As we gear up for winter, Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning wants to make sure your family is both comfortable and safe throughout the upcoming heating season. That’s why we recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors in your St. Charles area home to protect you from the dangers of a CO leak.
As unfortunate as it is, there are hundreds of deaths every year that result from carbon monoxide leaks in malfunctioning home appliances. If you have a gas or oil-burning furnace, it’s important to take preventive safety measures if a damaged part emits excess carbon monoxide in your home.
How to Avoid the Dangers of a CO Leak
One great way to avoid a carbon monoxide leak is to have a certified technician perform preventive maintenance on your furnace. He or she can inspect your unit for cracks in the heat exchanger and loose or disconnected exhaust valves.
Another excellent safety measure is to install home carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors will set off an alarm if they sense dangerous levels of CO in your home’s air. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, a CO detector could be the only way of knowing that you leak.
Choosing a CO Detector for your home
The technology behind home carbon monoxide detectors is still evolving, which can make choosing the right one difficult. Some can detect low levels of CO, while others will only set off an alarm when your air contains high levels of CO.
When you are choosing a CO detector, don’t base your decision on price alone. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you look for an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label on any CO detector to ensure that you’re choosing a quality product.
With the combination of a carbon dioxide detector and a professional inspection of your system, you can be sure to have a safe, warm, and worry-free winter in your home.
If you have questions about carbon monoxide detectors or would like to have a Comfort Specialist test the quality of the air in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your HVAC contractor in St. Charles, MO.