Wintertime and Increased Use of Furnaces Can Result in Carbon Monoxide Leaks

KW Lang Mechanical updates Ohio residents on the dangers of carbon monoxide leaks in the home.

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Twinsburg, OH (PRWEB) February 27, 2014

In the past few years, the popularity of carbon monoxide detectors have been growing, but carbon monoxide poisoning still poses a threat, according to the National Fire Protection Association. By being informed about the nature and risks of the gas, homeowner can prevent dangerous situations. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is emitted from gas furnaces, wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, and gas appliances. When everything is working correctly, the risk of a carbon monoxide leaking is low, but damaged or worn parts and excessive dirt and debris built up frequently lead to carbon monoxide leaks.

As a furnace ages, the risk of cracks in the heater exchange increases and that can allow carbon monoxide to leak into the home. Routine maintenance is the best way to ensure there are no cracks or issues that could increase the risk of a carbon monoxide problem.

A yellow or flickering flame can also be an indication that the furnace is creating carbon monoxide gas. The pilot light should be blue. Call a professional and turn off the heater if the flame is a different color than it should be.

Streaks of soot around the furnace, excessive rust on flue pipes, and excessive moisture on the windows can all be indicative that the furnace or fireplace may be leaking carbon monoxide. Residents should be concerned if family members suffer from unexplained headaches, nausea, or disorientation. In some cases, mild carbon monoxide poisoning is similar to flu-like symptoms so it’s wise to rule out a carbon monoxide leak if everyone in the home is presenting the associated systems.

The best way to prevent a possibly dangerous or even fatal carbon monoxide problem is to install carbon monoxide detectors and to schedule routine maintenance for furnaces and fireplaces. As furnaces work overtime heating Twinsburg Ohio homes, it’s recommended to heed the warnings and schedule a tune-up to prevent any problems.

About KW Lang Mechanical

KW Lang Mechanical is proud to be Ohio’s oldest Carrier dealer, and a division of the company has been serving the area’s residents since 1927. From concept to design to installation, KW Lang’s team handles the complete project for customers. The company’s customers’ satisfaction is the number one priority every single day and new customers can expect the same award winning service.

Resource: https://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/carbon-monoxide


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