Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter Published on November 02, 2016 Annually, over 20,000 people visit the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips to safety heat your home. Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and swap out the batteries yearly.Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unblocked.Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Shut off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like concrete or tile. Keep kids and pets away from space heaters.When purchasing a new space heater, buy a model that turns off automatically if the heater tumbles 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 checked and cleaned yearly. The best thing you can do for your heating system is to ensure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your home warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your heating tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Service Experts will check to be sure your heating equipment is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 801-396-0637 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.