Indoor Air Quality - Home Comfort Blog


Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is very serious and could be easily prevented.  It is referred to the “silent killer” because it is hard to detect due to the lack or odor, being colorless and tasteless. One of the places CO can come from is your furnace. Our technicians are well trained in detecting a leak and it is important to regularly check for CO during your annual HVAC tune-up.

If your family was exposed to CO, symptoms of mild acute poisoning include: lightheadedness, confusion, headache, feeling like the world is spinning, and flu-like effects. Larger exposures can lead to toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and death. After acute poisoning, long-term problems may occur.

Some sources of carbon monoxide in a home might include:

  • A car left running in an attached garage
  • Portable generators
  • Corroded or disconnected water heater vent pipe
  • Portable kerosene or gas heaters
  • Loose or broken vent pipes
  • Improperly installed kitchen range or vent
  • Operating a grill indoors or in a garage
  • Gas or wood-burning fireplace
  • Blocked of clogged chimney
  • Gas or oil furnace

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Here at Peterman, our office manager Kristy often talks about and sends out paperwork concerning carbon monoxide detectors being sold.  Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer in homes.  It’s our responsibility to protect our customers.  It is important that you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home for any gas appliance (furnace, fireplace, water heater, etc.).  Even if you have a carbon monoxide detector currently in your home, please ask your service technician to check their manufacturing date, the life of a Carbon Monoxide detector is average 5 years (some are less than 5 years).

To get your HVAC system tuned up and to check for the “silent killer,” please call us at 317-859-4270. We will schedule you for the soonest appointment available.

 

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Benefits of a Humidifier During the Winter Months

Posted by Chad Peterman on Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Don’t let your guard down — cold season is still in full effect. The combination of Winter’s dry air, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. The best way to combat dry air and reduce your susceptibility to infection is to invest in a humidifier.

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Benefits of Keeping Your Home’s Air Clean with Electronic Air Cleaners

Posted by Chad Peterman on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Using electronic air cleaners to balance the air quality inside your home is very important. Not doing your part to minimize or do away with airborne particles such as dust, pollen, spores, animal dander and waste products can negatively impact your health. To help remove and reduce these forms of home pollution, make use of an electronic air cleaner or EAC.

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HVAC Accessories Can Improve Your Comfort

Posted by Chad Peterman on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HVAC accessories can greatly improve comfort and efficiency, such as thermostats, filters, lamps, humidifiers, and other systems or products designed to improve the function of your furnace and air conditioner. A Peterman HVAC expert can help you choose the right accessories to improve your comfort at home throughout the year.cont-conn-lg

  • Thermostats: Upgrading to a digital programmable thermostat provides greater control over heating and cooling in your home, even when you’re not home. This can help to drastically reduce your heating and cooling bills and improve the quality of your indoor air.

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Prepare for winter with a Furnace Humidifier

Posted by Chad Peterman on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

why we love humidifiersNovember is fast approaching, which means winter will be here before we know it. If winter in your home means dry skin, scratchy throats and lots of static electricity buildup, you may have a problem with low humidity. When you close the windows and turn the heat on in the winter, you begin to reduce the humidity in your home.

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