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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Has your home heating system been inspected recently? This important safety measure is easy to overlook, but extremely important for your family’s health. Potential carbon monoxide emissions from furnaces, boilers and fireplaces, combined with tightly sealed and winterized Chicago homes, can be a recipe for disaster. According to the CDC, more than 4000 people in the US are hospitalized and 400 die annually from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. That's why a number of organizations, including the EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission advise regular heating system tune-ups.

Proper Furnace Maintenance and Venting are Crucial for a Safe Home

Professional furnace maintenance can help protect your home and family, while saving you money on energy bills. When your heating system is serviced and inspected, your HVAC technician can check the venting system to ensure that it is clean and that air flows freely with no obstruction. Your HVAC professional can also make sure your furnace is correctly vented, that the flue is properly sized and that the chimney is sound, notifying you of any need for repairs or retrofitting.

Even if your home is equipped with a newer, high-efficiency gas furnace, performance can suffer if the system vents improperly through a previously existing chimney. This can also allow dangerous gasses to enter your living space. Even small amounts of carbon monoxide is dangerous.

CO Detectors, Appliance Checkups and Garage Safety

No matter how cold it gets, it's not safe to idle your car in the garage, even with garage doors open. For further protection from carbon monoxide poisoning, test your CO detectors regularly and replace batteries annually or as needed. Water heaters and combustion appliances should also be checked annually.

You deserve a cozy, comfortable and safe household. Neglecting your home heating system can be hazardous, so if your system hasn't had a checkup lately, now is the time. Schedule a cost-effective preventive maintenance visit with your heating contractor.

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