Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer
It’s officially winter, and the temperature outside demands heavy coats and gloves—and warm temperatures inside. Unfortunately, this life-saving warmth can also be deadly if proper furnace upkeep is not maintained, allowing carbon monoxide to build up in your home.
Carbon Monoxide and Its Causes
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is created during the combustion process when fuel is burned. Carbon monoxide can be produced in car engines, electrical generators, cigarettes and, of course, furnaces.
In a working furnace, carbon monoxide is properly contained and vented out of your home. However, when a furnace is improperly maintained, carbon monoxide could escape into your home. And it’s not just a silent killer; carbon monoxide is a swift killer.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is potent and can kill in minutes at high levels, but continuous exposure at lower levels can adversely affect your health as well. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Severe headaches
- Mental confusion
If you or any family members, including pets, start to show any of these symptoms, get all humans and animals out of the house immediately. Call 911 from a cell phone or neighbor’s home for medical attention.
Keeping You and Your Family Safe
Because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it can be difficult to detect. The best thing to do is to act now and take precautionary steps to keep a carbon monoxide leak from becoming a danger:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home
- Don’t allow your car to idle in the garage, even if the door is open
- Don’t use a gas oven to heat your home
- Don’t use a charcoal grill inside
- Don’t use gasoline-powered engines in enclosed spaces
- Follow directions carefully for all fuel-burning devices
It is also extremely important to contact the professionals at R & R Heating & Air for yearly furnace inspection and maintenance. We specialize in extremely sensitive carbon monoxide gas sensors. During your yearly inspection we:
- Check the filter
- Check belts, pulleys and blower shaft
- Inspect the pilot light and safety devices
- Check electrical connections
- Look for burned, brittle or frayed wire
- Check for gas leaks at both ends of the pilot tubing
- Clean burners and the combustion area
- Observe main and pilot burners
- Test for combustion gas leaks
- Check for proper venting
- Check the thermostat for temperature accuracy
You can trust R & R Heating & Air to keep your furnace in good working condition, which can save your families’ lives.
And for other heating emergencies in the Albuquerque area this season, please contact us. We’ll be there when you need us with high quality, trustworthy service.