Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Annually, over 20,000 people go to the emergency room because of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is produced by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep your home safe, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips to safety keep your home heated.

 

  • Put in a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries yearly.
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, always check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
  • Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and animals away from space heaters.
  • When buying a new space heater, buy a model that powers off automatically if the heater tips over.
  • Do not use a cooking range to increase the temperature in your home.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.

 

The best thing you can do for your furnace is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your furnace tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will check to be sure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 518-417-2938 today and learn how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.

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