Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside 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 each floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have working 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 have it regularly cleaned and maintained.

Be Careful with Space Heaters

Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned 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.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision 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, confirm 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 avoid allergens from irritating respiratory issues.


If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask

There are right ways and wrong ways to heat your home – 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.

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