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Furnaces and Carbon Monoxide: How to Protect Your Family

December 20, 2015

Fossil fuels and many other energy sources produce carbon monoxide as they burn. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can cause dangerous symptoms in humans and pets and in extreme cases, can even cause death. Fortunately, however, there are many ways to avoid this in your Jacksonville home. To keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with your furnace, follow these tips.

Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance

Your HVAC technician is the person mostly likely to notice an issue with your furnace that could release carbon monoxide into your home. Scheduling regular furnace maintenance ensures that the appliance always runs in top condition. If your HVAC tech discovers a problem, he or she can help you rectify it.

Consider setting up a maintenance service plan. You will enjoy twice yearly maintenance for your furnace and your air conditioner, which means your HVAC appliances will be far less likely to break down when you need them most. Plus, you will save money because a well-maintained furnace generally lasts longer. Issues like cracked heat exchangers are common culprits for carbon monoxide leaks, but your HVAC technician will be able to identify any developing problems, and make timely repairs.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A carbon monoxide detector alerts you and your family to any carbon monoxide leak in your home. It is best to install a detector near your bedroom so that you will be more likely to hear it goes off at night when you are sleeping. Add another one in your common living area to ensure safety.

Understand the Risk

While carbon monoxide poisoning represents a real danger to humans and pets, chances of exposure can be reduced if you are vigilant, and take necessary precautions. Engineering and mechanical safety standards for modern furnaces ensure manufacturers create safe products for use in homes. Even though today’s systems are safer, you should continue to exercise caution with use of your furnace.

If you are ready to schedule HVAC maintenance or if you need to schedule an HVAC service visit, give Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating a call today at (904) 574-5619.

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