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Furnace Maintenance – Home Heating Systems

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Did you know that those home heating systems that aren’t appropriately maintained may be less than fifty percent proficient? As the weather starts to cool down here in Arizona, the last thing you need to worry about is any kind of furnace failure! In order to stay clear of any furnace problems, it is highly recommended that you adhere to regular furnace maintenance.

Avoiding furnace maintenance can lead to expensive or even fatal consequences. Gas furnaces work by burning natural gas or propane. This involves a flame and ignitable material, therefore emphasizing the importance of regular furnace maintenance. Almost every gas furnace produces a little amount of carbon monoxide. Furnaces that haven’t been properly maintained increase the potential to produce a greater amount of carbon monoxide which could be deadly.

Regular furnace maintenance is key for a long-lasting well functioning furnace. Ensure your home is being heated safely and efficiently while lowering your energy bills.

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Twenty-eight people, including many children, got carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday because of a gas leak at a Flagstaff church lodge.

Flagstaff fire Battalion Chief Bob Orrill says firefighters were called to the lodge at about 8:30 a.m. and found that 28 people were experiencing symptoms including nausea, dizziness, headaches and stomach aches.

He says many of them were younger than 16.

Flagstaff Medical Center spokeswoman Starla Collins says no one has had to be admitted to the hospital and that it appears everyone will be fine.

Orrill says the problem likely was caused after someone at the lodge cranked up the heater to 90 degrees, causing it to run all night, and that the heater had dirty air filters that were choking the system.

A furnace filter is crucial to the operation of any heating system. It traps most airborne debris while allowing a continual airflow that moves heated air through the house. A variety of furnace filter problems are possible unless the homeowner properly maintains the system.

Almost all types of appliances can cause hazards, but those such as oil furnaces that burn fuel for heating and cooking can be especially dangerous to your health. Most oil furnaces are safe, but sometimes they can produce gases that can be dangerous and even fatal. Oil furnaces can be a source of carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and deadly poisonous.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 deaths occur annually in the United States because of pollutants from indoor combustion devices. Carbon monoxide is invisible and has no odor. An entire family can be poisoned by CO without being aware of its presence.

Carbon monoxide reduces the ability of blood to carry oxygen. Red blood cells absorb CO faster than they do oxygen, so CO can replace oxygen in the red blood cells, preventing oxygen from reaching body tissues and thus damaging the tissues.

Breathing high doses of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, a gagging sensation, vomiting, chest pain, loss of consciousness and, finally, death. CO poisoning can affect both people and animals. Infants and people with cardiac, respiratory or blood disorders are most susceptible.

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