Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

Annually, over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is given off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, Stevenson Service Experts is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated. 

  • Put in a CO detector on every floor of your home and change the batteries every year. 
  • Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters. 
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unblocked. 
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home. 
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and animals away from space heaters. 
  • When investing in a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over. 
  • Don’t use a oven to increase the temperature in your home. 
  • Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally checked and cleaned yearly. 

The best thing you can do for your heating equipment is to make sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your furnace tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Stevenson Service Experts will check to ensure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 614-334-3192 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th. 

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