Stay Warm and Safe This Winter Published on January 12, 2017 With the cold weather we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some 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, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe. Get Your Chimney Inspection This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained. Be Careful with Space Heaters Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful 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. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable items. Furnace Tune-Up With a heating tune-up from Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ogden, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating 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 products to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Ogden. To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-436-8985 today.