Furnace Service and Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

October 19, 2015

Winter months in Edmonton are upon us. In fact, the months of October through February have a history of carbon monoxide safety concerns with 68 percent of carbon monoxide related deaths caused by home appliances occurring throughout those months. To understand the safety of your home, arrange an annual furnace service now, before the peak of winter is upon us.

According to a new survey from Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, 94 percent of homeowners recognize that their furnace could give off deadly carbon monoxide gas, but greater than half don't do anything to stop it from happening.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be quite harmful,” says Dr. Lance Broy. “Initial symptoms can be confused for the flu – you can have nausea and fatigue but actually can progress and cause organ damage or even death.”

Any appliance in your home that utilizes fuels like gas, oil, or wood – such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or clothes dryers – has the chance to give off carbon monoxide if the system is not running properly or if it wasn’t installed appropriately.

Your annual furnace service company can help find any troubling concerns. When you have furnace service completed, your technician should:

  • Be sure that your furnace isn’t emitting carbon monoxide
  • Search for any other out-of-place things that may compromise your safety
  • Help you find any additional areas where you may want to consider adding a carbon monoxide detector
  • Tune-up your system so that you know your equipment is running at its top efficiency, helping offer peace-of-mind that you’re in a great spot to potentially save money this winter

It’s important to remember that many furnace manufacturers might require annual furnace service to keep your system under their warranty. That’s where the pros at McKinley Heating Service Experts can help. We’re here to help you have not only a comfortable home, but more importantly, a safe one. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online to learn more about carbon monoxide safety as we head in to the colder months.

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