With winter approaching it means freezing cold temperatures and icy conditions are right around the corner causing you to spend a little more time indoors. Heating your home can be quite costly but by following the tips below you will be able to conserve as much as possible, while ensuring your family remains safe and warm.
- Heating Systems: Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to have your heating system serviced by an HVAC professional to ensure everything is working properly.
- Space Heater Safety: Space heaters can be a great way to heat areas within your home that may be lacking optimal air flow. But before you make your purchase be sure to calculate the correct size space heater for the size of the room it will be placed in. Also, be sure to check for safety certifications, overheat, and tip-over protection. While they can be a great fix, space heaters can also be a fire hazard so be sure to unplug them when not in use and inspect them daily.
- Chimney Cleaning: Chimneys are one of the leading causes of home fires. So, before you use your fireplace, make sure you have your chimney properly examined and cleaned by a professional. Chimneys should be cleaned annually to prevent fire and carbon monoxide from building up and entering your home.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon Monoxide is extremely dangerous, and families are often more at risk during the winter due to gas heat. Be sure to have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed per floor and near sleeping areas. Also, if you choose to let your car heat up before driving, be sure to pull your car out of the garage before doing so.
- Check Window and Door Seals: Many homes lose heat due to leaks within window and door seals. Be sure to patch these up before the cold air hits to keep your home warm and your heating bill down.
- Invest in a Generator: In the event of severe winter weather it is always best to be prepared in the event of a power outage. Purchase one before the season hits as they often raise the price of generators in the winter and sell out quickly.
- Fan Rotation: If you have ceiling fans throughout your home be sure to set them to rotate clockwise during the winter. When your ceiling fan spins clockwise it draws cold air up to the ceiling and pushes warm air downward, keeping your home warmer.
Another great option to remain safe while heating your home is to install a Monitored Fire Protection System. With smoke detectors, carbon monoxide systems, and a 24/7 central station monitoring you can sleep sound at night knowing your home and family is in good hands! Contact Fleenor Security Systems today for a free system evaluation!