Furnace Safety Inspections
in Katy, TX
When professionally installed and maintained, a gas furnace is an asset to any Sealy home, providing warmth and comfort during cool evenings and winter days. However, if this same heating system should malfunction due to neglect or improper installation practices the consequences can be deadly. An annual furnace safety inspection can help protect your family from the dangers associated with carbon monoxide through the early detection of issues that can lead to leakage of this deadly gas.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning occurs when the invisible, odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is present in sufficient levels in poorly ventilated, contained spaces, and is inhaled by the occupants. The presence of CO in the bloodstream reduces the amount of oxygen that is carried to blood cells leading to oxygen starvation. At lower concentrations, symptoms can include:
At higher concentrations or after prolonged exposure victims may experience the following:
Once the brain has been adequately deprived of oxygen symptoms continue to worsen, leading to unconsciousness, permanent brain damage, coma, or death. Long term exposure even at low level concentrations can have serious and even irreversible consequences to the body and nervous system such as organ, neurological, or circulatory system damage.
CO is a natural product of incomplete combustion and while every type of fuel burning device produces a small amount it is typically exhausted through the venting. In a dirty, improperly vented, or malfunctioning furnace however, CO is produced in much higher concentrations and can quickly leak in to your indoor air.
Carbon monoxide detectors save lives, giving occupants adequate warning to evacuate the home before CO levels can rise and cause damage. Install a CO detector in the hallway outside each sleeping area on every floor in your home, in addition to the following:
In addition to increasing the efficiency and longevity of your heating equipment, regular inspections can help detect small issues before they become major repairs, or deadly consequences. During your annual furnace safety inspection from BVS you can expect the following:
Call BVS today at 281-391-1510 or contact us online to schedule your furnace safety inspection today, and reduce the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide inside your home.