Cooler months in West Chester are upon us. In fact, the months of October through February have a history of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances happening throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, set up an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter is upon us.
According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners know that their furnace could release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to stop it from occurring.
“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be very harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be confused 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 opportunity to give off carbon monoxide if the system is not working correctly or if it wasn’t installed the right way.
Your annual furnace service company can help identify any troubling concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:
- Make sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
- Look for any other weird things that could compromise your safety
- Help you find any additional areas where you may want to end up adding a carbon monoxide detector
- Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is running at its best efficiency, helping offer 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 may require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at Wesley Wood Service Experts 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 484-401-7577 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the cooler months.