Why You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector This Winter

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We’ve seen some seriously cold weather this winter in Charlotte, and that can put your heating system to the test. Unfortunately, this can lead to potentially dangerous conditions in your home. Read on to see why you need a carbon monoxide detector from Andersen Heating & Cooling.

Dangers of CO in Charlotte

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, tasteless gas. It’s produced as a byproduct of burning natural gas, propane and oil, all common residential furnace fuels. A high concentration of CO in the air is extremely hazardous for you and your family. Carbon monoxide is poisonous, and because it has no taste or smell, it’s impossible for any human to detect. CO ingestion can be fatal in strong doses.

Carbon monoxide detector benefits this winter

Fortunately, there’s a way to protect your home from the dangers of carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide detector is the best method to alert you of the presence of CO. You should have a device on each floor of the home and near any living and sleeping areas. If the alarm goes off, the safest plan of action is to open the windows, turn off the furnace, exit the home and call emergency services.

CO detector expiration

If you already have a working CO detector, that’s great! However, you need to make sure it’s up to date. That’s right, carbon monoxide detectors actually have expiration dates, usually 5-7 years after installation. Check the back of your device to see when it expires; If it’s past the date, it’s time for a new one.

Furnace maintenance from Andersen Heating & Cooling

While CO detectors are crucial for home safety, it’s also important to prevent carbon monoxide leaks before they happen. Has your furnace been serviced this winter? If not, it’s prone to experience damage and malfunctions that can result in CO leaks. A well maintained furnace will run safely and efficiently, reducing the risk of carbon monoxide- and lowering your energy bills!

Call Andersen Heating & Cooling to schedule your furnace maintenance today!

704-596-2525