Stay Warm and Safe This Winter Published on January 12, 2017 With the winter season we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking coffee will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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, especially near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s important that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe. Get Your Chimney Inspection This is the ideal time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a specialist. 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 generally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small sections of your home, but confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable items. Furnace Tune-Up With a furnace tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Provo, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from exacerbating respiratory issues. If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask There are proper 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 result in a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you. To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-396-0637 today.