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The Truth About Carbon Monoxide

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Tasteless, colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by almost every fuel-burning appliance, including furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, grills and gas space heaters. When something goes wrong with the equipment or the venting, CO becomes one of America’s most deadly household hazards.

Here are 5 things every homeowner should know about CO and how to guard against it causing a tragedy in your home.

1) Headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, sleepiness, and disorientation are all symptoms of CO poisoning, though a victim may not experience everyone. Unfortunately, these same symptoms are associated with flu, food poisoning, and other afflictions, leading to many misdiagnoses. A cherry red face is a possible sign of CO poisoning.

2) For healthy adults, CO becomes toxic when it reaches a level higher than 35 ppm (parts per million) with continuous exposure over an 8-hour period. This is the maximum exposure tolerated by OSHA.

3) If anyone in your home is experiencing signs of CO poisoning symptoms, vacate the home immediately and notify your local fire or police department. Don’t just open doors and windows because that makes it hard for authorities to determine whether there is a CO problem when they inspect the home.

4) The best place to install CO detectors is outside of bedrooms where family members sleep. The greatest danger from CO occurs when people are asleep and unable to detect any of the symptoms. Installing a detector near a furnace, water heater, or other CO-emitting appliance will likely result in many false alarms.

5) Broken or blocked vents and flues are probably the most common cause of CO buildup. If you see any holes or disconnections or rust stains indicating corrosion, call us immediately. Be sure to put a guard on top of rooftop vents to prevent birds’ nests or other debris from falling into the chimney and blocking the escape of harmful gases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Carbon monoxide kills an average of 374 people each year. Nobody thinks about carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes until it’s too late. A carbon monoxide detector could be the peace of mind you need. Make sure you invest in the right one! Some of the cheaper models don’t detect lower amounts of carbon monoxide which could affect your health or your life.

Ask the Comfort Certified Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning about the carbon monoxide detectors we recommend, and even install in our own homes. Call 801-682-4840 or visit www.TimeForComfort.com today.

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Aaron Mentzer
Aaron Mentzer
11:42 23 Jun 21
Gabriel was very thorough and methodical with his inspection of our A/C system. He shared all of his findings with me, identifying parts or components that were still performing “okay” but that we should keep an eye on. He also was very kind to our son, explaining what he was doing and what tools he was using, and answering various questions about Mario characters :-).
Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
23:24 22 Jun 21
My AC was blowing air but not cold. The temperature in my house was already at 84° In the morning. This was the only company that would come out the same day and within hours of my call. So the company was great at providing service. The technician was very professional and cordial. He was very knowledgeable. He was able to diagnose the issue within a short amount of time. Including the repair. I had cool air within an hour of his arrival. Many thanks to company and tech. Very pleased with experience.
Julie Olsen
Julie Olsen
18:22 22 Jun 21
Jeff was very knowledgeable, he took his time checking the AC unit letting me know what needs to be done.
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