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Dangers of a Carbon Monoxide Leak from a Dysfunctional Heating Unit

Every year, around 200 people die from non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is colorless and odorless, so many people don’t even know they’re already breathing in the gas in their homes. A carbon monoxide leak comes from incorrectly-vented, fuel-burning furnaces as well as fumes from burning fuel for vehicles, lanterns, and grills, among others. The symptoms of CO poisoning are life-threatening. If you heat your home using natural gas, then there are a few things you need to know.

A carbon monoxide leak comes from incorrectly-vented, fuel-burning furnaces as well as fumes from burning fuel for vehicles, lanterns, and grills, among others..

Taking Extra Care When Using Gas for Heating

Most people know that when it comes to heating, gas is one of the best types of fuel around. It produces sufficient heat and is very cost-effective. As prices of natural gas continue to decrease, it makes it even more affordable to heat and cook with. There are numerous things within the heating system, however, that can go wrong and cause a carbon monoxide leak. For instance, the heat exchanger can develop pin dot holes over time. This is the combustion unit where the gas is turned into heat, and CO can easily slip through these holes. Homes that have moist environments, specifically those closest to the ocean, will have more problems with rust on their unit than others.

Performing Regular Maintenance

It is important to note that the fittings can also be an important area where you could experience a carbon monoxide leak. It is imperative to have regular preventative maintenance done to check for such occurrences within the heating system. Some signs of CO poisoning are headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, confusion, general malaise, and nausea. You may think you have caught a bug that is going around, but there could be something more vicious lurking in your home.

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Using a Carbon Monoxide Detector

If you live in a home that heats with gas, you need to have a carbon monoxide detector. These small detectors can sense traces of the deadly gas in the air. They work like smoke detectors and let you know when levels of CO in the air is too high. Have your local HVAC company inspect your unit for any possibility of a carbon monoxide leak to make sure your family is safe before you start using your heating system in the colder months.

Call Brown and Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure you don’t have any potential issues going on as a result of a carbon monoxide leak, and to seal those leaks if you do.

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