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 hiding under the covers 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 Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s important that you have working CO detectors to make sure your family is safe. Get Your Chimney Inspection This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by an expert. The fireplace can be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained. Be Careful with Space Heaters Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small regions of your home, but make sure it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and contains an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable. Furnace Tune-Up With a furnace tune-up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a heating tune-up, confirm 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 proper 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 products to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you. To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-871-8425 today.