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What To Know About CO

Nope, we’re not talking about Colorado and we’re not talking about commanding officer, we’re talking about carbon monoxide. This is something that you should be well-versed in if you run a gas-powered furnace in your home during the winter. Most of us around this area fall into this category. If you’re looking to keep your home’s heater service in Clackamas, OR high-quality and safe, then you should make sure that you schedule an appointment with us.

Today, we’d like to give you a crash course in everything carbon monoxide. What you should know, what you should look out for, and what you should do to protect yourself. Keep reading below…

What You Should Know

Let’s get into the rundown—what should you know about carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (also referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. We want to clarify that it’s not something that’s inherently part of your home’s heating system. We see HVAC contractors talk about gas-powered heaters and carbon monoxide so hand-in-hand that people think they naturally go together. This isn’t the case. Carbon monoxide only occurs in your heater when things start to go wrong. Typically, what goes wrong is your furnace cracking in some way. Then the carbon monoxide starts to leak out.

What To Look Out For

The tricky thing about carbon monoxide is that there really isn’t much to look out for since it’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You need to know the signs and make sure that you’re staying vigilant.

Here are some things that you might notice if you’re experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning on any level:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • You always feel sick at home
  • You feel better physically when you’re away from home
  • The symptoms that you experience are worse whenever you run a gas-burning appliance

Don’t ignore these signs. We know that on a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to brush problems under the rug and chalk things up to a bad day. If your bad days are often, then you’re having significant problems with one of your home’s gas-fueled appliances. We’re here to help you find exactly what you need.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

The best thing that you can do to protect yourself and your family members from carbon monoxide is to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. You’ve heard of smartphones, smart tablets, and even smart TVs, but did you know that there are smart detectors too?

Since we’re the experts, we can give you the information necessary to find yourself the right carbon monoxide detectors. We definitely prefer some brands over others. Ultimately, though, what you need is going to depend on the size, dimensions, and layout of your home. We pay attention to detail and we’ll help you find exactly what you need.

The Importance of Maintenance

Of course, heating maintenance is important because it helps you keeps your bills low and your home warm, it’s also important because it keeps you safe. Maintenance is when a professional can spot a crack in your heater and eliminate potential problems altogether.

Contact Chase Heating and Cooling today to schedule an appointment with our team members.

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