Fuel-burning stoves, water heaters and heating systems add comfort and convenience to your home life in Greater Atlanta, but if not properly maintained, they can pose health risks for your family too, including exposure to deadly carbon monoxide. This dangerous silent killer is the reason why the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has required the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all new homes since 2009. The following three risk factors are associated with homes that do not have carbon monoxide alarms.

1. Undetected Exposure

A variety of byproducts are generated during the combustion process, but during normal operation of your heating system and appliances, the substances are safely ventilated outside your home. Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion and is often the result of insufficient oxygen supply caused by malfunctioning equipment, worn parts or leaks. This can allow the gas to backdraft into your living spaces. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless, your family can be exposed to carbon monoxide without knowing it. It’s critical to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have been exposed to the dangerous gas.

2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When exposed to carbon monoxide, the body’s red blood cells absorb the gas faster than they can pick up oxygen. Low-level exposure to the gas can cause flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, weakness, vomiting, confusion and dizziness. Even short-term exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can result in loss of consciousness, coma or death. People who are sleeping are particularly at risk for death. Fatalities are highest among people 65 and older.

3. Financial Consequences

Aside from protecting your family from serious health risks, carbon monoxide detectors can save you money as well. A carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to improperly operating equipment and the need for a timely appliance or furnace repair, saving you from the expense of a costly replacement. In addition to installing carbon monoxide detectors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you have a qualified HVAC technician perform preventive maintenance on your heating system each year.

Protect Your Family

Providing expert HVAC products and services to the Greater Atlanta area since 1967, Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning is pleased to offer a wide array of indoor air quality products, including reliable carbon monoxide alarms. We’re the professionals to call when you need an emergency furnace repair as well. To learn more about how our HVAC professionals help households in Greater Atlanta stay safe and comfortable, check out the quality heating services we offer at Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning or give us a call at 678-369-0500.