Stay Warm and Safe This Winter

January 12, 2017

With the winter season we all tend to spend more time indoors trying to stay warm. While sometimes curling up with a blanket and drinking coffee will do the trick, Rolf Griffin Service Experts 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 every floor of your home, specifically near bedrooms, and test them to confirm they are functioning. Since CO does not have a smell and cannot be detected, it’s crucial that you have operating CO detectors to make sure your home is 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 checked by a professional. The fireplace may be a source of CO if you don’t keep it regularly cleaned and maintained.

Be Careful with Space Heaters

Space heaters are generally safe, energy efficient, and a successful way to heat small sections of your home, but verify it has been sanctioned by a recognized testing laboratory and has an automatic shut-off feature. Obey all manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is placed on a hard, level surface at least 3 feet away from any flammable items.

Furnace Tune-Up

With a Precision tune-up from Rolf Griffin Service Experts in Fort Wayne, we will perform a safety check of your furnace to ensure there are no leaks or CO problems. Along with a Precision tune-up, make sure your heating vents are free from obstruction and that you’re swapping out your air filter every 30 days. This will prevent the air flow from becoming restricted and help prevent allergens from exacerbating 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 devices to heat your home could cause a fire or a dangerous reserve of carbon monoxide. If you need help paying your energy bills, visit NeedHelpPayingBills.com to find a service in Fort Wayne.

To be sure your home is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts at 260-557-1275 today.

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