Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

Every year over 20,000 people visit the ER because of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector

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

  • Put in a CO detector on every floor of your home and replace the batteries yearly. 
  • Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a distance over three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves. 
  • Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to verify the chimney damper is open and unobstructed. 
  • Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended. 
  • Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile. Keep young ones and furbabies away from space heaters. 
  • When purchasing a new space heater, purchase a model that powers off automatically if the heater falls over. 
  • Never use a cooking range to warm your home. 
  • Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally inspected and cleaned annually. 

The ultimate thing you can do for your heating system is to be sure it’s not only all set to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your fall tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Stevenson Service Experts will check to be sure your furnace is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 614-334-3192 today and ask how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th. 

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