Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Cooler months in Shreveport are here. In fact, the months of October through February have a record of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances taking place in the course of those months. To understand the safety of your home, set up an annual furnace service now, before the peak of winter is here.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace could release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to keep it from occurring.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be quite harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be thought of as the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that utilizes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the opportunity to give off carbon monoxide if the system is not running correctly or if it wasn’t installed correctly.

Your annual furnace service company can help identify any troubling concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Ensure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Look for any other out-of-place things that could compromise your safety
  • Help you identify any additional areas where you may want to think about adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is running at its peak efficiency, helping provide peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers may require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the team at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the cooler months.

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