Although everyone loves to think of their homes as a safe and comfortable place to be, that’s not necessarily always the case. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can reduce the safety of your home, some of which, you’ll never even know are happening. One “silent killer” in many homes is air quality. More specifically, Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide (CO), is an odorless and colorless flammable gas that can pollute your home’s air and seriously harm your health and the health of anyone in your home. Keep reading to learn more about protecting against this gas or give Davis Heating & Cooling a call today.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
CO is produced from fumes that are created when you burn fuel such as car fuel, small engines, stoves, fireplaces, or furnaces. When it builds up enough in one area, it can poison and kill anyone who breathes it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 400 people die every year from CO poisoning in the United States and around 24,000 are affected by it.
Check Your Chimney
A clogged chimney may present a risk for carbon monoxide in your home. Be sure to check your chimney and fireplace to ensure that it’s running efficiently and ensure that you clean it regularly. If you’re not comfortable inspecting a chimney or you’ve never done it before, be sure to contact a professional.
Check HVAC Vents
As you move furniture and other things around your home, ensure that you never block or cover up your heating vents. Not only will air not escape the vent, preventing you from having a warm home but when a vent is blocked, it can cause the furnace to overheat. When this happens, they’re more likely to become damaged and leak carbon monoxide.
Check or install Additional Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are arguably even more important than smoke detectors because MO has neither an odor nor a taste or appearance, making it virtually impossible to detect until you start experiencing symptoms like lightheadedness or vomiting. If you do not have a CO detector, have one installed immediately. If you have one, get it checked to make sure it’s still working and consider installing more throughout your home.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Your furnace drains more energy than most parts of your home and as a result, it burns a lot more fuel than something like your stove or oven. As such, it’s important that you have your furnace inspected on a regular basis, especially during the winter when it sees a lot of use.
Contact Davis Heating & Cooling
Here at Davis Heating & Cooling, your safety is our top priority. And one of the best ways you can ensure the safety of your own home is to keep your HVAC system running efficiently all year long. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form today to get started.