Winter Heating Precautions-Carbon Monoxide

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations is recommending you get your homes heating system checked by a licensed contractor for carbon monoxide and other leaks and issues.

Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless and is deadly in high concentrations. A leak in your heating system could prove deadly if it comes into your homes living spaces

The TDLR advises using a licensed contractor that uses the department’s website and notes that the contractor should be checking for certain aspects of heating systems, including air handler and furnace, checking gas connection for leaks, improperly operating gas connections for fire hazard, and health concerns.

Also checking gas pressure and proper burner combustion for heat pumps and electric heat systems, like checking the heating cycle and reversing valve operation and checking electric heat strips for proper operation when the system is energized.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a dull headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, and other flu-like symptoms.

For more information on carbon monoxide prevention and safe heating practices go to the CDC website