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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning And Your Furnace Maintenance In Farmington Hills

By Al Kaitken on January 24, 2010

Did you know that one of the most important things you can do for the safety of your family and home is to get your furnace checked out and maintained by a professional every year? This might seem far-fetched to you, but furnace maintenance can keep your furnace from leaking carbon monoxide. This very dangerous compound can make your family ill, and it can even cause death. Here are the facts that you need to know: Carbon Monoxide Causes Death Carbon Monoxide (CO) kills, on average, 1, 500 people per year in the United States, but it can make many more people sick. It is, in fact, the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the country, and children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, anemic people, and people with lung or heart conditions are particularly susceptible. When CO gets into your air, it starts entering your blood stream and replacing the oxygen there, which can cause flu-like symptoms including fatigue, weakness, vomiting, trouble breathing, heart palpitations, and even gastrointestinal problems. When people are exposed to high levels of CO, they can pass out before they even have symptoms.

Sometimes, though, insidious but slow CO leaks can poison an environment so that people experience chronic symptoms that worsen over time. One thing that can cause problems like this is an oil-burning furnace that is not working properly. This type of problem can go unnoticed or misdiagnosed until it is too late to reverse some of the effects of the CO poisoning. Protect Yourself and Your Family One of the most important things that you can do to protect yourself and your family is to install CO detectors in your home. These detectors should be battery operated so that they will work even when the power is out, and they should be installed in all the central areas of your home and nearby to the areas where your family sleeps. These detectors can show the levels of CO in your home, and they can beep like a fire alarm when levels reach a dangerous high. Installing detectors protects you by warning you when there is too much CO in your home, but the simplest way to prevent your home from being poisoned is to have your furnace and other oil or gas burning appliances serviced on a regular basis.

Although things like gas stoves and water heaters can leak CO, furnaces are a very common way for the contaminant to get into the air. If your furnace vents to the outside of your home, be sure that the vent is not covered by leaves or snow, since backing up this vent can release CO into your home. Also, call a professional at least once a year to perform basic furnace maintenance on your appliance. Not only will this keep your family from suffering the effects of carbon monoxide, but it will also save you money by making sure your furnace does not get to the point where it needs major repairs and by making your furnace run more efficiently all winter.

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