Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter season we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are functioning. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. 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 typically safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small regions of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Myers, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to make 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 changing your air filter every month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating 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 appliances to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.

To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991 today.

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