Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Tony Oakman from Lee’s Heating and Air explains how to check your heating to make sure your family is safe.

In order for families to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s essential that they have all their gas appliances, and especially their heating systems, checked on a regular basis. At Lee’s Heating and Air, they suggest that your furnace is checked at least once a year.

They estimate that out of all the furnaces they service every year, about 30 percent of them exceed industry safety standards when it comes to carbon monoxide levels. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible—so your home could have dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide present, and you wouldn’t even be aware of this problem.

Here are some tips from Lee’s Heating and Air:

1. Carbon monoxide monitors alone may not be enough to protect families from serious problems and even death. Regardless of how many carbon monoxide monitors a family has in their home, these devices may not always provide enough warning time for families to escape safely. In fact, by the time the monitors make a noise, people could already be unconscious, and therefore, unable to move outdoors to escape the poison. Even the Environmental Protection Agency, which advocates the use of carbon monoxide monitors, warns that people shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the detectors.

2. Get your furnace tested by a professional to make sure it is set up properly – whether a new furnace or an older unit. You also need to make sure you choose the right professional to make sure you’re getting the proper service to keep you safe. At Lee’s Heating and Air they truly care about you and want you to be safe, so they include a carbon monoxide test with every safety inspection. The benefits of these services are:

a. SAFETY, with proper adjustments you reduce the amount of carbon monoxide being produced and the likelihood of poisoning is reduced significantly.

b. A second benefit is efficiency and longevity – your furnace efficiency can increase by up to 20% and your furnace longevity can increase by up to 10 years.

3. Finally, make sure your furnace has adequate ventilation. This is essential for the furnace to operate properly, and to avoid carbon monoxide problems. Make sure that you don’t stack a lot of boxes or other items too close to your furnace—give it room to breathe.

Call Lee’s Heating and right now at 801-747-LEES, and they’ll schedule a time to come to your home and perform a safety inspection and carbon monoxide test on your furnace for only $49. You can find them online at www.leesheatac.com.

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