When you’re doing fall maintenance on your HVAC system, don’t forget to check your carbon monoxide detector. Making sure this alarm works and has a fresh set of batteries will help keep you and the rest of your family safe in your eastern North Carolina home all year. There are many important reasons to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially during fall and winter.
About Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is odorless and colorless, making it virtually impossible for humans to detect. CO can leak into your home from your furnace , stove or fireplace and cause serious health problems that can quickly become fatal if exposure continues. In some cases, leaks occur due to faulty equipment, while other leaks are caused by equipment that isn’t used properly or not maintained on a regular basis.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for more than 200 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Exposure to this gas typically causes mild headaches and nausea at first, which can then progress to more severe headaches and a loss of consciousness. Without treatment or with continued exposure to carbon monoxide, it can be fatal.
Types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, knowing what type to get and where to put them is important. Some models are powered by batteries, while others run on electricity. AC-powered detectors check for carbon monoxide with a solid-state sensor, while battery-operated ones use a passive sensor that goes off when the gas is present. For best use, place one carbon monoxide detector on the same floor as your bedrooms, and put additional ones near gas sources, such as the furnace or water heater. Detectors should be placed up near the ceiling.
If you need help with fall maintenance for your HVAC system, contact Jackson & Sons . Our experienced technicians offer high-quality heating and cooling services throughout eastern North Carolina. We’ll help make sure your home is ready for colder weather.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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