Can you Get Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your AC?

Can you Get Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your AC?

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is nothing to mess around with. It is a colorless, odorless gas that can make you feel nauseous and also causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, and vomiting, kind of like the flu. Sometimes this silent attacker even causes chest pains or is fatal.  Because it’s virtually unnoticeable, carbon monoxide detectors are a great way to be proactive. Even better, take steps to prevent a malfunction in your gas powered HVAC equipment, so you can be doubly protected. 

My AC Doesn’t Run on Gas. Should I Still Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide?

Well the quick and easy answer is no. Since we already pointed out that gas powered devices can allow CO to leak into your home, technically your air conditioning system doesn’t pose a direct threat. However, if your total home comfort system is made up of a gas furnace along with your electric powered AC, you could have cause for concern. If there are any cracks or leaks in the heating portion of your system, you and your loved ones could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense.

We’ve all heard that saying before. Basically, taking the upper hand to prevent even worse problems from happening in the future. In the case of CO poisoning, there are several steps homeowners can take to keep their loved ones safe from potential carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The first step to prevent carbon monoxide leaks is to schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC system. By having a trained professional technician like we employ at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air inspect your system each season, you can have confidence that each component is being tested to ensure it’s operating safely and efficiently. Broken or malfunctioning parts can be repaired or replaced before they cause more serious damage.

Another action you can take is to install carbon monoxide detectors. One unit is good, but to be more protected a unit in every room that’s next to the HVAC system is even better! Like your smoke detector, the batteries should be changed yearly and the units tested monthly to ensure they are functioning properly. 

If You Suspect Your HVAC Is Faulty, Call Dixie Today.

An improperly working HVAC system should never be used. We’re entering the dog days of summer here in Alabama and the health and safety of your loved ones is most important. Just Call Dixie today to schedule an inspection of your air conditioning to ensure that everyone stays cool, healthy and safe for the remainder of this cooling season.