Carbon Monoxide Tips to Detect & Prevent Leaks
Carbon Monoxide, (CO), is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it; but carbon monoxide poisoning can kill you and has been referred to as the “silent killer”. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas goes undetected in a home.
Since heating season is now upon us households have an increased risk of carbon monoxide entering the home issues as most furnaces use gas and with most gas appliances have the risk of leaking carbon monoxide.
There are ways you can prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home as well as methods to detect this harmful gas so that your daily is kept safe. Here are a fee tips:
- Annual Maintenance: Fall maintenance might seem like an inconvenience, but it is a critical safety check for your home’s heating system. Have a technician come to your home to ensure your furnace is clean, efficient, and safe. Your technician can catch potential leaks and fix them too.
- Changing Air Filters: The air filter in your furnace plays a critical role. A dirty filter clogs the system, which forces a backup of airflow. Change your filter frequently throughout the season. It could be monthly depending on the type of furnace filter you use and the occupants in your home. Families with pets may require more frequent checks of their furnace filters.
- Proper Installation: Furnace installations can be complex. When the blower motor or ductwork is installed incorrectly, it allows carbon monoxide buildup to re-enter back into your house. That is why it is important to hire a trusted, experienced company like Royal Air Heating & Air Conditioning to tackle this task.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors: As an essential safety measure, install carbon monoxide detectors throughout each level of your home. CO is an odorless, colorless gas; therefore, the only way to detect high levels is to use a detector. Install a unit on each floor of your home to catch heightened levels.
If it has been a while since your furnace has been serviced or if you are concerned about potential carbon monoxide leaks, call in the specialists from Royal Air at (732)409-3322 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.