With the winter season we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are operating. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by a specialist. 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 a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Follow 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 Precision tune-up from Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your utility 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 Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 603-923-4570 today.