Nearly everyone knows that carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be released by fuel-burning appliances. What you may not know is that the symptoms may pose a risk to your family’s health without you knowing it. That’s why you need to take precautions to keep your family safe. Follow these tips for detecting and eliminating this deadly gas in your home.

Regular Maintenance of HVAC Systems

One of the most common causes of carbon monoxide in the home is a malfunctioning HVAC system. That means you need to be proactive to protect the safety of your family. Fortunately, this is easy to do.

  1. Schedule regular maintenance for your furnace. Maintenance on your furnace can be done anytime throughout the year. Your HVAC technician will inspect your furnace to make sure that it is operating correctly and does not pose a risk for carbon monoxide exposure. Contact R & D Mechanical today to schedule a maintenance visit to make sure your system is safe and operating properly.
  2. Check vents and flues. Make sure your HVAC technician checks all vents and flues as part of the maintenance visit. Sometimes these can get blocked by insects or rodents, or from dust and residue, and pose a risk of a carbon monoxide leak. Having them inspected is a vital part of maintaining a safe HVAC system.
  3. Inspect the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger works hard to vent exhaust and circulate heat to your home, but sometimes it can develop cracks or holes and allow dangerous carbon monoxide to seep into your home. Check that the HVAC technician inspects the heat exchanger during the maintenance visit.

Schedule regular maintenance and cleaning of your furnace. This is best done in the fall before the heating season begins. Your HVAC technician will inspect and clean your furnace to make sure that it is operating correctly and does not pose a risk for carbon monoxide exposure.

Other Appliances

Your HVAC system isn’t the only appliance that can release carbon monoxide into your home. Because carbon monoxide is produced by any fuel source, gas ranges, water heaters, generators and other appliances that produce heat via combustion are also subject to concern. Keeping them safe is also important.

  1. Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected once a year.
  2. Follow all safety precautions and make sure portable heaters and gas or fuel-burning appliances are properly vented outside.
  3. Do not operate generators inside the home.

Install Monitors

Carbon monoxide monitors will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide in your home.

  1. Place carbon monoxide monitors at knee level so it will be level with the nose and mouth when you sleep. Carbon monoxide gas does not rise as smoke does. Detecting it at your sleeping level is important. Your family is most susceptible while sleeping because the carbon monoxide will build up in the bloodstream without your knowledge.
  2. Place carbon monoxide detectors near all sleeping areas.
  3. Install carbon monoxide detectors on both the ground floor and on upper levels of your home.

Keeping your family safe from carbon monoxide is vital, especially in the winter when the risk from heating systems and other fuel-burning appliances is the greatest. R & D Mechanical Services has the experience and expertise to detect and correct any issues that may put your family at risk of carbon monoxide exposure. Make an appointment today to have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned or visit our blog to learn more about how proactive furnace care can keep your family safe.