Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Cooler months in Albany are near. In fact, the months of October through February have a history of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances occurring in the course of those months. To understand the safety of your home, set up an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter is here.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace can discharge deadly carbon monoxide gas, but more than half don't do anything to keep it from happening.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be very 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 consumes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the chance to discharge carbon monoxide if the system is not running correctly or if it wasn’t installed appropriately.

Your annual furnace service company can help identify any troubling concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Make sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Look for any other out-of-place things that could compromise your safety
  • Help you uncover any additional areas where you may want to consider adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is working at its peak efficiency, helping offer peace-of-mind that you’re in an ideal spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers could require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the cooler months.

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