Houston (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
The professionals at Countrywide Air Conditioning launch a campaign to help educate Houston residents about important air and heating measures they should take this time of year - underscoring the necessity of a furnace safety checkup before running units that first brisk night.
Licensed since 1986, Countrywide Air Conditioning Technician Kennet Karrer explains that many homeowners are unaware of the multiple furnace components that can affect their health and safety, resulting in house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning every year. Having the components routinely checked by a licensed professional ensures that electric and gas furnaces are safe to operate.
"Most Houston residents don't find a furnace checkup important, simply because they feel they don't use it enough for there to be any problems. But, often because they sit in the attic all year unused, they begin to rust and corrode - causing the majority of the problems when it is turned on," said Karrer.
"The burners are covered with rust from the heat exchanger, which causes the flames to 'roll' out of the furnace. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide hazard. The electronic gas valve can stick and only work intermittently. In addition people stack flammables such as boxes of Christmas wrapping paper or luggage on top of the furnace, creating additional fire hazards," added Karrer
Karrer went on to say that electric furnaces are no different and the high voltage electrical connections rust and corrode as well - causing sparks and burnt wires to ignite anything nearby. Identifying potential problems early not only prevents potential hazard but ensures maximum efficiency, which is critical in today's touch economic climate and high fuel costs.
Countrywide Air Conditioning is a Better Business Bureau accredited business and Texas state licensed and insured. Countrywide offers air conditioning, heating, furnace checkups, repairs and sales - as well as air duct cleaning, mold inspection, home energy audits and emergency same day service.
To learn more about protecting a home furnace, log onto http://www.countrywideairconditioning.com or call 281-291-8222 today.