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If you own a gas furnace and you don’t currently own a carbon monoxide detector, this is a blog you’ll want to read.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s highly toxic- and in some cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly. Each year roughly 4,000 people are hospitalized throughout the US due to carbon monoxide poisoning and about 400 people die as a result.
A few years ago we had a client who told us a story about his college-age daughter, who had been attending college in Philadelphia. She had been renting an apartment with a friend and for some reason, they needed to call their landlord because they were having an issue with their natural-gas furnace.
The story begins when the landlord opted to skip calling a reputable HVAC technician and instead, he decided to call his handyman. When the handyman was at the house, he did something that damaged the furnace’s ventilation.
Furnace ventilation is extremely important because it vents things like fossil fuels (and carbon monoxide) to the outside of a home. In this case, whatever he did cause some of these things to vent into the apartment.
When our client’s daughter began complaining of nausea, headaches and overall weakness, he realized there was a problem. That’s when he took matters into his own hands. He called a local HVAC company and scheduled an emergency repair appointment. As it turns out, the apartment had a major carbon monoxide problem, and it was agreed that had the landlord hired an experienced technician to look at the HVAC system, all of this could have been avoided.
The HVAC technician also suggested that the students invest in a carbon monoxide detector, so if this problem ever arose again in the future, regardless as to where they lived, they would know about it immediately.
Where to buy this type of device
Carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at most big box stores and online retailers (Amazon has quite a few models available for under $20). Installation is similar to that of a standard smoke detector. Just add the batteries, affix it to the wall and you’re good to go. However, most HVAC technicians recommend you purchase one that plugs into an outlet. This way you’ll still be protected even if the batteries die.
HVAC experts in Loveland
If you need help with a simple or major HVAC repair, please don’t trust the job to a handyman. When you work with Loveland HVAC, you’ll be working with a team of seasoned professionals who know how to troubleshoot all types of furnace problems.
When we determine what needs to be fixed, we’ll tell you how we came to the diagnosis along with the steps we recommend that will get your system running smoothly again.