Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Broad Ripple Service Experts 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 all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have functioning 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 checked by an expert. The fireplace can 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 an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but make sure it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable items.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a furnace tune-up from Broad Ripple Service Experts 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 furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.


If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask

There are appropriate ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Indianapolis.

To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Broad Ripple Service Experts at 317-527-0271 today.

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