With the winter weather we all tend to spend more 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 Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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, especially near bedrooms, and test them to confirm 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 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 a specialist. The fireplace may 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 a helpful way to heat small rooms of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a heating tune-up from Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Kansas City, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO issues. 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 prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are correct ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Kansas City.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 816-787-0500 today.