With the winter season 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 coffee will do the trick, D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable items.
With a furnace tune-up from D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from aggravating 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 support 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 all winter long, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 518-205-3324 today.