Each year over 20,000 people go to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is produced by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety heat your home.
- Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and replace the batteries yearly.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a distance over three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before starting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces neglected. Turn off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like concrete or tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
- When investing in a new space heater, invest in a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Do not use a stove to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally checked and cleaned every year.
The best thing you can do for your furnace is to make sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your family warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your heating tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Service Experts will check to make sure your furnace is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 407-329-7661 today and learn how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.