With the cold weather we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking coffee will do the trick, Barlow Service Experts is here with a few 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 crucial that you have working CO detectors to make sure you are 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 have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small sections 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.
With a heating tune-up from Barlow Service Experts in the Wasatch Front region, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, make sure 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 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 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 the Wasatch Front region.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Barlow Service Experts at 801-436-8985 today.