With the winter weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Stark Services is here with some tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on every floor of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s vital 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 up and running, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace can 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 helpful way to heat small regions of your home, but confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and has 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.
With a furnace tune-up from Stark Services in Fort Worth, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure 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 avoid the air flow from becoming restricted and help stop allergens from aggravating respiratory issues.
If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask
There are proper ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – using the oven, a grill, or a camp stove are all wrong ways. Using these products 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 winter long, call Stark Services at 817-668-6689 today.