A carbon monoxide leak in your heater can really throw a monkey wrench into your plans, especially during this time of year when you’re supposed to be celebrating with family and buying gifts for the holidays.
The scariest aspect of a carbon monoxide leak occurring in your home is the fact that the threat you are facing is invisible, so if you’re unfamiliar with the signs that are indicative of a leak in your heater, it could go undetected for prolonged periods of time.
Breathing in carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms and even death if not detected, which is why it is extremely important that you know what to look for and how to properly maintain all gas-powered appliances – especially your heating system.
Here are some ways to prevent carbon monoxide leaks in your home:
- Never attempt to repair gas appliances on your own. It takes an expert to properly repair a heating system. Faulty ventilation and shoddy patchwork can lead to carbon monoxide exposure in your home.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector. These can be purchased at your local hardware store. One should be present on every floor of your home to ensure that all rooms are safe.
- If you smell gas – leave. If for whatever reason you believe there may be carbon monoxide leaking into your home, leave immediately and call 911.
- Inspect your furnace and water heater regularly. If you get even a slight whiff of gas, it’s probably a good idea to leave your home and have it checked out as soon as possible.
- Don’t forget about other gas-powered appliances. If your stove runs on gas or you frequently use a space heater for additional warmth, it should be inspected regularly since it can also be a source of gas leaks.
The best defense is a good offense. With that in mind, enjoy the following offer from Hage Energy:
Heater Winter Tune-up
Original price is $99.95
Offer expires 12/21/18. Restrictions apply. Not valid with other coupons or offers. Price is per system.