Every year, carbon monoxide (CO) claims over five hundred lives in the United States. It also causes quite a bit of illness – upwards of thirty-thousand people per year.
It can be easy to be afraid of carbon monoxide dangers, but it is more important to make sure that you and your family are safe. CO is an odorless and colorless gas that is produced by natural gas and other fuels.
So should you be concerned about carbon monoxide in your home?
Yes. That does not, however, mean that you need to live in fear at home. All that it means is that you need to take the proper steps to make sure that your home will not be subject to a carbon monoxide leak without your knowledge.
Culprits Of Carbon Monoxide Sources In The Home
While there are multiple causes of carbon monoxide leaks, HVAC systems, along with gas stoves, are major producers of CO and require regular check-ups and maintenance.
The best way to prevent and stop a CO leak is to make sure that your cooling and heating system (whether gas, oil or even a space heater) is operating properly by having a certified professional inspect your system.
A professional carbon monoxide inspection of a HVAC system will reveal any leaks, allowing homeowners the chance to be aware of any danger in their homes and to get the leaks fixed.
Importance Of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You should definitely invest in a carbon monoxide detector. These detectors are relatively inexpensive, yet can play an invaluable role in you and your family’s safely, by making sure that you are aware of any carbon monoxide leaks. Remember, carbon monoxide is both odorless and colorless, so there is no way for you to detect it on your own. If you want to make sure that your detector is actually helpful, make sure that you regularly change the batteries to ensure that the unit is always working.
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