Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Cooler months in Clearwater are here. In fact, the months of October through February have a history of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances happening during those months. To understand the safety of your home, set up an annual furnace service now, before the middle of winter is upon us.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace may give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but over half don't do anything to keep it from taking place.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be very harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be confused for the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that consumes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the ability to discharge carbon monoxide if the system is not running correctly or if it wasn’t installed the right way.

Your annual furnace service company can help uncover any possible concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Ensure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Search for any other suspicious things that could compromise your safety
  • Help you uncover any additional areas where you may want to end up adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is operating at its best efficiency, helping give you peace-of-mind that you’re in a good spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the team at Midway Services can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the colder months.

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