Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter season we all tend to spend most of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are functioning. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure your home is safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. 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 a successful way to heat small areas of your home, but verify it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision tune-up from Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to make sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each 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 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 reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.

To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 518-417-2938 today.

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