Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Colder months in Charlotte are near. In fact, the months of October through February have a track record of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances occurring throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, arrange an annual furnace service now, before the middle of winter arrives.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace could give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to prevent it from occurring.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be surprisingly harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be thought of as the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that uses fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the chance to release carbon monoxide if the system is not working as it should be or if it wasn’t installed the right way.

Your annual furnace service company can help identify any troubling problems. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Make sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Look for any other weird things that could compromise your safety
  • Help you uncover any additional areas where you may want to end up adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is working at its top efficiency, helping offer peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers may require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the winter months.

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