Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Colder months in Birmingham are upon us. In fact, the months of October through February have a track record of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances taking place throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, schedule an annual furnace service now, before the cold of winter is upon us.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners know that their furnace can release deadly carbon monoxide gas, but over half don't do anything to stop it from happening.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be very harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be thought of as 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 uses fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the chance to release carbon monoxide if the system is not running properly or if it wasn’t installed the right way.

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

  • Make sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Look for any other suspicious things that may compromise your safety
  • Help you find any additional areas where you may want to think about 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 great spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the experts at Norrell Service Experts 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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