Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that carbon monoxide poisoning kills 400 Americans every year and sends another 20,000 to the hospital? The main cause: leaking home furnaces or boilers – including gas and oil furnaces, gas and oil boilers – and even wood fireplaces and wood pellet stoves.
How does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and very deadly byproduct of burning fuel to heat your home. Even small leaks in your boiler or furnace can expose you and your family to a deadly amount of carbon monoxide. Furnace problems that could cause carbon monoxide poisoning include:
· Cracks in the combustion chamber
· Leaking seams
· Cracks in the exhaust piping
· Incomplete combustion process
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Many who have survived carbon monoxide poisoning compare the feeling to being sick with the flu. The symptoms may include any of the following:
· Physical weakness
· Chest pain
Losing consciousness close to the source of the carbon monoxide leak often results in death.
How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
In addition to having your furnace serviced by an HVAC professional prior to the cold weather setting in, it’s also important to place carbon monoxide detectors around your house. In fact, carbon monoxide detectors are as essential to your safety as smoke detectors. These electronic devices emit noise when they detect an excessive amount of carbon monoxide.
Since carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, detectors are the only way to reveal the dangerous gas. However, as previously mentioned, detectors sound when they detect an excessive amount of carbon monoxide – but they can fail to detect smaller, yet still potent levels of carbon monoxide. And chronic exposure to those low levels can still lead to the same dangerous and life-threatening symptoms as acute exposure that is detectable. In other words, your furnace could be leaking carbon monoxide into your home for weeks – and your detectors could completely miss it.
Call Blackall Mechanical today!
The only way to be 100% sure that you and your family are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning is to schedule an inspection and tune-up of your furnace by an HVAC specialist. At Blackall Mechanical, our professional technicians will thoroughly inspect your furnace to help ensure that it’s working properly with no risk of leakage.
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