Tips to Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

November 02, 2016

Annually, over 20,000 people go to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is put off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep you safe, Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips to safety keep your home heated.

 

  • Put in a CO detector on all floors of your home and swap out the batteries every year.
  • Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a distance over three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
  • Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
  • Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and ensure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like ceramic tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
  • When purchasing a new space heater, invest in a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Never use a stove to heat your home.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.

 

The best thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your fall tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Rolf Griffin Service Experts will check to be sure your furnace is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 260-557-1275 today and ask how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.

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