As carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning gas, coal, oil, or wood, the furnace and other home heating appliances can be sources of dangerous leaks. Exposure to the toxic gas can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and unconsciousness, with over 400 Americans dying from accidental carbon monoxide poising each year. To protect your family, follow the advice outlined here.

3 Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

1. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide alarm on the ceiling

In addition to smoke alarms, you should also have carbon monoxide detectors in the home. As the gas is tasteless, colorless, and odorless, family members might not realize there’s a problem until they are sick. To gauge whether the gas is in the air, the devices should be installed at least five feet from the ground. Place equipment near the furnace, fireplace, and garage—as cars emit carbon monoxide, too. Detectors should also be placed near bedrooms so occupants will be awakened by the alarms at night.

2. Invest in Heating System Maintenance

Preventative HVAC maintenance won’t only reduce the risk of breakdowns, but it will also keep your family safe. For example, technicians could spot a damaged heat exchanger during an inspection. By replacing the cracked component, exhaust fumes containing carbon monoxide won’t leak into the air. They will also check for corroded seams that allow gases to escape and ensure all mechanical components operate smoothly. By improving efficiency, the furnace can complete the combustion process and keep carbon monoxide levels low.

3. Leave Certain Appliances Outside

Gasoline- and charcoal-burning grills and stoves should be for outdoor use only. The appliances need to vent into the open air, as carbon monoxide can build up quickly in confined spaces. The same is true when a car is left running in an attached garage, so turn it off as soon as you park and don’t turn it on again until you’re ready to head out.

For furnace repairs and maintenance to keep your family safe and comfortable during Northeast winters, contact the licensed and insured technicians at TNC Mechanical Cooling & Heating, Inc. With over 40 years of experience serving residential and commercial clients in Western Massachusetts, the professionals are qualified to address any issue concerning furnace, heat pump, or AC unit performance. For a service appointment, call (888) 284-3892. Visit them online to browse their heating solutions. 

The team at TNC Mechanical Cooling & Heating, Inc. in Monson, MA., is ready to assist. Serving clients throughout Western MA, the family-owned company offers a wide range of HVAC services. Visit us online for more information or call (888) 284-3892 to schedule an appointment.