The Invisible Threat
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can pose a severe safety hazard in your home. It is produced when fossil fuels are burned, such as in your furnace. Leaking furnaces or boilers are one of the most common causes of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Recognizing the Warning Signs
Recognizing the signs of a carbon monoxide leak is crucial for your safety. These warning signs include:
- Heavy condensation on the windows (found in the room with your furnace)
- Yellow or brown soot-like stains found around your furnace
- A yellow pilot light (instead of a blue flame)
- Stuffy indoor air
- The smell of gas/burning
- The pilot light constantly blows out
- Rust found on the vent pipe
Health Risks of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Significant amounts of carbon monoxide in your home can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include nausea or vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, headaches, dizziness, unconsciousness, weakness or achiness, and shortness of breath or rapid breathing.
How Lenz Heating and Cooling Can Help
Lenz Heating and Cooling, a fully licensed, bonded, and insured company, has been providing residential air conditioner and furnace services in the Des Moines community and surrounding areas in the state of Iowa since 2009. Our HVAC contractors are certified and ready to help you ensure the safety of your home.
Regular maintenance of your furnace can significantly reduce the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. At Lenz Heating and Cooling, we offer a one-year service agreement that includes two maintenance visits, an A/C tune-up, and a furnace tune-up.
Our professionals can inspect your furnace for potential issues that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak, such as cracks in your furnace’s heat exchanger or flue pipes. We can also check for faulty ductwork or a defective blower motor.
We understand that emergencies can happen at any time. That’s why we offer 24/7 HVAC emergency services. You can take comfort knowing that one of our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning experts will make your heating and cooling needs their top priority.
Your safety is our top priority at Lenz Heating and Cooling. By recognizing the signs of a carbon monoxide leak and taking preventative measures, you can protect your family from this silent danger. Contact us today at (515) 225-6446 to learn more about our services.