Carbon Monoxide emission is the talk of the town these days. The impact of carbon monoxide emission is a concern for many socialists for good reasons and it is high time we acted upon it. Thankfully, the HVAC companies are much more concerned about the carbon monoxide emission along with providing ample heating and cooling. Here’s what you need to know about preventing Carbon Monoxide emission poisoning by handling your HVAC system issues.
Tips to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning
1. Inspection of the Chimney for Efficiency & Safety is a must
Chimney is not a part of modern heating and air conditioning system, more specifically, the heating part. However, there are still some households who use chimneys for heating there for. Despite being cheap in action, these chimneys are a great contributor to the overall carbon monoxide emission. However, their contribution is exponentially increased when they are clogged.
This clogging can be caused by several factors like bird’s nest, dirt and debris. Also, make sure you don’t let stool buildup since they are a fire hazard.
Using the flashlights, you can check whether the chimney is clogged or not and then take necessary actions regarding it. Make sure the flue dampers seals properly, opens properly and closes properly. This is not only about minimizing carbon monoxide efficiency. When the damper doesn’t seal properly, they let a big amount of heat disperse from your chimney, costing you more for energy consumption.
While you are at the chimney checking phase, make sure to inspect the glass floor for any cracks that need to be fixed. Check if the gas logs are well-positioned or not. Lastly, turn the gas off at the “shut off” valve to check the igniter. Remember, any precautions and safety measures you take right now will only help the furnace work more efficiently for the rest of its life.
2. Check if your HVAC Air Vents are providing proper airflow
When you move to a new house or buy new furniture, there is a possibility that you covered the heat vent. To ensure you are not wasting the heat produced by a Heat Pump or a furnace, you need to check for blocked airflow passages. Same goes for the air conditioning. To ensure you are not wasting energy on your air conditioner, you need to clear the air ducts path. Also, to allow the air to pass smoothly, you need to go through regular air duct cleaning.
Check both supply registers to ensure heat is blowing out of your furnace properly.
3. Install the alarms & detectors for Carbon Monoxide
These Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are very close to the usual smoke detectors we have in our home. The difference is instead of the smoke, it detects Carbon Monoxide. In a sense, these detectors are much more important than smoke detectors. You can see smoke or smell it. But CO has no color or smell. So, even if your home is filling with CO, you cannot know unless it is too late. That’s why CO is called silent killer. That’s why Carbon Monoxide detectors are far more important than smoke detectors.
Install CO detectors to your home next time when you call HVAC experts for AC installation or AC Repair. But your responsibility doesn’t end there. After the installation, you need to test the detectors at least once a month. Note that, chances of death by long but subtle exposure to CO is greater than short yet extreme CO poisoning. So, don’t take the CO alarm warnings lightly.
4. Replace the batteries every once in a while
Installing the Carbon Monoxide detectors, it is crucial that you replace the batteries every once in a while, along with checking the alarm.
Many HVAC system specialists think of replacing the batteries in every 4 months. But just to be safe, you need to replace them at least twice in a year, that is, after 6 months.
5. Schedule routine maintenance
To ensure Carbon Monoxide poisoning doesn’t go off the charts, it is mandatory to have your heating and cooling system, which include, air conditioning units, heat pump or gas furnace, air ducts and detectors. Remember, routine maintenance of Carbon Monoxide is as important as AC maintenance & repair.
An expert HVAC technician will inspect for safety & ventilation, operation as well as mechanical maintenance. With routine maintenance as well as through annual checkup, a furnace will last for 2 – 3 decades or even more. So, never take AC Services & Maintenance, CO detector checkup and routine inspection for granted.
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