Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious matter, but fortunately it is easy to avoid. Almost all homes are at risk of carbon monoxide exposure from home appliances such as furnaces or water heaters, which is why it’s so important to understand the risks and take measures to prevent exposure.
Follow these 10 tips to help keep your family safe:
- Hire professionals: Even the most handy homeowner should work with a professional when installing new appliances to ensure that they are properly ventilated.
- Schedule annual maintenance: Part of an annual furnace tune-up includes making sure the system is properly calibrated and ventilated.
- Use portable appliances wisely: If you need to run a generator or any gasoline-powered device, do not do it in an enclosed space.
- Install an alarm: A carbon monoxide detector will alert you to dangerous levels of the gas in your home. Install detectors near your sleeping areas and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Turn the car off: If you have an attached garage, never leave the car running inside. The gas can enter your home through air leaks in the walls.
- Use appliances properly: A gas oven or clothes dryer should never be used to heat your home.
- Allow your oven to vent: If you have a gas or propane oven, do not cover the bottom with aluminum foil or any other material. The vents are there to promote airflow.
- Be careful during renovations: When renovating your home, it is easy to block appliance vents or chimneys when trying to protect your furnishings with tarps or canvas. Be mindful of how you do this.
- Do not use fuel-burning heaters when sleeping: Unless properly ventilated, a portable heater that uses fuel should not be used in sleeping areas.
- Check your ductwork: Disconnected or leaky ducts can allow carbon monoxide to enter your living spaces. Your heating and cooling technician should also check this during an annual maintenance visit.
If you’re concerned about carbon monoxide or the air quality in your home, call the professionals at AirRite. We can help ensure that your heating and cooling systems are operating correctly, and install air quality systems to keep your family safe and healthy.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about carbon monoxide and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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