With the winter season we all tend to spend the majority of our time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Matz-Rightway is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the right time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace can 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 confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and has 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 products.
With a heating tune-up from Matz-Rightway in Long Island, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to make sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, verify your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating 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 appliances to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Long Island.
To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Matz-Rightway at 631-406-9220 today.