Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Now that we’ve all gained back that hour of sleep we lost months ago, we’re all feeling refreshed and ready for the upcoming winter, right? Well, let’s not go too far; but as always the end of Daylight Saving Time is a clear reminder about the changing of the seasons.

As we enter the heart of the heating season, Merts Heating and Air Conditioning urges you to pay special attention to protecting yourself against the silent killer, carbon monoxide. If you have carbon monoxide detectors, now is the time to test them and replace the batteries. If you don’t have them, call Merts right now to talk about installing them in your home.

The first thing to note is we are talking about detectors (plural), meaning more than one. Safety experts recommend putting CO detectors on every floor of your house, making sure there is one in close proximity to all sleeping areas. If you have an attached garage there should be a detector close to the door between the house and garage. In this day and age of remote starting features and key fobs, it’s very easy to accidentally leave a vehicle running in the garage. It can quickly fill the house with deadly CO gas.

CO detectors should be considered the bare minimum when it comes to carbon monoxide safety tips. As the name implies, detectors are only designed to detect dangerously high CO levels. There is increasing evidence that long-term exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide gas can cause health problems. The solution is a carbon monoxide monitor. It continually displays the level of CO gas in the air. If it shows an increase, even though the level is non-lethal, you can address the problem immediately.

So what causes the presence of carbon monoxide? It’s important to remember any fuel burning device creates CO gas. When Merts Heating and Air Conditioning does a tune-up on your heating system, we will make sure the deadly gas is being exhausted properly to the outside. We will also do CO testing to determine if the odorless and tasteless gas is present in your home. Your safety is very important to us. Don’t become a statistic. Call and make your appointment now. Make sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get more great information like this.