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 curling up with a blanket and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Strand Brothers Service Experts is here with a couple tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this season.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, particularly near bedrooms, and test them to verify they are working. Since CO cannot be detected because it is odorless and invisible, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure you are 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 inspected 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 typically safe, energy efficient, and an effective way to heat small rooms of your home, but make sure it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and comes with an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and make 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 Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. 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 correct 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 appliances to heat your home could create a fire or a dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your heating bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Austin.

To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-592-3072 today.

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