Every year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people in the United States are affected by carbon monoxide poisoning and approximately 500 people die. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that poses a serious risk to the safety of your family. If your Texas home is equipped with a gas or oil furnace, a gas refrigerator, a gas stove, or a variety of other common home appliances, then you need to be aware of the dangers presented when carbon monoxide is in the air.
In an effort to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, the team at BVS Air Conditioning & Heating is providing a free carbon monoxide detector with every furnace safety inspection and tune up in the Katy and West Houston areas. To learn more about this offer, give us a call at 281-391-1510 or contact us online.
5 Important Facts About Carbon Monoxide
When it comes to carbon monoxide, knowledge is power. The more you know, the more likely you will be able to recognize a dangerous situation. With this in mind, our team at BVS Air Conditioning & Heating put together a list of five important facts:
- Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly to you and your family if inhaled.
- The deadly gas is produced in the fumes of flames.
- The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, and confusion.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when you breathe in even small amounts of the gas because it enters your bloodstream, preventing red blood cells from carrying oxygen to your vital organs.
- Infants, the elderly, and people with breathing problems are the most likely to be susceptible to poisoning.
Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide
As we mentioned above, many common household appliances can emit this dangerous gas, including:
- Fossil fuel powered heaters, water heaters, and furnaces
- Heaters using wood, coal, oil, or other carbon-based fuels
- Gas stoves, gas dryers, both gas and wood fireplaces
- Cooking equipment such as ranges, ovens, and grills
- Engines used in power tools, snow blowers, gas or gasoline powered grass cutting equipment, trucks, cars, and standby generators
Installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home is the easiest way to protect your family from the dangers associated with carbon monoxide. It’s recommended to install one on every floor of the house, including the garage, basement, and attic.
Call BVS to Schedule Furnace Maintenance in Katy & West Houston
In Texas, regular maintenance reduces heating costs, improves dependability, and increases the life of your heating system. But that’s not all. It ensures that your heating system is operating safely and minimizes the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.