With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority 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 few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small areas of your home, but confirm it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and has 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 items.
With a Precision tune-up from Chief/Bauer Service Experts in Champaign, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts at 217-689-2469 today, or schedule service online.
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