Indoor Air Quality
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Carbon monoxide (CO) is pretty scary stuff. It is invisible, colorless and odorless. It is undetectable by humans. Even worse, it is extremely harmful, causing severe illness and death. Perhaps worst of all, it is produced by some things we do every day, like heating our homes and mowing the lawn. In order to avoid the health risks associated with this deadly gas, the best solution is to equip your home with a carbon monoxide detector.
How CO Gets In Your Home
Carbon monoxide is not rare, and in very low concentrations it is not harmful, so there is often some negligible amount present in the air. It’s when the air becomes too densely concentrated with CO that your family’s health is at risk.
Some possible sources of increased CO levels in your home may include:
- A dirty or clogged chimney
- An improperly sealed gas or oil furnace
- Improper ventilation when using tools or machinery, such as in the garage
- Lack of air exchange between the home and outside
Any of these can contribute to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, potentially paving the way for you or your family to become ill.
The Dangers of CO
As mentioned above, carbon monoxide is potentially deadly. One estimate by the United States Consumer Product Safety Division reports that over 150 Americans die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning, which does not include poisoning caused by automobiles.
The effects of CO poisoning may not be immediately obvious, as they can build up and progress over time, and the symptoms may look like something less serious. In short, carbon monoxide is an unfortunate but very real risk for homeowners.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The good news is that there is a very simple and affordable solution to potential CO poisoning. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home keeps your family safe. The alarm will alert you if concentration of the gas has risen to an unsafe level, giving you time to evacuate and fix the leak before it causes any health problems.
Many modern smoke detectors include technology to detect carbon monoxide, so you only need to purchase, install and maintain one device. These combination devices can literally be lifesavers in your home, and at an extremely affordable cost.
With proper maintenance of your CO detector, it really can be that easy to keep your family safe and healthy.
The sun is setting earlier, the temperatures have started to fall and depending on where you live, you may have even seen flakes of snow start to fly. That means that winter is very nearly upon us, and heating season is about to begin – if it hasn’t already.
That also means that if you have not gotten an annual tune up of your heating system, time is running short to get it done. In case you need some reminders about why that is so important, read on to learn more.
The Tune Up
When a professional comes to your home to do annual maintenance on your HVAC system, you may wonder just what he is up to. Usually, it is just routine tasks. He will do a general inspection, tighten connections, check lines to make sure they are moving freely, lubricate any moving parts and clean the parts that get dirty easily, like filters, fans and vents.
Also, if there are any parts that need to be replaced during this time, he will take care of that as well.
That all seems simple enough, so why is it so important? There are several reasons, such as:
- Replacing worn parts early prevents major breakdowns later, such as in the middle of winter. Being without heat in the chilly midst of January while you wait for a repairman to make it through the snow is no fun.
- Tightening, lubricating and cleaning the various components of your heating system helps keep the whole system running smoothly and efficiently. This means your home is as warm as it can be, and your family is comfortable and happy.
- Routine maintenance extends the life of your heating system, so you can avoid dropping big money on a replacement as long as possible.
- You save money, not only on the replacement costs we just mentioned, but also on monthly bills and future repair costs.
When you look at all those benefits together, it only seems natural to have your heating system inspected and tuned up. The sooner, the better, so give a call to local professional today.
That way, you can be warm all winter long and rest easy knowing that your heating system is in great shape.