Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter season we all tend to spend more time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, especially 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 functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.

Be Careful with Space Heaters

Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small areas of your home, but verify it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and contains 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 products.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a furnace tune-up from Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each 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 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 result in a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.

To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-596-1257 today.

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