Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the cold weather we all tend to spend the majority of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes snuggling in bed and drinking hot tea will do the trick, BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few 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 every floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s vital that you have working CO detectors to make sure you are safe.

Get Your Chimney Inspection

This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace up and running, but before you do, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace may 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 sections of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Observe all manufacturer’s instructions and be sure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable products.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a heating tune-up from BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhart, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to ensure there are no leaks or CO issues. Along with a furnace tune-up, make sure your heating vents are not obstructed and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help prevent allergens from irritating respiratory issues.


If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask

There are correct 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 result in a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.

To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 574-218-6404 today.

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