Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold weather we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Fras-Air/General Service Experts 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, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are operating. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial 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, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected 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 generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small rooms of your home, but confirm it has been approved by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and make sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision tune-up from Fras-Air/General Service Experts in Hillsborough, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to ensure 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 prevent 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 devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need support paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.

To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts at 908-448-2154 today.

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