As a homeowner, it is important to be aware of the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO). CO exposure puts your health and well-being in immediate danger, even in small concentrations. Take steps to educate your family on what CO is and how to protect yourselves against it. Are you looking for an HVAC technician Monrovia?
About Carbon Monoxide
CO is closely related to carbon dioxide, a largely harmless chemical. During combustion reactions, carbon dioxide is usually formed. However, when insufficient oxygen is present during the reaction, CO is formed instead.
In terms of your home, the most realistic situations where CO will be formed are when you operate fuel-burning equipment in enclosed areas (like a garage) or if a fuel-burning appliance is damaged or poorly maintained.
Preventing CO Exposure
It is important to take care when operating fuel-burning equipment. Take stock of all the potential CO-creating equipment that you have. Many homes have cars, lawn mowers, gas furnaces, gas water heaters and possibly gas stoves. In the future, wait until you get out in the open before operating your lawn mower, and open your garage door before starting your car.
When it comes to gas-powered appliances and HVAC equipment, you can’t exactly use them outside. This means that it is vital to regularly inspect and perform maintenance on these pieces of equipment. If you are not sure how to do this, contact an HVAC technician in Monrovia to do the work for you or teach you.
If you do all of the above, you’ll reduce your chances of CO exposure, but there are still ways for CO to enter your home. Buy and install at least one CO detector per level of your home, preferably in an open area like a hallway. They will monitor and alert you if the level of CO gets dangerous. Leave the home immediately and call the fire department if you hear the alarm. If you need help preparing your Pasadena home against CO, contact the experts at Air-Tro Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Monrovia, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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