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You want to make sure your family is always safe in your Arlington, Virginia, home. If you have a furnace that uses natural gas or propane, make sure it isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. Let’s look at what carbon monoxide is and explore some ways to prevent it from harming your family.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO2) is an odorless, colorless gas that’s undetectable unless you have an alarm. The gas has the potential to make someone very sick; it’s even life-threatening above certain levels. Incomplete combustion of the fuel you’re burning results in CO2 forming. When you inhale the gas and it enters your bloodstream, it prevents your body from absorbing oxygen.

What are the Symptoms of CO2 Poisoning?

Because the gas is odorless, it’s difficult to know if CO2 gas has affected you. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 20,000 people visit the hospital for CO2 poisoning annually. If you suddenly experience dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches, upset stomach or confusion, immediately get outside into the fresh air.

Install a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The best way to avoid CO2 poisoning is to have an HVAC professional install a carbon monoxide alarm. The easy-to-read monitor shows the current level of carbon monoxide levels in your home. If CO2 levels become dangerous, a loud alarm goes off. If the power goes off, the alarm has a backup battery so it continues working.

Maintain Your Furnace

Make sure to have your furnace maintained before you turn it on for the heating season. Our service technicians will check for CO2 leaks and fix them before they cause a more serious problem. We will make sure that the burners and ignition are firing properly and burning fuel efficiently. Furnace maintenance helps to ensure your family’s safety during the heating season. As a result, you can enjoy peace of mind and sleep easy.

Do you want Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning to install a CO2 alarm or maintain your furnace? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 703-763-0399.

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