Remember the winter of 2010? The Superbowl? The ice? Rolling blackouts? Well, El Niño is moving into North Texas again this year and some of those same staples of the famed weather pattern we saw in 2010 are predicted to invade us here in Dallas in 2012. Accompanying the brief periods of frigid cold and winter precipitation is the increased use of your home’s heating system; whether that be a Dallas furnace, a Frisco heat pump, or an Allen air handler. In this month’s Classic Blog we want to take a quick minute to look at the use of gas furnaces and the subsequent issue of Carbon Monoxide.
In 2011 alone there were 208 recorded CO cases in Dallas and nearly all of those had working Carbon Monoxide Detectors! The key to safe, efficient operation is ensuring proper exhaust ventilation, sufficient combustion air, and exact gas pressure to name a few. If you haven’t had your system inspected or tested recently call Classic Heating and Air today for our famous CLEAN/CHECK/TUNE. The most common problem with Carbon Monoxide arises when technicians are ill informed and/or poorly equipped to detect problems. Or even worse, use the threat of Carbon Monoxide as a scare tactic toward you and your family. This fall and winter, as it becomes time to turn on your gas furnace protect yourself and your family by following these great Classic Heating and Air tips:
- If you have CO detectors in your home, test them annually and change the batteries often (included with our famous Classic CLEAN/CHECK/TUNE).
- FACTS are FACTS. If something a company or technician tells you seems unclear or hard to follow…ask them to show you what that means.
- Not all tools are created equal. Just because they beep or make noise does not mean they are fit or authorized for CO detection…ask to see the label.
- Heat exchangers rarely crack these days. If your current furnace is 15 years or newer odds are the HEX isn’t cracked. The technology and material used today in furnace manufacturing makes heat exchanger problems a thing of the past.
- Manufacturers DO NOT make furnaces that catch fire, blow up, or kill people! There are exceptions and limitations to this statement every qualified technician should know…if they don’t, call Classic Heating and Air immediately!
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