How to Keep Your Family Safe From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide is a dangerous chemical that can be created by your HVAC system — especially dated HVAC systems. Corrosion over the years can cause your system to leak CO into your home. But we don’t want you to freak out — CO poisoning is preventable. In this blog, we’ll be discussing some ways that you can help keep your family safe from CO poisoning. We also want to briefly highlight why CO poisoning is so dangerous. 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas which means that it’s impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is produced every single day and especially in the cooler months of the year. With carbon monoxide being such an undetectable threat it can affect a lot of people without them even realizing it. Did you know that about 50,000 people visit the emergency room every year for accidental CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning? That’s why it’s so important to take precautions to ensure you and your family stay safe. 

Tip #1

Be aware of the appliances you’re using in your home. Any appliance that is burning fuel to create is likely to produce carbon monoxide. For example, heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, and even ovens can produce carbon monoxide. Be sure that you know what appliances in your home may produce carbon monoxide so that you can use them safely. 

Tip #2 

Know that old HVAC units can create carbon monoxide, too. This is most likely to happen when you’re using the heat rather than the AC. Being aware of the age of your system and getting it inspected can help ensure that everything is working correctly. A/C Masters 16-point check-up is a great way to ensure that your system is good to go after switching to heat. 

Tip #3 

Get carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. These devices much like fire alarms will alert you if there is an unhealthy level of carbon monoxide in your home. These devices are fairly cheap, can be found at your local hardware store and can be easily installed. You can even purchase smoke detectors with built-in carbon monoxide detectors so everything is in one device. If you need help, call an expert! 

Scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment prior to the start of the heating season will give you peace of mind as the weather cools down and you prepare to turn the thermostat up. Preventative action is always the best bet when it comes to keeping your family safe! Schedule your preventative maintenance today and keep your loved ones safe all winter long! (757) 898-2894

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