Tips for HVAC Maintenance and Signs of Carbon Monoxide Concerns
Winter is coming and with it an increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in residential homes. Protecting your loved ones from this silent killer is one of the most important things you can do, and it is relatively simple.
This deadly gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, which makes it hard to detect without the help of a functional carbon monoxide detector.
A detector isn’t your only means of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. There are signs to watch for if you suspect carbon monoxide is leaking in your home and tips to help you lower your risk of poisoning. Keep your family safe when you know what to look for and how to protect them.
Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Schedule regular HVAC maintenance on your heating and cooling equipment to prevent CO poisoning in your house. KS Services offers preventative maintenance plans affordable for any budget so you can experience peace of mind day and night.
Routine maintenance calls detect any damage and locate potential problems which lead to CO leaks. Keep your home healthy and carbon monoxide free with our help at KS Services.
Another way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to install CO detectors and check them periodically to verify they are working properly. Carbon monoxide detectors emit a signal alerting you when CO is present in your home.
Different detectors vary on how they sound and what sounds alert you to the amount of CO in an area. Check the batteries on your CO detector every month and perform a safety text to make sure the alarm is working correctly.
Signs of a Carbon Monoxide Leak
Many times, CO leaks are present in a home due to a faulty heating system, such as a furnace or boiler or other gas-fueled appliance. If there are compromised areas in your heating system, CO gas will leak into your home before completing the combustion process.
Carbon monoxide can leak from other areas in your home, besides the heating system. If you notice any of the below symptoms, leave your home and call KS Services to see if the leak is due to a faulty heating system:
- Cracks in the combustion chamber
- Older furnaces with signs of wear and tear
- Leaky seams on furnaces and boilers
- Cracks in the exhaust piping
- A pilot light that frequently blows out
- Yellow burner flame instead of the clear blue flame
- Heavy condensation on windows where appliances are installed
- Fallen soot in fireplaces
- Stale, smelly, or stuffy air
- Brownish-yellow or sooty stains around leaking appliances
- No upward drafter in a chimney flue
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
The other red flag CO is leaking in your home symptoms in your body or your pets. Get out of the house immediately if you notice any of the carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms below:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Extreme nausea
- Continuously fatigued
- Prolonged headaches
- Feeling weak
- Enhanced state of confusion
If you suspect potential CO poisoning seek emergency medical help. It is not something to ignore. Sadly, it can be lethal. Protect yourself and your loved ones when you know the signs of CO poisoning and prevention methods for lowering your risk.
Our NATE-certified technicians are standing by to assist you with your heating system, including questions about carbon monoxide. Call KS Services today!