Carbon Monoxide Detector: Have You Changed Your Batteries?

Posted on October 11, 2013 by Bailey Horlander

Photo of a carbon monoxide monitorFall is in the air, the leaves are beginning to change, and you guessed it, it is almost time to start using your Kansas City home’s furnace. At Heartland Quality we do our best to keep you safe each year when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling equipment, which is why we recommend changing the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector this time of the year.

How Carbon Monoxide Can Enter Your Home

Carbon monoxide, in case you didn’t know, is a colorless and odorless gas that when inhaled can be harmful and sometimes deadly. It can be found whenever fuel is burned and is produced by equipment such as vehicles, stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, generators, and your home’s heating system or furnace. When these pieces of equipment are vented properly, the carbon monoxide should exit your Kansas City area home and end up outside. However, in homes that are not properly vented, have blocked airways, or experience an equipment malfunction, carbon monoxide fumes can build up.

Who is Affected by Carbon Monoxide Each Year? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older.”

Keep Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide

One way to ensure that your home is safe from carbon monoxide poisoning is by having your equipment checked at least once a year. This will help to prevent equipment malfunctions, blocked airways, etc. A way to give you peace of mind is to change the batteries in your home’s carbon monoxide monitor. If you don’t have one, be sure to have one installed.

We provide furnace tune-ups and furnace repair services to the entire Kansas City area. To schedule a tune-up for your furnace to make sure it is being properly vented or to have a carbon monoxide monitor installed, give Heartland Quality a call at (816) 525-2031.

 

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