Do you know what to look for in your furnace to make sure it is safe?
There are several potential issues that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in relationship to your furnace.
- A cracked heat exchanger can allow exhaust gasses (CO) to bleed into the incoming air as they pass through the heat exchanger. The end result is that the air being circulated into your home contains carbon monoxide.
- A blocked flue will cause CO to back up into your home as it is unable to be properly vented to the outside air.
- A burner problem is another issue that can lead to CO poisoning. Clogged or dirty burners can cause improper combustion.
It is highly advised to have your furnace checked annually to help prevent carbon monoxide exposure in your home. It is a danger that should always be taken seriously.
Other sources of CO
It is important to keep in mind that your furnace is not the only source of carbon monoxide in your home. Idling your car in the garage (even with the garage door open), gas appliances, fireplace (both gas and wood burning), vent-less space heaters and your gas hot water heater can all contribute to the problem.
What should I do?
The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to maintain your furnace and other potential sources of carbon monoxide. Have your furnace checked annually for potential issues.
Keep a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home. Test the detector regularly and replace batteries as needed. Read the manufacturer's recommendations for the useful life of the detector and replace the device when suggested.
If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning in your home get everyone out of the house immediately and dial 911. Seek immediate medical attention for anyone exhibiting symptoms of CO poisoning. If you suspect you or someone you know has been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning now or in the past and want to learn more visit the Carbon Monoxide Survivor website.
Naturally you need to find and fix the source of the carbon monoxide. Call on professionals with experience to help you make your home safe again.
For help making your home safe this winter, call AEM Mechanical Services, Inc. at 320-587-0991.