Homeowner’s Guide: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning & Prevention

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Every year, approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized due to accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Because CO is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it’s almost impossible to detect it with our senses. It can kill you before you know it.

But with the right knowledge, this deadly gas is entirely preventable. Read on to learn more!

What Causes Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

Running a car’s engine in an enclosed space or any household appliances that use gas, oil, coal, and wood are potential sources of CO. This happens when the fuel is not burned thoroughly.

Why is CO so Dangerous?

In reality, it only becomes harmful when breathed. Why? It replaces oxygen in the blood and interferes with the transport of oxygen needed by our body. It deprives your heart, brain, tissues, and other vital organs of oxygen. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to loss of consciousness, suffocation, or DEATH if left unattended in a confined area.

How to Recognize CO Poisoning

A few of the most common symptoms are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea or vomiting, chest pain, vision problems, confusion and drowsiness, and irregular heartbeat and chest pain. You may also experience “flu-like” symptoms.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • If you have a fireplace or devices that use gas, oil, coal, and wood, or in doubt of harmful gas leaks, consider installing CO detectors in your home. Make sure to maintain these devices regularly for best performance.
  • Perform regular HVAC maintenance. Have your comfort system, water heater, and any other appliances serviced by a professional to make sure they operate within the safety levels and without the risk of leaks and CO poisoning.
  • Keep vents and ducts free of debris. Keep your home ventilation working at all times especially during the winter or after a storm.
  • Avoid running your car’s engine in a closed space. Proper ventilation is absolutely critical to avoid CO poisoning. Remember, even if you leave the garage door up or some windows open, gas can quickly build up to toxic levels.

Guarantee the safety of your family and protect what’s precious to you by getting rid of the silent killer (carbon monoxide). One way to prevent CO poisoning is to keep your comfort system working at the utmost efficiency.

If you need help in maintaining your system, our expert HVAC technicians at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can handle the job right. Call us for residential and commercial HVAC services in Rockwall, TX, and surrounding areas.