Carbon monoxide poisoning is a dangerous possibility that Caroline, Virginia, homeowners should protect themselves against this winter. Here are a few ways you can protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Open Windows and Doors
If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, open your doors and windows immediately. Letting fresh air in and dangerous gases out can help prevent your family from being poisoned until an HVAC technician arrives.
Replace Your Batteries
You should replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors every year. Do it before the winter months, so you can be confident they’re functioning. If you don’t have a detector, put one at the top of your shopping list.
Remove Gas Creators Without Vents
You should never use gas appliances that don’t vent outdoors. This includes gas fireplaces that don’t have proper venting. Don’t idle cars in garages, as they emit carbon monoxide that can collect in your house. No matter the season, using gas-powered machines and appliances inside your home without proper ventilation is always a bad idea.
Have a Technician Look for Backdrafts
Improperly installed appliances and HVAC systems can cause backdrafts of carbon monoxide in your home. These happen when the pressure that sends gas away from your home isn’t powerful enough to do so. Ask a technician to test your systems to be sure this isn’t happening in your home.
Schedule Annual Inspections
The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to take preventive measures. That means scheduling a visit from a licensed HVAC technician at least once a year to make sure your system is in good shape — preferably before winter hits.
If you want to make sure your HVAC system is safe for you and your family this winter, give our team at Custom/Design Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 540-322-1096. Let us help you create the healthiest home for you and your family.
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