With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking coffee will do the trick, Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s important that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but confirm it has been approved 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 any flammable products.
With a furnace tune-up from Finch Air Conditioning & Heating in La Porte, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – 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 reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating at 281-407-9478 today.