Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Annually, over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is given off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety heat your home.

 

  • Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries annually.
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces neglected. Shut off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like ceramic tile. Keep children and animals away from space heaters.
  • When purchasing a new space heater, purchase a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Never use a cooking range to warm your home.
  • Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally inspected and cleaned annually.

 

The best thing you can do for your furnace is to make sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your heating tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Service Experts will check to be sure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 866-397-3787 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.

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