With the winter season 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, R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically 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 perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a specialist. 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 successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but make sure it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable items.
With a heating tune-up from R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Knoxville, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, make sure your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper 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 accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Knoxville.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 865-229-6176 today.