With the winter season we all tend to spend more time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking coffee will do the trick, Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Confirm 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 does not have a smell 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 going, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected 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 a helpful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been approved 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.
With a Precision tune-up from Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are correct 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 assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 843-619-3781 today.