Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. As a completely odorless and colorless gas, it is impossible to detect it in your home without a carbon monoxide detector. If it is inhaled for a long enough, it displaces the oxygen in your blood and deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen. In fact, in large amounts, carbon monoxide can overcome a person in minutes and cause one to lose consciousness and suffocate. One very common way carbon monoxide enters your home is through malfunctioning gas furnaces, so today our team at Quality Plumbing & Heating Inc. are discussing the best ways to protect your family from the deadly gas.
1. Invest in Regular Furnace Maintenance
HVAC professionals are trained to properly clean the furnace, check for cracks, and inspect for leaks that could cause carbon monoxide leaks. Therefore, yearly maintenance can save you not only from the danger of carbon monoxide, but can also save you money on costly repairs. Check out our customizable service plans to find one that suits your needs in the Indianapolis area.
2. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
As mentioned above, carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, making it impossible to detect with only your eyes and nose. Carbon monoxide detectors come in a variety of models, and can detect even the smallest trace of gas in the air before major harm can be done. We recommend placing them near bedrooms and nearest the ceiling for the most effective use.
3. Replace Your Air Filter
Finally, to ensure optimal furnace performance, it’s important to replace your air filter regularly. A clogged air filter makes it difficult for the furnace to bring in fresh air and can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide within the unit. Additionally, a clogged air filter causes your furnace to work harder than it should, thereby making it prone to cracks and leaks. Check your furnace manual and make sure you are installing the correct air filter and changing it at least every three months.
If you have any concerns about the performance of your gas furnace, don’t hesitate to contact QPH today. We are proud to stand behind our top-notch installations, highly effective repairs, and dedication to customer care. Contact our friendly office to request service today by calling (765) 450-4008.