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Keep Your Family Safe From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning This Winter

happy family sitting in front of a fireplace smilingWhile winter weather took it’s time to arrive in El Paso, many are happy that it is finally here. On that same note homeowners around town are finally switching on their furnaces. Enjoying the cozy warmth of a good heater with the family is one of the best pastimes for many El Pasoans. But before you get settled in be sure to take the proper precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning this winter.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

According to the Center for Disease Control, an average of 430 deaths take place each year because of CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the combustion process inside of a gas-powered furnace or appliance. The CO is usually contained inside a specific part inside the heating system called the heat exchanger. It is sent out of the flue pipe and vented out of the home.

Always Rely on a Certified Professional

When you are purchasing a new heater it may be tempting to save a bit of money on the installation. However, if the blower motor or venting are not installed correctly you can end up with serious problems on your hand. The last thing you want is to have a carbon monoxide leak due to a bad installation job. When you hire a certified professional you can be sure they have the expertise to conduct the job correctly.

Always Utilize a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. This gas cannot be detected by your senses. For that reason, it is vital to have a good carbon monoxide detector in your home. Be sure to test it out before you switch on the heating unit for the winter. CO poisoning causes flu like symptoms, nausea, and confusion. If you or anyone in your family experience these symptoms be sure to leave the home and call 911.

Conduct Annual Inspection and Maintenance

To be sure your heating system is ready for safe operation you should always conduct annual maintenance. If you are not sure what to do you can call the experts at Scott Heating and Cooling. One of our certified technicians will inspect the unit, change your filter, and spot any possible malfunctions. They will also clean any gunk or build up. Contact us today for more information. One of our experts will be happy to answer your questions and set up an appointment. We always provide prompt, reliable service.


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