A Heating System Tune-up Can Be a Life-Saver

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A Heating System Tune-up Can Be a Life-Saver

It’s often called a heating system tune-up or routine maintenance. Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know it could also go by another name: Life-saving safety inspection. That’s right, routine maintenance and inspections might save the lives of you and your family.

Did you know carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 people each year? It can be caused by any device that burns fuel; whether it’s wood, natural gas, kerosene, coal, etc. When our technicians perform heating repair or maintenance in your Denver home, they will inspect the heat exchanger on your furnace or boiler. What separates us from many companies, is we don’t stop there. If our technicians even suspect something out of the ordinary, they will offer you a suspect heat exchanger diagnostic (SHED). This is important because cracked heat exchangers are one of the most common causes of CO leaks. It allows the odorless gas to escape into the home rather than going up the flue. All Builder’s service technicians and field employees are certified and trained heat exchanger experts.

An Important Side-Note

★     No matter what an HVAC technician tells you, NEVER use a furnace with a cracked heat exchanger.

★     Their tests may indicate no carbon monoxide is present at that moment and tell you it’s safe, but a cracked exchanger can start leaking at any time.

★     Do not take chances with this silent killer.

Another safety step is what’s called a combustion analysis. The best way to explain it is we measure the gas levels (CO2, CO, O2) in the flue to make sure the fuel is burning correctly. If you’re not sure that one has been done on your system, talk with your technician to find out how affordable the peace of mind offered by a combustion analysis is.

Builder’s also urges you to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. For true safety, a single CO detector really isn’t enough. The experts recommend having one on every level of your home. To get the best reading, they should be installed about five feet above the floor.

Often-times the warning signs of CO poisoning are subtle and you don’t even realize what’s happening. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are some symptoms you should be alert for:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, do not take chances. The condition is life-threatening and you should treat it as an emergency. Get the victim into fresh air and get immediate medical care.

Protect your family’s safety. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning now to schedule your Denver heating system maintenance and carbon monoxide test. Builders, keeping Denver and the Suburbs Comfortable (and Safe) since 1950.