Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Colder months in Hillsborough 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 occurring in the course of those months. To understand the safety of your home, schedule an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter arrives.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners understand that their furnace may release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but over half don't do anything to stop 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 chance to release carbon monoxide if the system is not working properly or if it wasn’t installed appropriately.

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

  • Be sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Search for any other suspicious things that may compromise your safety
  • Help you identify 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 running at its best efficiency, helping give you peace-of-mind that you’re in a great spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to know that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at Fras-Air/General 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 winter months.

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