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Do you have a silent killer in your home? Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can be deadly for you and your family. It is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that can be produced when ANY fuel is burnt, including oil, gas, wood, or coal. As the heating season is fast approaching now is the time to get educated and take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (also known as CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas and is a common yet preventable cause of death from poisoning worldwide.
It can be produced when there is a lack of air when fossil fuels are used or if an appliance is faulty.
Common Causes of CO Poisoning:
Carbon monoxide is emitted when materials burn. It’s a natural byproduct of gas and propane powered furnaces, wood-burning stoves, non-electric space heaters and gas or propane stoves and ovens. Vehicles also emit the gas, which can build to deadly levels if trapped in a garage or other closed space. Household appliances that produce carbon monoxide should be equipped with ventilation systems that keep the dangerous gas from accumulating in your home. The trouble arises with aging appliances that can break and emit deadly gas into your home’s interior. It is important to remember that a match, cigarette, or incense give off CO, not just appliances.
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu. It’s important that if you start to notice some of these symptoms, especially if they become chronic, you go to a doctor right away.
Early symptoms can include:
Keep all appliances in good working condition. Have them maintained regularly or serviced immediately if you notice them malfunctioning in any way. If you have a chimney or flue double check it is clear and free of any blockages. Make sure all rooms are properly ventilated. Do not run any vehicles or gas powered machines in an enclosed environment. (Like a garage.) Be sure to have Carbon Monoxide Alarms installed in your garage as well as within 15 feet of entrances to sleeping areas.
Stay safe this winter! If you have any questions or concerns on your heating equipment call us at Apollo Heating and Air (509) 987-1500. We are here to serve you and the community, providing the highest quality of service.
Can you believe that fall is right around the corner? If your goal is to keep your home comfortable through the season changes and your HVAC equipment working in peak operating condition, you need to make sure to schedule a fall maintenance. Just like changing your oil or rotating your tires on your car, it is important to have a seasonal check to ensure your system is prepared to function successfully and efficiently.
A seasonal system check-up cover a long list of maintenance tasks. A professional HVAC technician should cover these tasks:
Check Thermostat – This ensures that it is functioning properly. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, your technician may recommend making the upgrade. This will help maximize your system s efficiency and save you money.
Inspect Electrical Connections – Faulty electrical connections and incorrect voltage affect the equipment’s efficiency and safe operation, and increase the risk of a component failure.
Lubricating All Moving Parts – A lack of lubrication on moving parts like fans and motors leaves them vulnerable to friction which can result in significant damage. Not only does friction decrease efficiency, can cause increased wear and increase the risk of fire.
Cleaning the Condensate Drain – If dirt builds up and blocks the condensate drain, indoor humidity levels will rise, water damage may occur and bacteria, mold and mildew can flourish.
Testing the Start-up, Shutdown and Safety Controls – Checking these functions that all the system will run safely and is operating correctly.
Inspecting the Exhaust Vents – Checking the systems chimney or vent stack for leaks, corrosion and back drafting is vital to prevent buildup of exhaust fumes such as deadly carbon dioxide.
Checking the Heat Exchangers, Burners, and Fuel Lines/Connections – Dirty burners, fuel leaks, and damaged heat exchangers impact energy efficiency and pose a serious safety risk.
Cleaning or Replacing the Air Filter – In between professional tune-ups, check and clean/replace the filter monthly to keep the HVAC system operating efficiently and prolong the equipment’s service life.
To learn more about the importance of preventative care, or to schedule a fall HVAC maintenance visit, contact us at Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us at 509-987-1500 or schedule on line by clicking here.
Name: Joe Gilfoil
With Apollo Since: 2009
Town Lives in: Prosser, WA
Job Title: HVAC Commercial Service Technician
Family: Wife and 3 kids
Pets: Kids are enough right now
Hobbies: Home improvement, metal working, & hobby farming
Recent accomplishment on the job: Completed apprenticeship program and moved from Residential to Commercial service
Recent accomplishment outside the job: Laid sod at my house. Thanks Tanner!
Favorite Music: Anything from Pharrell’s “Happy” to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.
Favorite Food: Anything my wife makes.
Next big goal in life: Try to get ahead of the projects at the house.