Understand How Furnaces can produce Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a silent, and an odorless killer that takes the lives of hundreds of people in the United States every year. The thing that makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is the fact that it attaches itself to red blood cells and it keeps accumulating in the body. Because carbon monoxide is a gas, it can quickly circulate throughout the air, therefore making it easy to inhale, and create a situation where anyone can be exposed to the gas and the possibility of being poisoned by it.
Your Furnace Could Be Harming You and Your Family
High levels of carbon monoxide can come from many sources within the home, however a furnace that has not been maintained can be deadly. Gas and oil furnaces should be serviced every year so that a professional can evaluate its condition, and fix or replace any rusty parts, or elements with cracks, as this will keep combustion gases that should be going outside from entering the home. A service professional at Green Heating and Cooling will verify the levels of combustion gases, and do a thorough evaluation of each part of the furnace to make sure that there is no natural gas or oil leaks, and also ensure that there is proper ignition.
How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Besides people having their furnaces checked every year by a professional at Green Heating and Cooling, individuals can help ensure carbon monoxide safety in furnaces by making sure that they have at least one working carbon monoxide detector in their homes. If the home has any other appliances that are fueled by gas like a water heater, or a stove, they should also be checked by a service professional once a year. The Comfort Institute created a great informational video on Protection from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – click here to watch video.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Many people compare the symptoms of carbon monoxide to those of the flu. People that are victims of carbon monoxide poisoning generally have complaints of shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, and headache. In more severe cases disorientation, and a loss of consciousness can occur. Anyone that is believed to be a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning should go outside to get fresh air immediately, and treatment by a health care professional without hesitation.
Your Canton Heating System Expert – Green Heating and Cooling
Only a trained service professional at Green Heating and Cooling can make the determination that the heat exchanges in a furnace are in good condition, and are safe. People should remain proactive in their efforts to ensure that their home remains safe for themselves and their families by changing air filters regularly, checking the batteries in their carbon monoxide detectors monthly, and calling in a service professional once a year before the furnace is used during the fall and winter months. Call Green Heating and Cooling at 770-479-2844 for an appointment or schedule an appointment online.