Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Are You at Risk?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is dangerous because it is odorless and colorless so it is difficult to monitor without a detection device. Are you at risk? The CDC states,
“Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning not linked to fires, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.“
In your HVAC system specifically, your furnace burns fuel (natural gas or propane) to heat your home. This action causes your furnace to emit CO as a byproduct. Every furnace is designed to exhaust CO out of the home. If your furnace is ancient, has components that need repairs, or is oversized for your living space it could be leeching CO and possibly into your home. If you don’t have a CO detector in every floor of your home you should be looking for the following symptoms of CO poisoning with your family members:
What are the best practices for preventing this in your home? First you should ensure that you have a CO detector on every floor of your home with fresh batteries. Here a list of quality models available:
Next you need have your current system inspected and serviced by a technician with every change in season. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your system inspected or sign up for our VIP Priority Club Membership and we will take care of you.