Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
As winter weather approaches, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases from furnaces being turned on for the first time of the season without having received preventative maintenance. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly advises homeowners to schedule annual furnace inspections as a safety precaution against the dangers associated with gas furnaces.
Gillece Services provides Furnace Safety and Preventative Maintenance Checks each season to ensure a furnace’s safe and functional operation and to address any existing problems. The safety and maintenance check serve as a preventative method before the time comes to turn on the heat for the winter. Prevention inspections could mean the difference between an efficient, safely operating furnace and one that poses potentially serious, if not fatal, health risks.
Furnaces that are not well-maintained and that do not receive annual inspections could have unseen issues, leading to the possible emission of toxic carbon monoxide. Dirt buildup in a furnace can cause clogs and obstruct ventilation, thereby cutting off access for pollutants’ needed release outside. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most significantly in winter months due to the use of combustion appliances, including furnaces. These fuel-burning appliances require proper installation, maintenance, and ventilation, or carbon monoxide could be a serious threat. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it is colorless and odorless and therefore virtually impossible to detect with senses alone.
A Gillece Furnace Safety and Preventative Maintenance Check includes an 18-point inspection with a high-definition infrared camera for viewing the internal heat exchanger. Each area of inspection addresses problems that might require repair, replacement, or maintenance. Furnace air filters should be kept clean, as they are a primary source of dirt buildup. It is recommended that air filters be changed every month to ensure the best efficiency and safe operation of a furnace.
Aside from carbon monoxide poisoning, an unmaintained furnace could mean more serious problems over time along with increased costs, a cold house if breakdown occurs, and frozen or burst pipes that could potentially cause flooding. There are many costly, inconvenient, and dangerous effects from lack of maintenance and professional inspection. Annual inspections and routine maintenance are the most effective ways to prevent furnace-related consequences.
Gillece Services’ Furnace Safety and Preventative Maintenance Check is available to residents in the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. Call 412-831-6199 to schedule and visit https://gillece.wordpress.com/ to learn more.