With the winter weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Church Services 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 all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure you are 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 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 normally safe, energy efficient, and a successful 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. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Church Services in Houston, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will avoid 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 heat your home – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Houston.
To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Church Services at 713-396-3760 today.