With the winter season we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 all floors of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 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 regions of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned 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 3 feet away from any flammable products.
With a Precision tune-up from Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Pierre, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a heating tune-up, verify your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – 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 buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 605-223-0307 today.