Idling cars, lawn mowers, grass trimmers and other tools produce combustion gases such as carbon monoxide (CO). There are three key ways to protect your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide in your garage: eliminate, isolate and ventilate.
Eliminate the sources of CO
The best way to eliminate carbon monoxide in your home is to have a detached garage. However, because of the conveniences associated with having a garaged attached to your home, you may still choose this option. You can still eliminate CO sources with these tips:
- Never let your car or other gas-powered tools idle in the garage.
- Never start the car or other tools with the garage door closed.
- Store paint, solvents, fertilizers and chemicals in airtight containers.
Isolate the fumes from the rest of your home
The best way to do this is to seal the garage off from the rest of your home. Install gaskets in electrical outlets and use airtight drywall techniques. Seal and insulate ductwork that runs through the garage, and install a self-closing, insulated door between the garage and your home.
Ventilate combustion gases to the outside
An efficient way to ventilate your garage is to install a passive roof vent. This helps ensure the garage remains at a negative pressure compared to your home. That way, if air travels between the garage and your home, it travels outward rather than inward. If necessary, you may also install a powered exhaust fan to actively draw carbon monoxide from the garage to the exterior.
Far too many homes approach or exceed the EPA’s recommended carbon monoxide exposure due to fumes generated in the attached garage. These tips should help eliminate the problem. To learn more, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in Grand Traverse County today. Our experience dates back to 1980.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about carbon monoxide and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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