With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, A-Plus is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure 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 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 professional. 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 generally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small areas of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from any flammable items.
With a Precision tune-up from A-Plus in Waldorf, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to ensure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are right 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 buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call A-Plus at 301-747-3140 today, or schedule service online.
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