Protect Your Home with These Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

As the weather turns colder across the nation, millions of homes will start cranking up the heat to keep their families and friends warm. Before this happens, however, it’s a good idea to consider carbon monoxide safety, which is always a concern with the use of heating equipment. Here are a few quick tips to prevent carbon monoxide from becoming a danger:

1. Have a Professional Look at Your Equipment

The best way to protect your home from possible carbon monoxide poisoning and other dangers from a leak is to hire a qualified HVAC technician to check any gas or coal-powered equipment, such as a furnace or water heater. He or she will be able to pinpoint any potential problem areas and give you warning signs to watch out for in case something happens down the line.

2. Check Your CO Detector

First and foremost, if you don’t already have a CO detector in your home, go out and purchase one right now! If you do have one, then check to see if the unit is operating properly by hitting its “test” button. Also, it’s not a bad idea to replace the batteries at the start of the season, just in case.

3. Get Your Chimney Cleaned

To keep your household safe, it’s best to get your chimney cleaned at least once a year. Although someone homeowners take on the job themselves, hiring a professional is preferred, because he or she will have the experience and will know how to spot any potential concerns.

4. Be Aware of Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death, but in milder cases, you will see flu-like symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. If anyone in your household has these symptoms or worse, go outside immediately. If they subside, then poisoning is the likely culprit.

Carbon monoxide safety should always be a top priority in every household. If you’d like additional safety tips or have any other home-comfort concerns, please reach out to the friendly professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve been serving Martin County, Palm Beach County, and Indian River County since 1973.

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