Our blog today is to remind our readers that fall is an ideal time of year to get your home or office furnace checked for safety and efficiency. If you are on an annual preventative maintenance program with a local HVAC company, this should happen as one of your two annual system checkups. There is normally one visit in the spring for A/C and a second one in the fall before you need to start using your home heating for the season.
If the heat/fuel source for your heating system involves combustion, such as natural gas, the safety check for carbon monoxide is especially important. The reason is simple: if the heat exchanger or other part(s) of the unit is not working as it should, toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas can be accidentally introduced into your indoor environment.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and dangerous gas. You can read more about it on our website here
Don’t Skimp When Safety is Involved
We have heard lately that, due to the strain on household budgets, some homeowners are delaying not only the buying of new equipment, but even maintenance! Some are only requesting HVAC service when their heating or cooling stops working. Bluntly put, carbon monoxide can be a serious threat, and it is not something to put off. Further, it should only be done only by a professional who is licensed, trained, and experienced in work with combustion heating systems.
If you have not had your home heating system checked yet this year, we urge you to do it today.
Maintenance will help prevent carbon monoxide from being produced. You can also ask about a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you if something changes and carbon monoxide does get produced. In addition to being safer, maintenance saves money on your monthly bill. Don’t wait! After you take care of this, please send us your experiences to us, so others can benefit from what you learned.