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Carbon Monoxide Detectors | Heating and Air Conditioning

Carbon Monoxide Detectors | Heating and Air Conditioning

As the heating season draws near, the importance of inspection and maintenance on your gas furnace can’t be stressed enough. You will benefit with a clean system, optimal energy efficiency and most importantly, annual maintenance ensure the safe operation of the furnace. A gas furnace operates through the process of combustion heating. The byproducts of combustion  includes carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that can be fatal in high concentrations. The heating system that generates carbon monoxide through combustion is designed to exhaust it safely. However, the pipe can be damaged, or debris collects in the pipe, leading to carbon monoxide spilling into your home, rather than being properly exhausted outdoors. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians can provide the reliable heating and air conditioning services you require.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odorless gas generated through the combustion of any fossil fuel, including gas and wood.  In the bloodstream, it binds to the oxygen receptors in the red blood cells, depriving your body of life giving oxygen and causing slow suffocation. Without detectors, it’s virtually impossible to detect early, aside from the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. For this reason, it’s essential to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home in the event  of a leak. The detectors monitor for carbon monoxide molecules, and alarm when they detect rising levels. As with smoke detectors, early warning allows the occupants the time to escape unharmed.

Without carbon monoxide detectors, the chances of your family succumbing to the lethal gas are greatly increased. Sleeping persons who are exposed seldom wake up, succumbing without being aware they are slowly being asphyxiated. This is why carbon monoxide detectors are essential in sleeping areas as well as on each level of the home. Any home containing fuel burning space heaters, gas water heaters, fireplace chimneys, a gas furnace or those who run a car in a closed garage should have carbon monoxide detectors. Always open the garage door before starting a car. Carbon monoxide detectors should be tested every month, along with the smoke detector.

Schedule Heating Maintenance

The heating season will soon arrive. You will want to schedule heating maintenance before the furnace is needed, and providing maintenance now has the added benefit of beating the last minute rush for service.  

You don’t wait until a problem occurs to your car before changing the oil, and the heating and air conditioning system is also a mechanical piece of equipment requiring maintenance.  Routine maintenance is preventative maintenance. The system is cleaned, oiled, inspected, and tested. Problems just beginning to develop can be caught early by your HVAC technician and repair provided before additional damage occurs. A well-maintained furnace or heating and air conditioning system is more reliable, operates with the highest possible efficiency, performs better and lasts longer. Ultimately, maintenance and timely repairs save you money by preventing premature failure, and the need for a replacement furnace or heating and air conditioning system.

Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement Poisoning

The proper placement of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is important. If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, locate it near the sleeping area, where it can wake sleeping occupants. Additional detectors on every level, in or within 10 feet of every bedroom and in the basement are strongly recommended.

Tips for Installation

  • Don’t install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances. Small amounts of carbon monoxide may be released during the start-up of appliances.
  • A detector shouldn’t be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in humid areas such as bathrooms.
  • Replace carbon monoxide detectors every five to ten years.
  • Battery-only carbon monoxide detectors may require new batteries frequently, and it’s a necessity to test the product each month. Plug-in detectors with a battery backup require less battery changes, and operate on electricity unless a power outage occurs. A good rule of thumb is to purchase two changes of rechargeable batteries, and exchange the batteries each month.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors are available for wiring into a security system and monitor for carbon monoxide. The central station is alerted  to rising concentrations of carbon monoxide gas and alerts the proper authorities to ensure your safety.

The gas furnace can be a source of lethal carbon monoxide gas in the home. Cause typically include age and corrosion of the heating and air conditioning system. Corrosion causes holes and cracks to occur in the gas burner, resulting in the release of dangerous carbon monoxide, and also the potential for explosion. Annual maintenance of the heating and air conditioning system will identify problems and enable your HVAC technician to provide timely furnace repair or replacement.

Remember, in addition to having functional carbon monoxide detectors in your home, annual maintenance is an essential part of ensuring the performance and safety of your gas furnace or system. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians will provide a comprehensive inspection of the furnace, or other gas burning heating and air conditioning systems with annual maintenance. Furthermore, you can rely on the work performed during furnace repair by our professionals. Our experienced and certified technicians offer professional expertise for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. Call today to schedule your heating and air conditioning needs, furnace service, installation, repair or furnace maintenance. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.