As we slowly make our way through winter, many of us are more focused on staying warm than the thing that actually keeps us warm: our furnace. If you have a gas furnace, make sure you’re doing everything to keep your family safe and keep these tips in mind.
- Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector: carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is found in fumes produced after burning fuels, such as gas furnaces. Because it’s colorless and odorless, it’s often referred to as the “silent killer” because it’s so hard to detect. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for every level of your home, and an even better idea is to purchase detectors that are connected throughout your home. That way, if one detects carbon monoxide, all the alarms in your home will sound, not just one.
- Know the Symptoms: the more you know about carbon monoxide and the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, the better protected you’ll be from this harmful gas. Many of the early symptoms are often described as “flu-like,” which is why they’re overlooked by so many people. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Some of the more severe symptoms someone can experience are chest pain, shortness of breath, and confusion.
- Get Regular Maintenance Checks: one of the easiest ways to prevent a carbon monoxide leak is to have routine maintenance checks on your gas furnace. Hire an HVAC company to come out and have a certified technician check over your entire system. This not only includes your heating system but also your water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliance in your home. You should have this done every year so that you know your furnace and other systems are running correctly and that your family is safe from a harmful gas leak.
If you’re worried about your gas furnace and are in need of a maintenance check, Dupuis Energy is here to help. We offer an annual heating system tune-ups that will not only extend the life of your heating system but also keep your family safe year round. Give us a call today at 1-800-322-5052 to schedule a tune-up, or visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can help you.