With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking coffee will do the trick, Norrell Service Experts is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. 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 helpful way to heat small regions of your home, but verify it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.
With a furnace tune-up from Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right 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 support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Birmingham.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 today.