With the calendar rolling over into October, residents all across the state of Wisconsin are likely gearing up to fire up their furnace for the first time, if they haven’t done so already. October is traditionally a month where the weather begins to seriously take a turn towards winter temperatures, and that could mean some cold nights are in our immediate future.
However, this is also the time of the year when most people see problems with their furnaces. The months of inactivity can create some rather difficult conditions, sort of like when you don’t move a muscle for a long time and it aches when you first start to move again. One such problem you could encounter is an issue involving carbon monoxide, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to focus on carbon monoxide safety and awareness throughout the month of October.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a type of odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that’s extremely toxic to humans and animals in large quantities. Typically, carbon monoxide one of several different byproducts created by burning any type of fossil fuel, including wood, kerosene, lighter fluid, diesel, gasoline, and common furnace fuels like natural gas or propane, and oil. Carbon monoxide is not typically found in the atmosphere around us in any sort of detectable quantities, but can be found in large amounts near combustion sources like campfires, candles, incense, and car exhaust.
When your furnace burns natural gas, propane, or oil to create heat, the process creates exhaust. Your furnace is designed to handle this exhaust by venting it outside your home when working properly. However, should a connection come loose on your exhaust or a small hole or crack develop, a leak could allow some of this exhaust to escape into your home. And when you’re keeping your doors and windows shut to retain heat during winter, carbon monoxide can quickly accumulate to the point where you’re facing a carbon monoxide crisis.
Now this isn’t to say you shouldn’t run your furnace or quickly dump your heater in favor of an exhaustless electric heating system. In fact in many cases these systems aren’t nearly as efficient or provide you with nearly the same amount of heat. The overwhelming majority of the time, these systems can handle their exhaust just fine and you’re perfectly safe using one. However, every homeowner should know the risks and take proper protective measures nonetheless.
Protection Against Carbon Monoxide
Because Wisconsin is prone to temperatures as cold and frigid as we are, state building codes have made it mandatory for all newly-constructed buildings, including homes, to have a carbon monoxide monitor installed on every livable floor. By having one of these detectors at every level, you should be able to get adequate warning when a carbon monoxide problem is present and act quickly.
However, most of these store-bought units aren’t designed to offer you true protection. Most are crisis alarms, which means they don’t actually trigger until your carbon monoxide level is already at a critical level where you could face significant danger immediately. These units normally begin sounding at around 70 PPM (parts per million) of carbon monoxide. And on top of that they require tedious maintenance which includes battery changes every year, inspections and testing, and complete replacement every five to seven years.
Get True Carbon Monoxide Safety Installed in Your Home
At Mr. Holland’s Heating & Air, we want to be your complete source for heating services, including protection against carbon monoxide. To that end, we’re proud to offer our own carbon monoxide monitors that provide your home with superior protection and security against this dangerous gas. Our Mr. Holland’s Carbon Monoxide Alarms are designed to be long-lasting, easy to use, and provide you with a higher level of monitoring and awareness than any other model you might find at a big box store.
These units offer a number of great functionality benefits, including:
- Constant air sampling—get immediate warning if you have a carbon monoxide issue
- Digital readouts
- Audible alerts
- Low-level alerts starting as low as 30 PPM, well below the crisis level of 70 PPM
These units are also virtually maintenance-free, featuring a lifetime battery life and a full six-year warranty.
And now during Carbon Monoxide Safety Awareness Month, you can get one of these carbon monoxide monitoring systems from Mr. Holland’s Heating & Air for just $119, including professional installation! Plus if you buy one system, you’ll receive the next one for half-off so you can keep your entire home monitored.
We want to help you and your loved ones stay protected from the hazard of carbon monoxide and even keep your home up to date with building codes and requirements. But you have to book now—this offer is only good on systems which are installed by October 30th!
Schedule a carbon monoxide monitor installation by calling Mr. Holland’s Heating & Air at (262) 563-2636 today.