Every year over 20,000 people go to the hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is put off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your home safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips to safety warm your home.
- Put in a CO detector on every floor of your home and change the batteries every year.
- Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a distance over three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to verify the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, buy a model that turns off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Don’t use a cooking range to heat your home.
- Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned every year.
The ultimate thing you can do for your furnace is to ensure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your fall tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Service Experts will check to ensure your heating equipment is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 303-647-5749 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.