With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Eveready Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to make sure 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 your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small regions of your home, but make sure it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Eveready Service Experts in Richmond, 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 free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Eveready Service Experts at 804-548-4480 today.