With the winter season we all tend to spend the majority of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, D&K Home Services by Enercare is here with some 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, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell 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 ideal time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small regions of your home, but verify 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 36 inches away from any flammable items.
With a heating tune-up from D&K Home Services by Enercare in Belleville, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to ensure 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 replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper 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 create a fire or a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call D&K Home Services by Enercare at 613-707-2421 today.