Did you know, on average, about 170 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide produced by non-automotive consumer products such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, generators, and fireplaces? Not to mention, several thousand people go to the emergency room every year to be treated after facing carbon monoxide poisoning.If you don’t stay on top of having your CO producing products like your furnace inspected before use, you and your family could be affected by the dangerous gas.
Read on to learn more about what carbon monoxide is and to learn how you can keep your family safe by preventing deadly leaks in your home!
What is Carbon Monoxide or CO?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas produced by the incomplete burning of fuels. These fuels can range from wood, oil, charcoal, coal, natural gas, or propane. Products powered by internal combustion engines, such as your furnace or heating system, can cause CO leaks if not inspected regularly.
If there has been a carbon monoxide leak, you’ll begin to experience the following symptoms: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
As CO poisoning progresses, it results in more severe symptoms such as vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, mental confusion, loss of consciousness, and death.
How can CO Leaks be Prevented?
With all that being said, carbon monoxide leaks can be prevented. As we’re heading into the fall season, there are several things you can do to ensure your heating system will not prevent any harmful gases.
Begin by scheduling a routine maintenance inspection from one of the experts at MTB Mechanical prior to turning on your heater or furnace for the first time. Your technician can inspect the unit to ensure it will run properly and not emit any carbon monoxide when it becomes time for you to turn it on for the first time.
And if you home doesn’t already have one, have a carbon monoxide alarm installed. Although there is no replacement for getting your system inspected prior to turning it on, an alarm can offer some added protection.
Schedule Your Heating System Check-Up with MTB Mechanical!
Ready to schedule your fall system check-up? Make an appointment with an MTB Mechanical skilled technician to plan a visit to your home to inspect your heating system before it’s time to turn it on.
Plus, MTB Mechanical is offering an $89 system check-up making safety even easier on your wallet!
Call 704-321-9250 to speak to a technician today or fill-out the form on MTB Mechanical’s website to be contacted.
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