It’s important to go with an experienced company such as Jones-Rogers who has a good reputation in the local community, especially when you’re trusting them with your families’ well-being.
Chantilly, VA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
In an effort to reduce the more than 700 deaths that occur due to carbon monoxide poisoning each year, the Northern Virginia HVAC experts at Jones-Rogers, Inc. would like to offer several life-saving tips for keeping families healthy and warm this winter season. As the summer days begin to fade into memory and the crisp autumn air settles in to the Nation’s capitol, commercial and residential building owners can take simple steps toward reducing the risk of carbon monoxide exposure.
In order to ensure a safe winter season, owners of HVAC units should make sure that their heating equipment is running properly. This means scheduling regular HVAC system check-ups with the NATE-Certified experts at Jones-Rogers, Inc. a Northern Virginia HVAC company rated highly with the Better Business Bureau.
“It’s important to go with an experienced company such as Jones-Rogers who has a good reputation in the local community, especially when you’re trusting them with your families’ well-being,” says Elvita Jones of Jones-Rogers, Inc.
Jones outlines several items for heating maintenance professionals that should include:
- A carbon monoxide test (one that includes a print out showing the results of the furnace’s performance, and has been done with certified equipment meeting manufacturer and industry standards)
- Check the operation of the safety controls
- Check heating system operation for safety
- Inspect the wiring system
- Check ignition control
- Check flue for proper draft
- Check heat exchanger for safety
- Check for combustible materials near the furnace
- Check blower motor for debris and oxidation
- Test for combustion leaks
- Adjust burners for efficiency
- Inspect flue and draft diverter
- Inspect air filters
- Check blower for cleanliness
- Test for gas leaks in furnace
- Test and adjust gas pressure regulator
Performing thorough and consistent maintenance including tasks such as these can prevent against C02 casualties, which according to the California Real Estate Inspection Association, total between 600 and 700 each year.
Because C02 is colorless and odorless, it helps to know the symptoms of poisoning which include: dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and headache, ringing of the ears, blurred vision, stinging eyes and fainting. If anyone shows signs of these symptoms, or if a leak is suspected, residents should leave the area right away and call 911.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends putting CO detecting alarms outside the bedrooms in each separate sleeping area. Locate smoke alarms on each level of the house and inside every bedroom. Additionally, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, a gas furnace should last about 15 years, if your furnace is older than that, prepare to replace it before it is too late. Jones-Rogers, Inc. provides free estimates on the replacement of gas furnace heating systems for area residents.
About Jones-Rogers, Inc.
Northern Virginia HVAC company, Jones-Rogers, Inc., is an independent, family owned and operated, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor with 42 years in business in the D.C. Metropolitan area. With their NATE-Certified technicians, custom indoor air quality solutions and emergency service, they are Northern Virginia’s first name in home comfort. They maintain their commitment to deliver quality service for their customer’s indoor comfort needs and have developed a lasting reputation of excellence in the community.