Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa 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 make sure they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace can 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 sections of your home, but verify it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a furnace tune-up from Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham, 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 obstructed and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. 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 right ways and wrong ways to heat your home – 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 support paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.

To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 today.

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