Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter season we all tend to spend more time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Roland J. Down Service Experts 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, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have functioning 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, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. 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 typically 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 3 feet away from any flammable items.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision tune-up from Roland J. Down Service Experts in Albany, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re changing your air filter every month. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from aggravating 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 in Albany.

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

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