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Did you know that carbon monoxide leaks can start in the heat exchanger of your furnace? Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel, such as gas, wood, or charcoal, is burned. The heat exchanger, which contains the CO within the furnace, can develop cracks over time and leak the gas into your home.

While the best way to prevent exposure to CO is with the help of a dependable carbon monoxide detector, a simple winter inspection from Bardi Heating & Air will allow us to ensure your furnace is working in a safe and efficient manner, and, most importantly, check for cracked or rusted heat exchangers.

You probably have heard about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, and hopefully, you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. CO is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can have deadly results if allowed to accumulate.

Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms are similar to those of the flu except without the fever. Headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath are all symptoms of low level exposure to carbon monoxide. Higher exposure levels may result in mental confusion, vomiting, unconsciousness, and loss of muscular coordination. The higher and longer the exposure level the more severe the symptoms.

Preventive measures to reduce Carbon Monoxide exposure.

1. Hire professionals: Even the most handy homeowner should work with a professional when installing new appliances to ensure that they are properly ventilated. Bardi offers annual specials to winterize your furnace.

2. Schedule annual maintenance: Part of an annual furnace tune-up includes making sure the system is properly calibrated and ventilated.

3. Use portable appliances wisely: If you need to run a generator or any gasoline-powered device, do not do it in an enclosed space.
4. Install an alarm: A carbon monoxide detector will alert you to dangerous levels of the gas in your home. Install detectors near your sleeping areas and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

5. Turn the car off: If you have an attached garage, never leave the car running inside. The gas can enter your home through air leaks in the walls.

6. Use appliances properly: A gas oven or clothes dryer should never be used to heat your home.

7. Allow your oven to vent: If you have a gas or propane oven, do not cover the bottom with aluminum foil or any other material. The vents are there to promote airflow.

8. Be careful during renovations: When renovating your home, it is easy to block appliance vents or chimneys when trying to protect your furnishings with tarps or canvas. Be mindful of how you do this.

9. Do not use fuel-burning heaters when sleeping: Unless properly ventilated, a portable heater that uses fuel should not be used in
sleeping areas.

10. Check your ductwork: Disconnected or leaky ducts can allow carbon monoxide to enter your living spaces. Your heating and cooling technician should also check this during an annual maintenance visit.

At Bardi, your safety is paramount to us. We want to make sure that no dangerous gases leak into your home, and we want to ensure that your heating system keeps you warm all season long. With colder temperatures and shorter days, homeowners are looking forward to spending time with family and holiday fun. When you make your list and check it twice, make sure not to miss a vital step in preparing for winter: a professional inspection for your furnace.

About the Author:

Bardi Heating and Cooling, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and Best Small Business by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, has been a trusted heating and cooling company providing superior AC, Heating and Plumbing care in Atlanta for nearly 25 years. Bardi will ‘always, always, always do the right thing.’ Hear it right from our customers at Bardi.com