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 cocoa will do the trick, McKinley Heating Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure 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 your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by a professional. The fireplace could be a source of CO if you don’t have it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are typically safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.
With a Precision tune-up from McKinley Heating Service Experts in Edmonton, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help stop allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are correct ways and wrong ways to make sure your home is heated – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call McKinley Heating Service Experts at 780-800-7092 today.