Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Each year over 20,000 people go to the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the heating months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep your family safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety warm your home.

 

  • Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries every year.
  • Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as paper, clothing, bedding, or rugs, at least three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
  • Before starting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters and ensure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Do not use a cooking range to increase the temperature in your home.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally checked and cleaned yearly.

 

The best thing you can do for your furnace is to make sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your family warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your heating tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Service Experts will check to make sure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 561-629-1826 today and ask how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.

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