Carbon Monoxide: 4 Ways to Avoid this Silent Killer!

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We often hear about the danger of carbon dioxide, but do you know exactly what it is, or how it gets into your home? Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the combustion process that occurs in gas-powered furnaces. It is contained within the walls of your furnaces heat exchanger, and in a unit that is working the way it is supposed to, this deadly gas is safely vented out of your home. What about when your unit ISN'T working correctly though? Today we will discuss four questions you should ask to help avoid the dangers of carbon monoxide leaks. This is the peak time of year when leaks are detected, or in some sad cases, not detected until it is too late. Do not be a statistic! If you can't answer a hearty "YES!" to all of these questions, make sure you correct the problem(s) ASAP!

1. Do you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed? This might seem too easy, but it is something that we see on a regular basis...a home without a carbon monoxide detector. This is one reason we carry them on ALL Lutes Heating trucks, and if someone cannot afford to buy one, we leave one with them anyway. It is a service that we have been providing that we believe saves lives!

2. Have you had your annual maintenance done? This might also seem like a really easy one that everyone does, but sadly, many people do not have their furnaces inspected on a yearly basis. We offer Preferred Customer Agreements that have a service call built into the cost twice a year so your inspections will happen like clockwork. If you have not yet had your furnace inspected this year, please do give us a call and get an appointment scheduled. It could save your life!

3. Are you changing your air filter regularly? Last week we discussed why it is so important to change your air filter regularly, and this is one of those reasons! It is a fairly inexpensive item and doesn't take all that long to do, and yet, whether it be because of not knowing, or not wanting to take the time, filters go unchanged often, and it can be a fatal error!

4. Was your furnace installed properly? Sadly, not everyone that installs furnaces, should be installing furnaces. If your blower motor or duct work was installed incorrectly, your furnace could develop problems with venting the carbon monoxide. It is important to work with a trusted, qualified professional like Lutes Heating when you are having your heating system serviced or installed. If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at Lutes and we will get a service call scheduled for you.

So take a few moments today to ask your self these questions, and schedule the solutions if you answer ANY of them "NO". What better way to start the new year than helping to make your home a safer place for your loved ones!