With the winter season we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking coffee will do the trick, Epperson 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 every floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 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 generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with 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.
With a Precision tune-up from Epperson Service Experts in Hilton Head Island, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to ensure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help stop allergens from aggravating 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 products to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Hilton Head Island.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Epperson Service Experts at 843-619-3781 today.