Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Colder months in Alliance are near. In fact, the months of October through February have a record of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances occurring during those months. To understand the safety of your home, schedule an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter is here.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners know that their furnace may release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but more than half don't do anything to stop it from happening.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be very harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be thought of as the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that consumes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the opportunity to release carbon monoxide if the system is not operating as it should be or if it wasn’t installed the right way.

Your annual furnace service company can help find any possible problems. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Ensure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Inspect for any other suspicious things that may compromise your safety
  • Help you identify any additional areas where you may want to consider adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is operating at its best efficiency, helping offer peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to keep in mind that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the team at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at 330-235-1260 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the winter months.