Take Steps to Find Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Take Steps to Find Carbon Monoxide ExposureIf you have any fuel powered appliances in your home you might be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide exposure can be deadly. Here are some life saving tips and information:

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

It’s colorless, it’s odorless gas that is a result of partial combustion due to insufficient oxygen amounts. For those reasons, carbon monoxide is known as the “invisible killer.” The incomplete burning of various fuels produces CO. If you have products or appliances that burn any of the following fuels, CO is being produced in your home:

  • Coal
  • Charcoal
  • Wood
  • Kerosene
  • Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Propane
  • Natural gas

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Remember, you cannot see, smell, taste, hear or feel carbon monoxide. Look out for the following symptoms as they may be indicators of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of consciousness

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Install CO alarms – Carbon monoxide alarms detect levels of CO within the vicinity and issue a loud auditory alarm when CO rises to a dangerous level. CO alarms come with various options. Do the research to find which is best for you. There are some CO alarms that give you real time monitoring capabilities so that you can insure your family and pets stay safe, as even non-lethal levels of carbon monoxide have been shown to be bad for your health.

HVAC inspection – At least once a year it is a good idea to have an HVAC pro come out and inspect all of your appliances. He will be able to insure that your heating sources are operating properly and he can replace any parts or appliances that are not up to par.

Energy audit – An energy audit can help prevent carbon monoxide exposure as well. An energy audit can save you money by showing you where you are losing energy though faulty appliances or gaps in your home. It will also reveal whether faulty appliances or car exhaust from your attached garage are leaking CO into your home.

Contact Powers Heating and Air today! We can help insure your home is safe.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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