“I’ve seen heat exchangers with cracks and holes in them. Of course that’s a carbon monoxide danger," said Roy Henderson, a technician over at J.E. Shekell.
Carbon monoxide is that tasteless, colorless gas that kills people.
If you neglect to take care of your HVAC system this is what could happen.
“I’ve lost some friends to carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s not a good time," Henderson said. "It’s devastating.”
That is why technicians say it is important to make sure nothing in your system is failing.
“We look at the filters, make sure the the air filters are clean. Look at the gas pressure to make sure the gas pressure is correct to make sure we get maximum efficiency out of the heat that’s being used to heat the home," Henderson said. "And we check all the venting to make sure there’s no danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Inspecting the burners and heat exchangers is also important.
“If there is possibly come coercion, I advise customers to make sure their carbon monoxide detector is working.
If you have a programmable thermostat, but you’re leaving home for the day with extreme chills outside, experts at J.E. Shekell say to only lower your thermostat by a few degrees, so that it saves you on your energy bill and your home is still warm when you return.
“Don’t set it back too far because then it just takes more time and energy for the home to be at a comfortable level," Henderson said. "So, just set it back 2- 3 degrees.”
Don’t forget to check your garden hose and your vents.
“It's one more thing to keep your utilities bill down is you want to keep the outside cold air from coming inside and one of the main culprits is this little vent right here in the foundation," Henderson said. "It’s important in the winter time to get these things closed so it doesn’t rob your home of all it’s heat and energy.”
For those who feel overwhelmed about keeping their home up to winter weather standards, technicians say they’ll take the reigns.
Over at J.E. Shekell, they even have a brand new app you can use.
“Through the app they’ll be able to schedule appointments," said president Kevin Shekell. "They can take picture of their systems and keep records of it on the app."