Colder months in Champaign 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 happening throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, arrange an annual furnace service now, before the middle of winter is here.
According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace may give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to stop it from taking place.
“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 utilizes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the opportunity to discharge carbon monoxide if the system is not operating correctly or if it wasn’t installed correctly.
Your annual furnace service company can help identify any troubling concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:
- Be sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
- Look for any other weird things that may compromise your safety
- Help you find 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 working at its peak efficiency, helping offer peace-of-mind that you’re in an ideal spot to potentially save money this winter
It’s important to know that many furnace manufacturers could require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the experts at Chief/Bauer Service Experts 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 217-689-2469 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the cooler months.