With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are working. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small areas of your home, but make sure it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable products.
With a furnace tune-up from Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Buffalo, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to make sure your home is heated – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these products to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 716-427-6807 today.