With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are working. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small areas of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe 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 Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare in Oakville, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to make sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, verify your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Oakville.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare at 289-813-5566 today.