As a responsible homeowner, you should do all you can to keep your property safe. In many cases, it’s what you keep out of your home that’s just as important as what you allow in your home.

One thing you definitely want to keep out of your home is carbon monoxide. This substance can cause serious health effects if it’s allowed to linger in your Marco Island home. Keep reading to learn more about what you should do if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Given these qualities, carbon monoxide cannot be detected by humans, even when it’s present in large amounts.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of natural gas combustion that is normally vented out of and away from your home using flues. Unfortunately, there are times when problems with your furnace or water heater can cause carbon monoxide to be released into your home. This can put you and your family at risk.

What’s the Risk?

Carbon monoxide at any concentration puts you at risk for poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, headaches, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, and other serious symptoms.

If you are exposed to carbon monoxide for long enough or in high enough concentrations, it can cause you to pass out, eventually leading to death. Therefore, it’s important that you have your furnace checked by Accurate Comfort if any carbon monoxide is detected in your home.

What Can I Do?

The best way to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning is to be aware of its presence. That’s why it’s crucial that you have at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home, in an area where you will be able to hear it go off in your bedroom. If the alarm sounds, you must evacuate your home immediately until the source of the carbon monoxide can be found and corrected.

Another important step to take to protect yourself and your family is to have your furnace serviced regularly by Accurate Comfort. A properly functioning furnace is far less likely to release carbon monoxide than one that is on its last legs.

At Accurate Comfort, we take pride in maintaining, repairing, and installing furnaces and other HVAC equipment. We also offer maintenance, repairs, and installations of water source heat pumps and pool heaters. Contact Accurate Comfort today for further assistance regarding carbon monoxide in your Marco Island or Naples home.