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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide is a gas that, when concentrated in your home, can cause serious medical issues. The gas is generated by many of the gas-powered appliances in your home but proper venting ensures that the gas is moved out of the home. The CDC reports that nearly 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year with signs of CO poisoning. Having a working carbon monoxide detector in your home will help detect this colorless, odorless gas before it is too late. Here are a few ways that carbon monoxide can creep its way into your home.

Gas Heating Systems

Your furnace consumes gas to heat your home, and when the burn process takes place, carbon monoxide is produced. Part of a routine furnace inspection is to make sure the furnace is venting properly. If the venting becomes blocked or clogged, the gases cannot escape.

Stoves and Ovens

If the stove in your kitchen is fueled by natural gas, there is a risk that your stove is not efficiently handling the byproduct of burning the gas.

Gas Powered Water Heaters

Just like a furnace, a water heater that uses gas must be properly vented. Since most water heaters are located in the center of the home, the vent pipe must reach outside of the home. Always check for debris, nests and even animals to keep your vent pipes clear.

Outdoor Grills

Outdoor grills give off a tremendous amount of heat which is why you should use them away from your house. Gas or Charcoal grills both produce carbon monoxide and should be kept away from open doors or windows.

Motor Vehicles

For homes that have garages under the dwelling, carbon monoxide produced by your car can seep up through the floors. Never leave a running vehicle in the garage that is attached to or under your home.

Fireplaces

A fireplace is another potential source of carbon monoxide. Whether it is wood-burning or gas log fireplace, the emissions that are given off can accumulate.

A CO detector can help detect leaks from any of these scenarios. You can find a carbon monoxide detector at your local home improvement store near the smoke alarms. Just like smoke alarms, CO detectors should be tested regularly. If the carbon monoxide detector is battery powered, set a reminder for yourself to change the batteries every six months.

If your carbon monoxide detector goes off regularly, you may have a leak. Since the furnace is potentially the biggest producer of carbon monoxide in your home, call Atlas Butler to inspect your system and ensure that everything is venting correctly.

 

 

March 28th, 2020|HVAC Topics, Improve Your Indoor Air Quality|

Tips for Improving Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

AC Service Tips For Your Home

With warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s time to think about turning on your AC. But before you do so, it’s a good idea to have your air conditioning system checked out to make sure it’s running at its full potential. You don’t want for the hot summer months to roll around, and you’re facing a too-warm house and astronomical energy bills. The HVAC professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can check your AC system to make sure it’s operating at peak capacity and efficiency before the temperatures outdoors soar. Staying on top of these common air conditioner problems can extend the life of your system and keep you cool during Central Ohio’s hot summer months.

  1. Low refrigerant level. Refrigerant is the substance that cools the air as it flows from the AC unit through the ducts into your house. If the refrigerant level is low and needs a recharge, you’ll definitely notice it. For starters, it won’t feel very cool inside your home and the AC will run for longer and longer cycles. This causes increased utility bills — it’s a chain reaction. Leaks are nearly always the cause of low refrigerant levels, and this is not a repair that you want to attempt yourself. Atlas Butler’s licensed technicians will find the leaks and repair them.
  2. Insulation. The pipes attached to your AC unit should be insulated. Insulation keeps pipes cooler and also protects them from the elements, as well as condensation, which can cause numerous cooling system performance. Your service professional from Atlas Butler will check the insulation around your AC’s pipes and remove or rotted sections and replace them.
  3. Leaks. We’ve touched on refrigerant leaks, but they are not something to gloss over. Low levels of refrigerant can damage your AC system, not to mention that your home isn’t being cooled properly. Refrigerant that drips your AC unit is extremely toxic and can damage the environment. There are several ways that your Atlas Butler plumber can check for leaks, but the most common is the use of an electronic leak detector, which has a high degree of accuracy. The repair will depend on the location of the leak and could range from completely replacing the coil to fixing part of a damaged pipe.
  4. Airflow imbalance. Are there rooms in your house that feel cooler (or warmer) than others? If so, it may be a symptom of unbalanced airflow. Atlas Butler can help you with that by checking the ductwork and making sure that it’s not clogged by dust and dirt or have any leaks. We use square footage to calculate how much airflow is needed for each room. Fixes could be easy as adjusting the returns and registers throughout your house by adjusting the dampers in your ductwork.

If your AC is due for its annual safety check up and cleaning, contact Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling at 614-681-2167 or schedule an appointment online.

Your call will be answered by a live voice 24/7, and with our Same-Day Comfort Pledge, we’ll be there that day. We have the largest fleet and crew in the Central Ohio area, fully stocked trucks and access to parts 24 hours a day. That means we can get the parts needed to get your AC back up and running quickly.

In the event that your AC unit is not repairable, we also provide AC installation services. Our service technicians are trained to install the new unit. All of our work is backed by a two-year, 100% money-back guarantee.

March 9th, 2020|A/C, ac maintenance, HVAC Topics|