With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Niagara Home Services by Enercare is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by an expert. 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 an effective way to heat small rooms of your home, but make sure it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Niagara Home Services by Enercare in the Niagara Region, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, verify your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in the Niagara Region.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Niagara Home Services by Enercare at 289-273-2229 today.