Colder months in Toronto are upon us. 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 taking place in the course of those months. To understand the safety of your home, schedule an annual furnace service now, before the peak of winter is here.
According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners understand that their furnace may release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but more than half don't do anything to keep it from happening.
“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be quite harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be mistaken for 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 ability to release carbon monoxide if the system is not working as it should be or if it wasn’t installed correctly.
Your annual furnace service company can help uncover any potential issues. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:
- Be sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
- Inspect for any other suspicious things that could compromise your safety
- Help you uncover 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 top efficiency, helping give you peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter
It’s important to know that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at Service Experts Commercial HVAC 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 905-453-6700 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the colder months.