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Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Colder months in Oakville are near. In fact, the months of October through February have a history of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances happening throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, arrange an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter arrives.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace may give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to keep it from happening.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be quite harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be confused for the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that utilizes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the opportunity to give off carbon monoxide if the system is not working correctly or if it wasn’t installed the right way.

Your annual furnace service company can help identify any possible problems. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Be sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Inspect for any other weird things that might compromise your safety
  • Help you identify any additional areas where you may want to end up adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is operating at its top efficiency, helping give you peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to know that many furnace manufacturers may require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the experts at Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the winter months.

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