Test Your Home for Carbon Monoxide When You Schedule a Service Visit
Many of the homes in Southern California have attached garages or use natural gas for cooking, heating and drying. The byproduct of combustion from your vehicle or appliances is carbon monoxide, and a test for carbon monoxide (CO) can keep your family safer. Air-Tro, Inc. is offering a free CO test when we come to your home for a service or maintenance visit.
All homes that have combustion appliances, fireplaces or attached garages in California have to have CO detectors. CO has no odor or color. It quickly replaces oxygen in the blood. In high enough levels, it’s lethal and in lower levels, CO leads to health problems, especially in the very young, elderly, pregnant women and those with heart disease. The CO detectors indoors tell you when the levels are dangerous, but if you’re living with CO-emitting appliances continually, you could be endangering your health, which is why we’re making the test for carbon monoxide available.
CO coming from an attached garage occurs when you drive your car in or back it out and CO can drift in when you mow the lawn or barbecue outdoors. These events are less of a problem, since they’re not frequent occurrences, compared to using a gas water heater, clothes dryer or gas range during the summer when your home is closed to keep the heat outside.
When less fresh air comes inside, the levels of CO increase. They’ll trip the alarm when they reach dangerous levels, but you may be breathing lower levels day and night without knowing it. A professional carbon monoxide test identifies if you have CO issues in your home coming from a single source. If you do have an appliance that is a problem, you can take steps to fix it to protect your family’s well being and safety.
If you’d like to learn more about the test for carbon monoxide and the importance of service and maintenance for your cooling system, contact Air-Tro, Inc. We’ve provided trusted HVAC services in the Pasadena area and much of Southern California for since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Pasadena, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
Image courtesy of Shutterstock