Prevent Carbon Monoxide in your Home

 

Having the best quality air for you and your family is important. You will also want to make sure it is free of anything harmful as well. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can be deadly, and can be in your home without you knowing. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, which means you need to have a carbon monoxide detector. Things such as space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, heaters, and refrigerators can all emit carbon monoxide if they are not properly ventilated. A gas leak can also cause carbon monoxide emissions in the home. Even though carbon monoxide detectors are common, it is still important to recognize any signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide leaks or issues.

Inspect High-risk Areas

Carbon monoxide is very difficult to detect when it is in your home. Make sure all appliances in your home are well-ventilated. If you use appliances in an enclosed space, it can cause these carbon monoxide emissions. Also, an idiling vehicle can cause your garage to fill up with carbon monoxide. This could rapidly spread to your home.

Examine Symptoms

People affected by carbon monoxide generally show flu-like symptoms, or indigestion, headache, nausea, and light-headedness. This is another reason why most people do not make the connection with carbon monoxide. If you notice everyone in the home having the same symptoms, it might be carbon monoxide poisoning. This is especially true if everyone feels better once you are away from your home.

Look Around the Home

A stale, stuffy smell in a clean home is a warning sign. If you notice a burning smell, this is also a red flag. Sometimes a sign could be moisture on windows and walls, especially if they are close to a fuel-burning appliance, is also an indicator. But it could also be caused by a humid home. You will want to rule out other possibilities before assuming a carbon monoxide leak. Notice the flames on any pilot lights in your home. If they are always blue and they are turning yellow, have it checked out. Be alert for any smell of natural gas when you turn on a fuel-burning appliance.

If you notice an issue with the air quality in your home, or HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the system to ensure it is working efficiently. It is important to have the issue inspected at the first sign, before delaying too long and it causes worse problems in the long run. By having the system checked regularly, your home will be warm and enjoyable this winter.

Cleaning the Ductwork this Fall

Just like replacing your furnace filter, air duct cleaning should be a part of your routine maintenance for any home containing a central air conditioning system, and there is no better time to have the ductwork cleaned than the later part of the fall season.

The air in your home could have pollutants because windows are often kept open at night to avoid running your cooling system. Increased foot traffic in and out of the home carrying with it air contaminants is also a reason. More time being spent outside means more time for you to accumulate contaminants that can find their way back inside your home and in your air duct system can lead to a decrease in air quality.

The fall is the best time to hire an HVAC contractor for air duct cleaning for a variety of reasons. The fall is typically a slow time for heating & cooling companies, which allow them to schedule dates much faster and usually offer seasonal discounted rates. With winter right around the corner, it is important to make sure any potential pollutants are removed so you and your family are not stuck breathing in dirty recycled air. This can often lead to health problems heading into the months where children and adults are much more susceptible to illnesses.

Many air duct cleaning also offer routine maintenance furnace tune-ups. Air duct cleaning can be a great opportunity to also have your furnace inspected to avoid potential furnace repair heading into the cold months ahead. Many factors go into your air duct cleaning cost, which can include the size of your home, layout of the ductwork, and also the amount of ductwork in your home.

If you are not sure if your home is in need of ductwork cleaning, there are some things to consider. If your home has pets, small children, anyone with allergies, or residents who smoke, duct cleaning is recommended. You can also contact us and we can advise you on if the ductwork needs to be cleaned.