A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from a Furnace
Your furnace is a heating system that produces carbon monoxide (CO), a silent and harmful gas that can be fatal. You need to be diligent about regular furnace maintenance in order to keep your family safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Your unit needs to remain efficient and safe at all times.
Natural Gas and
Regular maintenance of your natural gas or propane powered furnace involves changing the furnace filters at least twice a year, and engaging a qualified technician to service your unit annually. The ventilation system will be inspected, as well as the interior mechanisms of your furnace in order to ensure their proper function. If the furnace is not operating properly, or if a vent cracks, or if the combustion mixture is altered, a significant risk exists. CO may leak into your home and cause flu-like symptoms that signal potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
Oil and Wood Furnaces
When a furnace is dirty or running at low efficiency, CO is being produced at a higher rate and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is increased.
Tips on Furnace Operation
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning resulting from the operation of your furnace, follow these important tips:
Sometimes carbon monoxide can leak from cracks in the combustion chamber, and over time, the accumulated dirt in a furnace can create such an excess of CO that the ventilation system cannot contain it.
Although some of the latest furnace models have an automatic safety shut off switch that is triggered when a carbon monoxide leak occurs, older models are not equipped with this feature. Regardless of the age and model of your furnace, and whether or not it is subject to regular maintenance, it is still important to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.