Stay Warm and Safe This Winter Published on January 12, 2017 With the cold weather we all tend to spend most of our time inside trying to stay warm. While sometimes hiding under the covers and drinking hot cocoa will do the trick, Coastal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips on how to stay warm (and safe!) this winter. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Confirm you have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on all floors of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to make sure they are functioning. Since CO is an odorless gas and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your family is safe. Get Your Chimney Inspection This is the right time of year to get the fireplace roaring, but before you do, ensure you have your chimney cleaned and examined by a professional. The fireplace can 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 areas 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 ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 36 inches away from any flammable products. Furnace Tune-Up With a heating tune-up from Coastal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Savannah, we will perform a safety check of your heating system to be sure there are no leaks or carbon monoxide issues. Along with a Precision tune-up, confirm your heating vents are not blocked and that you’re replacing your air filter each month. This will keep the air flow unrestricted and help avoid allergens from aggravating respiratory issues. If You Need Help Staying Warm, Ask There are correct ways and wrong ways to keep your home warm – 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 buildup of carbon monoxide. If you need assistance paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service close to you. To make sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all season long, call Coastal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 912-208-2399 today.