Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installation
Inspecting Your Home for Dangerous CO Levels
As the seasons grow colder, homeowners turn on their furnaces and heaters and close their windows. While common, without a properly maintained heating system and a carbon monoxide sensor, you’re leaving your family open to dangerous conditions. Closed air systems and furnace usage after a long period of inactivity could allow carbon monoxide levels (and smoke) to rise in your home.
If you experience the following symptoms shortly after turning on your furnace, seek medical attention:
- Dull headache
- Blurry eyesight
- Nausea / vomiting
These may look like the signs of a flu, but they are also the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. CO displaces oxygen in your air and in your lungs, causing you to have a sudden and dangerous shortage of oxygen. This can lead to unconsciousness, permanent brain damage, and even death in some tragic cases.
What Can I Do About Carbon Monoxide?
The immediate solution is to install carbon monoxide sensors. CO can be produced by any combustion-type appliance, including gas and oil-burning furnaces, gas stoves, fireplaces, and wood-burning home appliances. This is why smoke and CO are often mentioned together when it comes to home safety.
These are not always safety issues—as long as the appliances are working perfectly and your windows are open. But few homeowners leave their windows open when the heater is on, and few homeowners take the time to check that their heating system is working perfectly before using it.
Professional heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians can inspect your home and install CO sensors where they will be the most effective. Sensors will be able to warn you well before your air becomes toxic, prompting you to turn off your heating appliances and open your windows. There are a range of CO sensors available, relying on both electrical and battery power to protect you, even in a power outage.
How Do I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
The best way to do that is through regular maintenance of your gas appliances. Clean your stoves and ovens often, clear your flue before using it, and have your heating system inspected before the winter comes. Inspecting your heating system before it gets cold will ensure that you’ll have time to order necessary repairs before you need them—thoroughly preparing you for the winter. Doing a robust maintenance check of your furnace, boiler, or heating system every autumn is a great, cost-effective way to make sure you and your family are safe from carbon monoxide. Not only does it repair any issues before they become major problems, but it helps extend the life of your heater. Investing in annual maintenance makes sure you’re not spending a fortune on heating bills every winter.
It’s Time to Breathe Easy. Call Aire Serv®!
Since 1992, our team has provided homeowners with the ability to breathe easy. Our service is guaranteed to be effective and high-quality, and our heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) experts make sure we handle all your problems, no matter the size. Our inspection checklist covers every component and aspect of your heating system, cleaning and repairing as we go. We can also install CO sensors for you where they’ll matter most. In fact, we can do it all in one visit. Give yourself peace of mind this winter and schedule service with Aire Serv. Our expert heating technicians have the skill, experience, and training to keep you and your family safe and healthy year-round.
Call (855) 512-2886 today to schedule your appointment.