Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Neal Harris Service Experts is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Verify 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 crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and checked by a specialist. The fireplace may 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 rooms of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and contains 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 any flammable items.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a heating tune-up from Neal Harris Service Experts in Kansas City, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, verify your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from exacerbating 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 result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Kansas City.

To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Neal Harris Service Experts at 816-787-0500 today.

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