With the winter weather we all tend to spend more time in our homes trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot tea will do the trick, Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Verify you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are working. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have functioning CO detectors to make sure your family is safe.
Get Your Chimney Inspection
This is the perfect time of year to get the fireplace going, but before you do, be sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it properly cleaned and maintained.
Be Careful with Space Heaters
Space heaters are normally safe, energy efficient, and a helpful way to heat small areas of your home, but confirm it has been authorized by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
With a furnace tune-up from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air in San Antonio, we will perform a safety check of your heating equipment to be sure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a furnace tune-up, verify your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help avoid 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 products to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your utility bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service near you.
To ensure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm through the winter, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air at 210-404-4233 today.