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January 11, 2016
The Winter season is in full swing here in Rhode Island, which has many residents preparing their homes for the chilly weather. We spend a great deal of our time indoors once the winter sets in and many people are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning without even knowing it. CO is colorless, odorless and cannot be seen with the naked eye, making it a silent danger that can strike when you least suspect it.
Carbon monoxide is no joke. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent it from affecting the health and safety of you and your family.
1. Install a CO Detector in Your Home
It’s impossible to see, smell or hear carbon monoxide as it takes over a home. This being said, a carbon monoxide detector will be capable of alerting you should a problem of any kind be picked up by its sensors. CO detectors are inexpensive and can be installed by homeowners—most simply plug into wall sockets and operate with a battery backup in case the power goes out. If you do one thing to protect your family from the dangers of CO, it should be to pick up a carbon monoxide detector and install it immediately.
2. Get Regular Heating System Maintenance
Many people are familiar with the dangers of CO, yet not everyone knows how it is emitted. In most cases, CO dangers come from faulty heating systems that aren’t working up to par or haven’t been cleaned in a long period of time. Getting regular heating system maintenance is almost always the best way to ensure that this doesn’t become a problem, as even the highest quality heating systems will suffer problems over time if they aren’t properly maintained. Maintenance will also help to ensure that you don’t suffer a heating system breakdown in the middle of the winter, which can end up being costly to fix.
3. Upgrade to a High-efficiency Heating System
Today’s heating systems are far more efficient than those of the past. They’re also less likely to contribute to CO problems since they utilize newer technology and haven’t seen countless years of use. Upgrading to a new, energy-efficient heating system will save you money on heating costs, provide true home comfort and give you the peace of mind you deserve this winter season.
Don’t let carbon monoxide get in the way of enjoying the winter. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.