Furnace and Carbon Monoxide Safety

Furnace Repair Atlanta

As we continue through the fall season, soon it will be time to start thinking about furnace and carbon monoxide safety. In Atlanta, temperatures will soon be chilling off in the evenings, which will cause your furnace to come on. Is your furnace ready for those chilly nights? Have you had your system checked for cracks or rust? If not, you could be putting you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide is an colorless, tasteless, odorless, and poisonous gas that interferes with oxygen absorption in your bloodstream when inhaled. It is very toxic to humans and animals in high concentrations.

What does carbon monoxide have to do with furnaces?

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion. It is produced in gas or oil furnaces. If your furnace is properly vented, then the carbon monoxide will be safely vented outside. However, cracks can occur in the heat exchanger of the furnace, which can allow carbon monoxide to leak inside your home. Because this gas is odorless, you will not know if this poisonous gas is leaking inside your home.

How can you protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning?

Here are some tips to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide.

  • Purchase a NSI 3000 Low-Level CO Monitor. This monitor continuously scans for carbon monoxide – 24 hours a day seven days a week. Make sure to install one carbon monoxide monitor near every sleeping area inside your home.
  • Have your furnace inspected by a local HVAC professional at least once a year before the winter season begins.
  • Make sure all gas-powered appliances are vented properly.
  • Don’t leave your car running inside your garage for long periods of time.
  • Don’t use gas-powered appliances to heat your home.

If you need your home’s furnace inspected and tuned-up before winter, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning technicians are equipped with CO Angels. Your technician will immediately know if you have any carbon monoxide problems within your home. Contact Empire Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your furnace tune-up appointment at 404-294-0900.

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