With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Becht/Givens Service Experts 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, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s important 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 roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by a specialist. 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 helpful way to heat small sections of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Becht/Givens Service Experts in Louisville, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. 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 avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating 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 products to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Becht/Givens Service Experts at 502-785-8230 today.