Carbon monoxide or CO might be the most dangerous gases that can affect the household. It’s odorless, colorless, and can be emitted by a number of appliances such as stoves, furnaces, gas ranges, and more. Currently, there is a small amount in your house, naturally, that is not harmful, however, if more gets produced there’s no way of knowing until it can become dangerous. The safest way to detect high carbon monoxide is with a detector and paying attention to symptoms you may have. Here’s what you need to know:
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on how much is in the air and how long you’ve been affected by it. Mild symptoms include
- Having trouble concentrating
- Impaired Vision
If the CO increases throughout the house or building symptoms can get worse including
- Rapid breathing
- Chest pains
- Loss of consciousness
- And even death
What should you do if you have symptoms?
If your symptoms are severe, get to an emergency room for medical attention. When you’re able to return home, open up every door and window you can in the house and make sure all combustible appliances are off. If you can, contact someone to do this while you’re seeking medical attention to reduce the amount of CO in the house as soon as possible. Call in a professional HVAC company to inspect the system for any leaks that might have caused the CO to build up. You might need to have anything that burns fuel inspected as will including water heaters, gas stoves, dryers, fireplaces, and more.
What can you do to prevent CO poisoning from happening?
The first step to take is to have any system that burns fuel inspected regularly. Once a year will be sufficient. It’s extremely important to have the system inspected if it hasn’t been used for a while. For example, when you need to use the fireplace or heating system for winter.
The next line of defense is to have CO monitors installed around the house. They will look similar to your smoke alarms. In fact, there are smoke and CO detector combos you can install since they tend to go in the same areas. You can order them online or get them from your local home improvement store.
If you suspect your home has a carbon monoxide problem or you want your system inspected don’t wait! Contact A1 Comfort and Heating today!