With the cold weather we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Robinson Service Experts 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 each floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are working. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked 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 generally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small areas of your home, but make sure it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Robinson Service Experts in Waukegan, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace 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 aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 cause a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Robinson Service Experts at 847-306-8730 today.