With the winter season we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Chief/Bauer Service Experts 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, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by an expert. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small rooms of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.
With a Precision tune-up from Chief/Bauer Service Experts in Champaign, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, verify 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 stop allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are correct ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these products to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts at 217-689-2469 today.