Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas often called the silent killer. CO replaces oxygen in your bloodstream and causes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, headache, coma and death. Every year in the United States, 400 people die from CO poisoning while 20,000 visit the emergency department and 4,000 people are hospitalized. CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S. CO is produced when any kind of fuel is burned and sources include fireplaces, hot water heaters, gas or oil furnaces, space heaters, clothes dryers, barbeque grills, gas ovens/ranges, generators and fumes from car exhaust. The best defense against CO is prevention and alarms. Let's take a look.
The best defense against CO poisoning is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some prevention measures you can take to keep yourself and your family safe this winter.
If you or your family begin to experience symptoms of potential CO poisoning, take all people and pets and leave the home immediately. Once out of the home, call for help from the fire department/911. They can help determine if there is a CO leak in your home and where it is coming from. Do not re-enter the home until emergency responders tell you it is safe to do so. This might include waiting until after essential repairs can be made to gas lines, appliances, water heaters, HVAC or other systems in the home. CO poisoning can be deadly and with the increased furnace and heating use in the winter, this time of year is especially dangerous. If you suspect you might be experiencing symptoms of a CO leak, don't delay as time is of the essence. From all of us at Carolina Comfort Systems, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday and winter season.
Heat pumps can often ice up during particularly cold weather. In most cases, this is not an issue to be concerned with. As the heat pump warms the air to distribute to your home, condensation can form on the coils that then freezes or causes a frost. Heat pumps have a built-in defrost cycle to combat this frosting action. The heat pump works in cycles, including the defrost cycle that should automatically switch on to ensure normal operation of the unit.
How can you tell when an iced up heat pump is a problem? Here are some ways to tell you have a frosty problem brewing with your heat pump:
There are some common reasons why heat pumps ice up or freeze up. These reasons include:
There are very few things you can do to troubleshoot a frozen heat pump. These troubleshooting measures include:
With the exception of a dirty filter or debris stuck in the fan on the outdoor unit, there isn't much you can directly do to fix a frozen heat pump. The best thing to do is call your HVAC specialist at Carolina Comfort Systems to come out and check the unit operation and diagnose the problem.
When the temperature drops, your HVAC system goes to work keeping your home warm and comfortable. But how can you tell if there is a problem brewing? Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, there are a common set of issues that can crop up when the temperature drops. Here are the top 7 most common cold weather heating problems and possible causes.
Right now, as fall and winter weather approaches is the optimal time to have your HVAC professionally tuned-up and serviced. Regularly scheduled tune-ups keep your HVAC system working as effectively as possible and also helps prevent a breakdown by finding small problems before they become major issues. Check out some of the core services your HVAC tune-up includes.
Your HVAC tune-up will include an inspection of several areas and servicing of many moving parts. Here are just a few of the things that take place during an HVAC tune-up.
A professional tune-up improves the function of your HVAC system and increases energy efficiency which can reduce your utility bills and the cost of heating or cooling your home. Proper maintenance also helps reduce wear and tear by keeping moving parts lubricated, your system clean and all switches and connections tight and secure. A regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC tune-ups also helps increase the lifespan of your system. If you haven't scheduled your HVAC tune-up yet, give Carolina Comfort Systems a call and we will take care of all of your HVAC tune-up needs and give you the peace of mind that your system is in good working condition for the winter temperatures.