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2 Easy Steps to Carbon Monoxide Safety

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports at least 430 people die in the United States from uncontrolled Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. These deaths come from non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. This can be from faulty consumer products. As winter continues, it’s important to make sure your family is safe. You can do this in a few different ways. The experts at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning will break it down for you below:

Step One: Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Step one is the most important step and is often overlooked. Installing a carbon monoxide detector can monitor the levels in between furnace tune-ups. These will notify you anytime there is a CO leak in your living space. CO leaks can happen from a few different things, for example, cracked heat exchangers. Since homes are now more airtight than they used to be in the past a CO leak could spell disaster for you and your family. Death isn’t the only outcome for CO leaks, they can also cause headaches, nausea, and many other symptoms.

Step Two: Get an Annual Furnace Tune-up

An annual furnace tune-up from a trusted professional is your best line of defense against carbon monoxide poisoning. Our experienced technician will check every part of your furnace to make sure it’s in great condition and safe for you and your family to use. This process ensures that any CO leak will be fixed and they will also fix other minor issues that could cost you in heating bills.

Other Sources of Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

While the most common source of carbon monoxide comes from your furnace, it isn’t the only way it can enter your home. Here are some other items that can release deadly carbon monoxide gas into your home: 

  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Gas Stoves/Ovens
  • Fireplaces (gas and wood burning)
  • Water Heaters
  • Dryers
  • Wood Stoves
  • Generators
  • Running Vehicles

With the installation of a carbon monoxide detector, you’ll never have to worry about the deadly gas harming you and your family again. The way this detector works is by alarming a sound when there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home. Rest easy knowing that you and your loved ones won’t experience pain or loss from this silent killer.

If you haven’t had your furnace tuned up this year, don’t wait! Give the team of experts at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online to schedule a tune-up today!

Don’t Fall for This Killer Masquerading as the Flu

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Flu-like symptoms might have you hurrying to the doctor. However, if you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, an upset stomach, chest pain, and confusion, it might not be the flu.

It might be carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Over 400 per Year in the US

Because carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless, it’s extremely hard to detect. Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 Americans and sends more than 20,000 to the emergency room. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning can kill. Long-term exposure can result in neurological and cardiac problems, sometimes with only mild symptoms that can easily be ignored. Over one-third of all poisonings occur in December, January, and February.

Where Does CO Come From?

Carbon monoxide is found in the exhaust from cars, trucks, and other internal combustion engines. It is also often produced by your stove, fireplace, or furnace. Generally, carbon monoxide only builds up to dangerous levels indoors. Many incidents of poisoning are caused by using a gas camp stove or generator indoors during a power outage (generators should always be used outdoors and kept at least 20 feet away from windows and doors so the fumes cannot get inside).

Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Protecting yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning involves making sure that anything that burns wood, gas, oil, or coal is serviced every year, including your furnace. Avoid using camp gear indoors, and get your chimney checked and cleaned every year (this is particularly an issue for cabins, as debris can end up in the chimney during the offseason).

Make Sure Your Home Has a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Finally, you should get a carbon monoxide detector. This will let you know when levels become high so that you can leave the building before acute poisoning becomes damaging or fatal. Detectors can be purchased from discount stores and home improvement stores. The detector should be placed close enough to the bedroom to wake you up if it goes off. If you have a large home, you may need to get multiple detectors. Change the batteries on your detector every six months and replace the detector itself every five years.

You should also get your furnace checked every year. The team at Getzschman Heating completes a carbon monoxide safety test with every furnace tune-up and can advise you on the best place to put your carbon monoxide detector. Give us a call at  (402) 554-1110 or contact us online to schedule a furnace tune-up.