With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s important 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 going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from any flammable products.
With a heating tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ocala, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 create a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Ocala.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-414-4006 today.