Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning Provides Tips for Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Failed Furnaces

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Homeowners can take precautions this February against a common, dangerous phenomenon by performing seasonal maintenance.

Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning | Improve Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning | Improve Heating and Cooling Efficiency

With a few weeks remaining in winter, we can expect to see temperatures drop in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, furnaces are being taxed to the limit. Due to this aggressive winter use, furnaces experience a higher risk of failure which increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning from failed furnaces occur when the heat exchange, a critical part of the furnace which is installed in the factory, becomes cracked and leaks CO into the air supply. Older furnaces are especially susceptible to cracked heat exchanges. Because furnaces heat up and cool off many times during the winter, older furnaces which go un-inspected could be fostering a crack in the heat exchange.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide is released into an air supply and breathed in for hours at a high parts per million (PPM). In humans, carbon monoxide binds with hemoglobin instead of oxygen in the bloodstream. By cutting off oxygen in the bloodstream, carbon monoxide exposure can lead to headaches, dizziness and even death if left untreated.

“A professional HVAC technician should go in and perform a visual inspection and perform tests on the heat exchange to ensure operability,” said Michael “Mick” Desserault, Chief Financial Officer for Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning.

Performing annual maintenance for furnaces is vital for the longevity of both the furnace as well as homeowners. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless it’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors in addition to annual maintenance.

Schedule annual maintenance with Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc to make sure your furnace’s heat exchange is in good working condition for the winter.

About Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Operating out of Southeast Portland, Jacobs HVAC (CCB #1441) offers residential and commercial customers the best in heating and air conditioning equipment, installation and repair. Since 1952, Jacobs has provided solutions for energy conservation and reduction, backed by the company’s extensive experience and expertise. The local HVAC company offers heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, fireplace inserts and more. Jacobs is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and a Daikin 3D Network dealer, as well as a trade ally of the Energy Trust of Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.jacobsheating.com.


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