Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Every year over 20,000 people end up in the ER as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as confirmed 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 colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips to safety warm your home.

 

  • Place a CO detector on every floor of your home and replace the batteries every year.
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
  • Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Turn off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like concrete or tile. Keep young ones and furbabies away from space heaters.
  • When buying a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
  • Never use a oven to warm your home.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned every year.

 

The ideal thing you can do for your heating equipment is to be sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping you warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your furnace tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will check to ensure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 289-273-2229 today and find out how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.

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