The Dangers of Not Maintaining Oil Boilers & Furnaces Yearly Part 2 of 2

Everyone wants their family to be safe, especially at home! And not all dangers present themselves in obvious ways. They can lurk in the neglect of your oil boiler or furnace–they can leak out undetected. At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Bucks County, we want to stress that you get your heating systems cleaned out regularly to avoid soot clogging the passages, not only lowering efficiency but also risking you and your family's health.  

In our last blog, we discussed how accumulated soot can cause buildup, forcing the released gases into your home instead of out through the chimney or venting system. This is where carbon monoxide furrows in, odorless, and invisible.

Crossing Paths with Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide cannot be identified without a proper detector, making it completely colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It passes through your lungs, interfering with the transportation of oxygen to your red blood cells. It forms what is called carboxyhemoglobin, which starves your body of oxygen and leads to suffocation. Carbon monoxide poisoning is lethal, showing itself first as symptoms of the flu with shortness of breath, nausea, or mild headaches.    

it is caused by fuels that do not burn completely, for example:

  • Wood
  • Coal
  • Heating oil
  • Gasoline
  • Propane

These unburned fuels can come from any number of regular household appliances, like your:

  • Dryer
  • Water heater
  • Oven
  • Fireplace
  • Furnace
  • Boiler
  • Car in a closed garage

That is why it is very important to take precautions and have your appliances and heating systems checked regularly, maintained, and cleaned out. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Bucks County's technicians are the ones to call. With the experience and the tools to deal with situations, we pride ourselves on handling any job no matter the scale – all the way down to thermostat repair in Bucks County, PA. To avoid the threat of carbon monoxide, we suggest installing a carbon monoxide detector.  

The Solution of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A carbon monoxide detector will not only give you the peace of mind you need, but it can also save your life. They work by sounding an alarm, (much like a fire detector) when sensing a certain amount of the gas. This will alert you of the issue and avoid a situation that could have turned dangerous.

We want you to keep your safety in mind, and by installing one of these detectors, you will be able to! At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Bucks County, we also can assist you with thermostat repair in Montgomery County, PA.