We may be known for our heat, but when winter comes—and it is here now—our temperatures can certainly drop below our levels of comfort. This necessitates the use of a fully functioning and efficient heater for your home.
Hopefully, you’ve already had maintenance conducted on your heater to ensure that it’s in no need of repairs and that it’s clean and adjusted so that it can do its job. When you skip maintenance, or delay suggested repairs, you could very likely find yourself facing some pretty serious safety issues.
There is a component of your gas furnace called a heat exchanger. This component contains the byproducts of gas heating. It’s a very sturdy part of your heater, however it is possible for it to crack. If this happens, then carbon monoxide (CO) will be able to leak into your living space instead of venting outside like it normally does.
How do You Detect CO?
Unfortunately, you do not. Not on your own, anyway. It’s an odorless and colorless gas and does not give off any smell or sign that it is there like natural gas does. This is why it’s imperative that your home be well equipped with carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. This way, they will sound an alarm to give you and your family ample time to leave your property in the event of a CO leak.
While having your home equipped with CO detectors is important, so is preventing a leak like this from occurring in the first place. As we mentioned above, maintenance is the leading way to do so. And remember, only qualified and experienced professionals should be trusted to handle jobs of this magnitude.
For more great indoor air quality tips in Bulverde, TX, contact Riteway Service Company.