Every year over 20,000 people go to the ER because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is produced by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the heating months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your family safe, Service Experts Commercial HVAC is here with a few tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on every floor of your home and swap out the batteries yearly.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a minimum of three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Shut off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like concrete or tile. Keep kids and furbabies away from space heaters.
- When investing in a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Do not use a cooking range to warm your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned yearly.
The ideal thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only ready to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your furnace tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Service Experts Commercial HVAC will check to make sure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 289-201-2346 today and find out how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.