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Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Important for your Home

Published on: March 30, 2019
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Often referred to as the silent killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the biggest threats people can face inside their homes. Although most homeowners install fire alarms in their homes, not all of them install carbon monoxide detectors as well. Taking a moment to educate yourself a bit about CO and understand why it’s essential that you have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home might save your life.

What Produces CO?

There are several things in your home that can produce carbon monoxide, the odorless, tasteless, toxic gas. Fireplaces, gas dryers, gas stoves, automobiles, gas water heaters, and furnaces are all sources of CO. If these appliances are broken, malfunctioning, not vented properly, or otherwise defective, they can leak this toxic gas into your home.

What are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths in the US, making it essential that you know how to recognize the symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of CO poisoning include weakness, dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, vomiting, nausea, headache, and loss of consciousness. If you think you are suffering from CO poisoning, seek medical attention ASAP.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Other than properly maintaining your appliances, water heater and HVAC system, one of the best things you can do to prevent CO poisoning; is to install a CO detector in your home. We suggest you install a carbon monoxide detector in every level of your home. We also recommend installing it near any fuel-burning appliances. If your CO detector sounds, evacuate the premises immediately and call 911.

If you need help deciding which CO detectors are right for your home or determining where to place them; a quick Google search can guide the way. You can also have your HVAC professional install CO monitors when they are performing your yearly HVAC system tune-up. Just make sure to let them know you would like CO detectors installed when you make the appointment. This way they will make sure they have adequate numbers of CO monitors on the van. While they are performing routine maintenance on your HVAC system, they can install your new CO detectors. HVAC professionals can help you make sure you (and your family) are protected from harmful CO.