As you prepare your home for the fall season this year, don’t forget to take some extra time to check what may be the most important safety device in the building: your carbon monoxide detector.
Why Be Concerned about Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas produced as a byproduct of combustion. When something burns, it will give off carbon monoxide. In the context of residential comfort, this is particularly applicable to the fuel used in your heating system, usually natural gas or propane. The most dangerous thing about carbon monoxide is that it cannot be detected by human senses. It is odorless, tasteless and colorless. An individual could be exposed to harmful, even fatal, amounts of carbon monoxide without even knowing the gas is present.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Maintenance
When you contact your local HVAC professional for fall preventive maintenance on your heating system, also take the time to check your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Check batteries: You should put new batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors every fall, even if the batteries in them are still functional. A battery failure over the winter could put you and your family at unnecessary risk.
- Test detectors: Use the test button on the detectors to make sure they work properly. Testing is usually very simple: with a working battery in the system, press the test button on the outside of the detector case. The detector’s loud alarm should sound within a few seconds. Replace any detectors that fail the test.
- Add more, if needed: There should be at least one carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Ideally, there should be one on each end of each floor and one mounted above the door of each bedroom.
Amarillo Air Conditioning offers full-service HVAC sales, maintenance and repair for customers in Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle and neighboring communities. Contact us today for more information on carbon monoxide detectors and how to make the best and most efficient use of these vital safety devices.
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