If you didn’t grow up in a household where your parents kept up on routine maintenance, you may be wondering if it’s something you should pay attention to.
If they never had the ducts cleaned, and/or they never had an HVAC professional perform annual maintenance on your furnace, yet everything worked just fine (for the most part, or for as far as you can remember), you may be questioning whether the appointments are worth the expense.
The answer is a resounding yes.
When you have a technician from JM Heating & Cooling perform annual maintenance on your furnace, we do a lot more than simply tighten nuts and bolts. Yes, we’ll check parts to make sure they don’t look as if they’re at risk of failure and we’ll check the air filter to see if it needs to be swapped out, but we’ll also check to ensure your system doesn’t have a carbon monoxide leak. And, if we believe your system is at risk of developing one, we’ll explain how we came to that decision and why we feel it needs to be addressed ASAP.
Why this is important
If your furnace runs on natural gas you should know that your furnace will produce exhaust gasses every time you turn it on. If the gasses aren’t vented properly (aka, they vent to the indoor of your home instead of venting outside), your family is at risk.
Remember: Carbon dioxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s highly poisonous and in some cases, deadly. Data shows that more than 400 people in the US die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning each and every year, and it’s also responsible for more than 4,000 hospitalizations annually.
The most frequently reported symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning include feeling dizzy and/or nauseous. Other symptoms include a headache, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, and overall weakness.
Most experts agree that people who own a gas-operated furnace should invest in a carbon monoxide detector. The device is similar to a smoke detector and many can be installed in a matter of minutes. Although the bulk of these devices are battery powered, you may want to consider purchasing one that plugs into a wall outlet. This will ensure that your family is still protected even if the batteries run out of power.
Call JM Heating & Cooling today
Smart homeowners understand the importance of having their furnaces maintained annually. Not only can this help prevent costly emergency repairs, but it can also help ensure that your system isn’t at risk of springing a carbon dioxide leak.
Our company has years of experience in helping local homeowners inspect and maintain their furnaces. If we feel your system is at risk of failure or we think your system may be at risk of developing a CO2 leak, we’ll let you know right away, so you’ll have an opportunity to address the problem promptly.