One of the potential dangers to a forced air furnace is the build-up of toxic combustion by-products, such as carbon monoxide, inside of your home. Although furnaces are vented to carry these gases outside of your home and out of harm's way, a breakdown in the venting system can have dangerous results. Fortunately, there are a number of easy and affordable ways to prevent a carbon monoxide leak in your house.
Ways to prevent a carbon monoxide leak:
- 1. Don't skimp on annual HVAC maintenance. Annual furnace maintenance may seem like an unnecessary expense. However, one of the things the technician does during this call is to check the venting system and the heat exchanger to make sure there are no CO leaks.
- 2. Change your air filter regularly. A clogged air filter can hamper the airflow in your heating system and lead to a back up of carbon monoxide. Prevent this by changing your air filter at least once a month during the height of the heating season.
- 3. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector. For additional peace of mind, every house should have a CO detector. This monitor is designed to sound an alarm if levels exceed a pre-set level.
To learn more about preventing a carbon monoxide leak in your North Carolina home and/or to schedule an HVAC maintenance call, contact Griffin Heating and Air Conditioning.