With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking coffee will do the trick, Kingston Home Services by Enercare is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are operating. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have working CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected 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 normally 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 contains an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.
With a Precision tune-up from Kingston Home Services by Enercare in Kingston, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help stop allergens from irritating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are appropriate 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 assistance paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Kingston.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare at 613-817-1591 today.