Did you know that furnaces in disrepair are one of the leading causes of poisonous carbon monoxide emissions in American homes?
It’s true: having an old, broken-down furnace could place you at serious risk of having carbon monoxide gasses in your home. This is because carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion. When something is burning incorrectly, it releases CO (as well as other gasses that contaminate your air) and disperses the bad air throughout the home. This means that furnaces with excess soot, broken pieces, or cracks in the ventilation could be serious carbon monoxide risks.
What is carbon monoxide?
Known by many as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide has become famous as a safety threat for its total invisibility: carbon monoxide has no color and no odor, so it literally cannot be detected unless you have a CO alarm installed. Even then, a battery operate carbon monoxide alarm might fail you in your time of need, and God forbid anything should happen while the alarm isn’t operational. Over 400 Americans die every year of carbon monoxide poisoning, more than one a day. Many of those deaths could have been prevented if the home’s heating system had been properly maintained.
The following are all common problems with a furnace system that can result in carbon monoxide risk:
- Cracked Heat Exchangers
- Faulty Ventilation
- Broken Filters
- Pilot Lights that Burn Yellow (instead of blue)
Here at Central Plumbing, Heating, and Air, we’re the furnace specialists, and we want to make sure that you’re kept safe all year long. This winter, you can rely on us to keep your heating system in shape with the furnace maintenance, furnace repair, and furnace replacement service that is always done right the first time and always available around the clock.
Call the Central Heating experts for an annual furnace tune-up! If your furnace is more than 15 years old or has one of these symptoms:
- Bad Odors
- Loud Noises
- Higher than Usual Heating Bills
- Incomplete Home Heating
Then call us about having your furnace repaired or replaced today!