Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with a Quality Furnace Installation in Your Alpharetta Home!
People use gas in the winter more than in any other season, but gas appliances such as furnaces and ovens run the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. And extended exposure to these leaks can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. So, learning the signs of a carbon monoxide leak, and the physical symptoms you may feel after exposure, can save your life. But the first step is to have an HVAC professional inspect your furnace for possible carbon monoxide leaks and perform your recommended seasonal maintenance. At Air Control Heating and Air, your Alpharetta furnace installation specialists, we always look at safety first and have some tips for your family to avoid the dangers of carbon monoxide.
How To Spot Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide exposure results in flu-like symptoms and can result in hospitalization or even death. According to the CDC, some of the symptoms you may feel can include:
- Upset Stomach
- Chest Pain
If you or someone in your household feels these symptoms, immediately get fresh air, and call 911. The doctor may take a blood sample to test for carbon monoxide at the hospital, and treatment may include breathing pure oxygen or spending time in a pressurized oxygen chamber.
Signs of Carbon Monoxide in the Home
Your appliances may show signs of a carbon monoxide leak. Some things to look for in your furnace, oven, refrigerator, or other gas appliances include:
- Yellow or orange flames coming out of your gas appliances instead of the usual blue flame
- Dark and sooty staining on or around gas appliances
- Pilot lights that frequently blow out
- Increased condensation on windows
- Solid fuel fires that burn much slower than usual
If you notice any of these signs, turn off the appliance and call a professional to come to inspect it.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Leaks
You do not have to wait until you notice a leak or feel sick before you act. Proper precautions taken ahead of time can prevent carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:
A carbon monoxide detector alerts you to excess carbon monoxide in your home. Use a battery-operated or battery-backup detector that works even during a power outage. Place your carbon monoxide detector in a hallway or close to bedrooms, where it can wake you up if it goes off at night.
- Properly Vent all Gas Appliances
Horizontally vented gas appliances must go up slightly as they direct gases toward the outdoors. Proper venting of appliances prevents carbon monoxide from leaking out. And never patch a vent pipe with tape or gum!
- Have a Professional Inspect Your Furnace
HVAC-certified technicians will look for things you might have missed while inspecting your vents. They also have the knowledge and expertise to fix problems they find, including installing a new furnace if your current one presents too much of a hazard due to age or damage.
Air Control Heating and Air, Your Gas Furnace Installation Experts for Alpharetta and the North Fulton Area
Getting your furnace inspected as soon as possible before the winter season starts is critical to your family’s safety and comfort. Whether you need a professional to inspect your system or are ready to install a new, energy-saving furnace Air Control Heating and Air has you covered!
Our neighbors and businesses have relied on us since 1993 to provide quality, efficient, and reliable furnace installations throughout Alpharetta and the rest of Metro Atlanta. Our trained technicians provide prompt, friendly, and trusted service that our customers love.
Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act! Under this act, consumers may be eligible for up to $10,000 in tax savings and rebates for making energy-efficient home upgrades. And the sooner you upgrade, the sooner you can reap the benefits.
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