Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas and if undetected, a silent killer in your home. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can prevent CO leaking in your home and reduce the risk poisoning to your family. An inspection, maintenance plan and carbon monoxide detectors will keep your family safe.
Schedule your maintenance and inspection with Gainesville Mechanical. Our NATE-certified technicians service all brands and types of heating and cooling systems.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The most common source of CO leaks in a home is a malfunctioning heating or ventilation system. When any of these systems are not working properly, there is a risk of carbon monoxide gas flowing into your indoor air. The type of systems that leak carbon monoxide emissions include:
- Furnaces and chimneys with leaks
- Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
- Kerosene heaters
- Gas ranges
- Gas-fueled space heaters
- Unvented fireplaces
- Any appliance fueled by gasoline
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide has no smell and can’t be seen. Knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning will allow you to identify potential exposure and get your family to safety. If you notice any of these symptoms, leave the home and have your heating system and other gas appliances inspected for a carbon monoxide leak:
- Persistent headaches
- Excessive nausea
- Confused state of mind
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Extreme fatigue
- Tightness in your chest
- Shortness of breath
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is the best way to know if you have an issue with CO emissions leaking inside your home. You should place detectors near bedrooms so your family will hear alarms if a carbon monoxide leak is detected overnight. Make sure you check the batteries regularly and test the carbon monoxide detector to make sure the unit is working properly at all times.
You should schedule an inspection for your heating system before and after every season it’s in use. Gainesville Mechanical’s technicians are trained and know what to look for when it comes to safety issues with all furnaces, boilers and other heating systems. An inspection will catch a problem before it causes issues with your family’s health and safety. Any leaks in your system can cause harmful carbon monoxide to leak into the air – repairing or replacing malfunctioning components is vital for your safety.
Investing in a preventative maintenance plan will ensure your system is in prime shape year-round. Our technicians will change your filter, clean the inside of your unit and identify any damaged components or ductwork so repairs can be made. Not only does routine maintenance on your system prevent CO poisoning, but it also creates a healthier, more efficient system for your home. You will experience boosted performance, saving you money and extending the life of your HVAC system.
Gainesville Mechanical offers preventative maintenance plans with several benefits. You receive priority service with our maintenance agreements, giving you fast service every time. You even receive discounts on parts and labor in the event of an emergency repair call. You decide the schedule for maintenance visits for increased convenience. We offer three different preventative maintenance plans for you to choose from and all three will keep your system and family healthy year-round.
Reduce your risk with an inspection and preventative maintenance from Gainesville Mechanical. Contact us today and speak to one of our NATE-certified technicians about our maintenance plans and schedule service to create a healthy, safe environment in your home!