With the winter season we all tend to spend most of our 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 winter.
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 make sure they are operating. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial 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 going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined 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 normally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small areas of your home, but verify it has been sanctioned 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.
With a Precision tune-up from Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help prevent 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 devices to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous accumulation 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.