The Dangers of a Carbon Monoxide Leak: Are You At Risk?

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When you have gas heating equipment in the home, there is a possibility—if minor—that carbon monoxide can leak out into your home. We want to reassure you that, today, gas furnaces and boilers are built to be safe and durable. However, that doesn’t mean you should trust that your heating system is 100% safe. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the fuel-burning process. It should vent safely to the outside of the home via a flue pipe, vent pipe, or chimney, but this can go wrong. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills hundreds each year and hospitalizes hundreds more. Here’s what you should do to prevent carbon monoxide leaks in your home.

What You Should Do When You Own or Rent a Home

When you get a new house or apartment, it’s important to see that it has all of the proper safeguards in place. Schedule an inspection of the home before moving in. Make sure there are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home. If not, install CO detectors within 15 feet of every bedroom or sleeping area.

What You Should Do When You Purchase a Heating System

When you buy a new heating system, it’s important that you take the time to seek out a professional technician to install it. Calling a local handyman might seem to be the less expensive option, but it will cost you later on. You are at risk for constant repair problems, potential system failures, poor efficiency, and safety hazards unless you work with a professional HVAC technician on your installation.

What You Should Do Each Year to Prevent CO Leaks

Each and every month, test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors by holding down the test button. Replace batteries every six months, or when testing the CO detectors does not yield an alarm. And replace the unit every 10 years. In addition, call technicians for annual maintenance services for your heater each year to inspect your system and report any safety issues to you. If you live in the Blaine, MN area, contact Air Mechanical, Inc. for all of your heating service needs this year. We want to help you protect your home from the dangers of a carbon monoxide leak.

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