Carbon monoxide is something that’s gotten more and more attention over the years. Carbon monoxide, or CO, has claimed too many lives over the years, which is why local governments and state authorities have started to regulate homes and businesses by requiring carbon monoxide detectors.
However, older homes and those who have owned their homes for many years may still not have any carbon monoxide detectors, and could remain unprotected in a couple of different ways. Here’s what you can do to keep your home safe.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The law in Colorado states that any single or multi-family residence with a fuel-burning appliance (like a natural gas furnace or boiler) must have a carbon monoxide detector—but it only applies to homes built, rented, sold, or remodeled after July 1, 2009, when the law went into effect. That means a lot of people still may not have this life-saving device.
Whether or not local laws and regulations require it, you should have a carbon monoxide detector on every floor and within 15 feet of any bedroom. Carbon monoxide does not give off an odor, which means you have almost no other way of detecting a leak aside from the alarm sound your CO detector gives off. And CO poisoning claims hundreds of lives a year.
Schedule Gas Heater Inspections and Tune-Ups
Your gas furnace or boiler is in use for most of the season. So if there is a carbon monoxide leak that comes from your heater, it can become dangerous quickly. Schedule a gas heating system inspection and tune-up before winter starts.
A technician will look over your system and report to you any safety issues that need your attention before you run your furnace or boiler again. This includes leaks from the heat exchanger and any issues with the gas connection. Call qualified HVAC technicians today!
Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning for heating system services in Colorado Springs, CO.