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Keeping Clear of Carbon Monoxide This Winter

Greensboro, NC winters make reliable indoor heating a necessity. Many heating systems run on fuel that emits carbon monoxide. CO can be deadly, so it’s important to keep your furnace and other fuel-burning appliances in good condition and operating safely:

Change Furnace Filters Regularly

Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow. Poor airflow can cause the heat exchanger to overheat and crack. If it cracks, your home is at risk for a carbon monoxide leak.

Know the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

These symptoms can tip you off that you might have a leak:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Confusion

Maintain Your Furnace for Safe Operation

Furnaces should be serviced every fall. Your HVAC technician will clean the unit and change the filter to ensure proper airflow. Your service technician will also inspect the furnace for safe operation and examine the heat exchanger for cracks.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO is colorless and odorless. Without an alarm, it’s impossible to detect. CO detectors range from plug-in alarms to battery-operated and hard-wired models. Some alarms will track indoor air quality in the process. Make sure your model has a battery backup in case you lose power.

Additional CO Safety Tips

  • Clear away any obstructions blocking your vents.
  • After snowstorms, make sure that ice and snow are removed from fresh air intakes and exhaust stacks.
  • Don’t leave vehicles running in the garage, even when the garage door is open.
  • Don’t use a gas oven for home heating.
  • Place generators at least 20 feet from your home.

The crew at Total Heating & Cooling, Inc. is committed to keeping you and your family warm and safe. Call us at (336) 739-4320 to schedule preventive maintenance.

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