Is Your Furnace Leaking Carbon Monoxide?

12.15.20

Most furnaces are gas-burning and produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be deadly if it is not vented out of a home or business correctly.

An efficiently burning gas furnace produces tiny amounts of carbon monoxide, but problems can occur over time. CO leaks can quickly develop, endangering your family and pets.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Leaks from Your Furnace

 

Schedule Your Annual Maintenance with Stuart Pro

Regular maintenance on your HVAC system means catching and avoiding all kinds of possible problems, from a broken furnace to a carbon monoxide leak. Our Stuart Pro technicians know how to spot and prevent potential issues before you are aware of them. Every maintenance visit includes a system clean and inspection, during which any number of potential problems can be identified and solved. Best of all, annual maintenance gives you peace of mind.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Throughout Your Home

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, making it incredibly dangerous as most people will not know when it has accumulated in their home. A CO detector warns you when there are high levels of carbon monoxide in your home. Note: Many fire detectors are also built to recognize carbon monoxide, but not all. You will need a separate carbon monoxide detector if your fire alarm isn’t dual function.

Change Your Air Filter

You’ll breathe more comfortably if your furnace can breathe easy! Why? A common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is an airflow backup to your heating system. What’s the solution? Change your air filter at least once a month.

Keep Outdoor Vents Clear of Debris

Ice, snow, leaves, frisbees – make sure your outdoor vents are clear of debris.

Portable Generators are for Outside Use Only

Never use a portable generator inside your home, shed, garage, crawlspace, etc. Carbon monoxide quickly collects in these areas and often lingers for hours even when the generator is turned off.

Furnace Installation

Is your CO detector continually going off? It could be that your furnace was installed poorly. Your blower motor or ductwork could be the culprit. If you are concerned that your furnace isn’t venting carbon monoxide as it should, please give us a call.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Do you know the signs of CO poisoning?
Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred or impaired vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain
  • Impaired coordination

If you have questions about protecting your family from carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace, or if you would like to schedule annual maintenance, give us a call at 770.813.1316. We’re here to help and put your mind at ease.