Stay Warm and Safe This Winter Published on January 12, 2017 With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) during the cold. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, especially near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s important that you have working CO detectors to make sure your home is 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 specialist. 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 normally safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small sections of your home, but make sure it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable. Furnace Tune-Up With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Toronto, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, verify your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating respiratory issues. If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask There are appropriate ways and wrong ways to heat your home – 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 buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Toronto. To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 905-453-6700 today.