With the cold weather we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
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 verify 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 home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Indianapolis, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are correct ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these devices to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 317-527-0271 today.