While there are numerous benefits that come from having your heating unit checked before winter weather arrives, one that stands above the rest is the fact that an annual checkup can help prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Carbon Monoxide & How it Affects the Human Body
Carbon Monoxide, otherwise known as “CO,” is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas that can, unfortunately, cause “flu-like” symptoms in humans. The symptoms of CO poisoning are an upset stomach, chest pain, dizziness, headache, vomiting and confusion.
Where can CO come from in your home?
CO is produced by appliances or devices that burn fuels. Some of the most common that produce it (and are utilized more often in the winter) include furnaces, water heaters, room heaters and fireplaces.
When a home’s heating system is checked to guarantee that it is working properly, it will produce very little to no CO.
If you have your heating system and/or equipment checked by a certified technician on an annual basis, you’ll be less likely to find yourself, or another member of your family, suffering from CO poisoning. A good technician will also guarantee that all components of your heating system are connected properly, clean and free of blockage that might cause it to function improperly. Inevitably, if everything is in working order, then you should NOT be at risk for CO poisoning.
How can you tell that CO is running rampant throughout your home?
Because CO is odorless and colorless, it makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint. Sometimes most people will not even know that there is in issue until after they get sick.
One way that you can help keep your loved ones safe is by installing a CO detector/alarm. Some CO detectors will sound an alarm when the CO level is elevated, and others will sound an alarm when the level is life-threatening. Whatever the case, having a CO detector will prove invaluable.
Having your heating unit checked before winter weather arrives should never be an option, it should be a DEFINITE. Neglecting annual maintenance, especially for years after your heating system’s installation, can make a huge difference on the well-being and health of your family.
If you would like to know more about how to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning, and everything our technicians will do to assure that you and your loved ones are protected, do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Dowd’s.