Winter months in the Niagara Region are near. In fact, the months of October through February have a track record of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances happening during those months. To understand the safety of your home, schedule an annual furnace service now, before the middle of winter arrives.
According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace could give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to prevent it from taking place.
“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be surprisingly harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be thought of as the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”
Any appliance in your home that utilizes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the opportunity to discharge carbon monoxide if the system is not running correctly or if it wasn’t installed correctly.
Your annual furnace service company can help identify any potential issues. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:
- Make sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
- Inspect for any other suspicious things that might compromise your safety
- Help you uncover any additional areas where you may want to think about adding a carbon monoxide detector
- Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is working at its top efficiency, helping give you peace-of-mind that you’re in an ideal spot to potentially save money this winter
It’s important to know that many furnace manufacturers may require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the experts at Niagara Home Services by Enercare can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at 289-273-2229 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the colder months.