How to Prevent and Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

We recently discussed the danger of cracked furnace heat exchangers and how this can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) entering your home and posing major health risks. Any use of natural gas in a home presents some risk of CO leaks, and it’s important that you take steps to prevent this from occurring and to provide a warning should they happen.

First, Always Schedule Heating Maintenance

Without fail, arrange to have an HVAC professional visit your house each fall or early winter—the time before you have to first turn on your furnace—to inspect the system and make sure that it has no repair needs. A properly maintained natural gas heating system will be at the lowest possible risk for CO leaks. You can sign up for our maintenance plan, which also includes service for your AC each spring.

Have Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your House

Because CO is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, you need special devices that can detect its presence. CO detectors, which you can purchase at most home improvement stores, are essential for any house that uses natural gas. Have the detectors placed both upstairs and downstairs, as well as near the kitchen and in rooms where people sleep.

Replacing Aging Natural Gas Appliances

The older a natural gas appliance gets, the higher its risk of CO leaks. If you have a gas-powered furnace that is more than 20 years old, we strongly recommend that you have a new one put in. Talk to our specialists about a new furnace installation. (You may even want to switch to an effective electrical system, like a heat pump.)

Never Work on Gas Lines or Gas Appliances Yourself

If you suspect anything is wrong with your furnace or another gas appliance in your home, or you think there are gas line leaks, do not try to repair it on your own. Only licensed technicians are legally permitted to work on anything attached to the gas main for safety reasons.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves Alta Loma and throughout the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities.

No, Seriously: You Need Your Furnace Tuned-Up

The deserts of Southern California have a nation-wide reputation for their intense heat. But what people may not know is that winter nights here can often get a bit nippy. No, we won’t get any sympathy from someone who lives in Milwaukie, but with evening averages often in the 40s, what we do need is working heating system in our home. Sympathy from a working furnace—we can settle for that!

And that’s why we’re making one last plea before the winter officially starts: if you haven’t signed up for our heating system maintenance yet, now is the time to get on top of it. We’ll put you on the schedule to see that your furnace is ready for when the cold nights become a regular occurrence.

But I don’t need the furnace that often…

Yes, we know. We hear this explanation from people all the time. A furnace in So. Cal doesn’t get the same amount of work stress as one in the northern parts of the country, but they also spend a longer time inactive during the hot weather—and that can lead to problems as well, such as a furnace that isn’t ready to go when the time comes.

Plus, there’s the safety issue. Gas furnaces are the most common type of furnace found in homes because they help reduce energy bills. But any gas appliance can turn into a health hazard if it doesn’t receive regular inspections and tune-ups. You may not use your furnace much, but that doesn’t mean it will never pose a safety problem for your house.

Finally, regular furnace maintenance is a money-saver. It means less spent on repairs, less spent on energy consumption, and less spent on having to replace the furnace years before it’s time. Annual furnace maintenance is an important investment in your home—no matter where that home is.

Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning serves Loma Linda, CA and throughout the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities. For exceptional customer service, please give our office a call!