Sealing your home tightly does wonders for your utility bills and help to protect the environment but it does have one potential downside, the potential build up of carbon monoxide. An odorless and colorless gas, CO can build up in your home to hazardous levels without you being aware of it. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your family from CO dangers by understanding the primary sources.
Fuel Burning Heat Sources
Anything that consumes fuel in your home, a furnace, water heater, non-electric stove, or space heater, can be a source of carbon monoxide. To be sure of reducing the CO dangers in your home, all furnaces and other fuel burning heat sources should be thoroughly checked by a professional at least once a year.
Charcoal and Generators
Charcoal should never be burned inside the home of even where large amounts of the smoke its burning creates can find its way into your home or any other enclosed area. Generators also produce a large amount of carbon monoxide and should never be run inside your home or any other enclosed space even if you believe they are properly vented.
While it is unlikely that you will be tempted to run your car in your home, care should be taken when starting your vehicle in your garage. A garage that is attached to your home may leak CO into your home. You should always open the door to the garage before starting the car, whether it is attached to your home or not, to prevent the build up of hazardous levels of CO gas.
Aside from proper maintenance of your fuel burning appliances, the best way to protect you and your family from CO dangers is to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Like a smoke detector, this will sound the alarm if CO levels get too high.
To find out more about reducing the CO dangers in your home or to schedule an appointment for a technician to come and inspect your fuel burning appliances, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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 CO dangers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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