With the winter season we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Strogen's Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor 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 working CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected 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 typically 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. Obey 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 in Rochester, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid 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 at 603-923-4570 today.