Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it is odorless and colorless. Carbon monoxide poisoning goes unnoticed because its symptoms are similar to the flu.
Approximately 400 people die because of carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
Additionally, 20,000 people seek emergency treatment and 4,000 individuals require hospitalization.
The good news is that carbon monoxide is a serious, but avoidable, threat. The team at Supreme Service Today has put together this informational blog to help you stay warm and safe this winter.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide in Your Home
Because the gas is not noticeable it is important to have a carbon monoxide detector. A detector alerts you to the gas and prevents long-term exposure. It is also important to maintain any sources of carbon monoxide within the home.
Possible sources of Carbon Monoxide include:
- Gas Stoves/Ovens
- Fireplaces (gas and wood burning)
- Water Heaters
- Wood Stoves
- Running Vehicles
Causes of Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Furnaces
When a serviceman inspects a furnace, he/she examines the ventilation, filter, and ignition systems. Issues with these systems routinely cause furnaces to leak carbon monoxide. During an inspection, our technicians check for these problems:
- Check the pipes of the ventilation system for gaps, holes, or corrosion.
- Ensure that the pipes are securely connected to the furnace.
- Make sure that air fans vent gasses to the outside of the home.
- Check the filtration system for excessive dirt buildup or blockages.
- Check the ignition to make sure that gas burns completely.
- Inspect the internal heat exchange and combustion chamber for signs of corrosion or cracking.
It’s important to take the necessary steps and eliminate potential carbon monoxide dangers. A well-maintained furnace runs efficiently and safely.
Related Read: Furnace Filters: The Basics