Every year over 20,000 people visit the emergency room because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep you safe, Finch Air Conditioning & Heating is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on each floor of your home and swap out the batteries yearly.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
- Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
- When investing in a new space heater, invest in a model that powers off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Don’t use a cooking range to warm your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally checked and cleaned annually.
The ultimate thing you can do for your heating equipment is to make sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your home warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your heating tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Finch Air Conditioning & Heating will check to ensure your furnace is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 281-407-9478 today and learn how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.