The Silent Killer; its name is ominous and the potential consequences from carbon monoxide poisoning are terrifying, but what’s it really all about? And what can you do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning to protect your family?
The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide; also known as the silent killer, is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can potentially die from. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include a dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness. Physical symptoms are the only warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, and it’s very possible that you will lose consciousness before you leave your home, especially if you’re asleep.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Enter into Your Home in Charlotte?
There are several ways carbon monoxide can show up in your home. Carbon monoxide is created whenever fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) are burned incompletely. Anything used in the home that burns these fuels has the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.
Generators used too close to the home, in the garage, or near an open window or vents are a common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Cars running in the garage are another source. You should never run your automobile inside your garage with the door closed.
But what about inside your home? Unfortunately, everyday heating appliances can be the source of a carbon monoxide leak and must be properly ventilated. Boilers, water heaters, and fireplaces all burn fossil fuels and are potentially dangerous.
Your gas furnace may be a potential source of carbon monoxide. As furnaces age, they have the potential to develop cracks in their heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger releases carbon monoxide into air circulated through the vents in your home. Make sure to have a trained HVAC technician inspect your furnace every year. Air Agents Heating & Cooling can check your furnace for you, but your best bet is to have an energy savings agreement. We come out twice a year to service your system for both cooling and heating. It will ensure your family is safe and warm this winter.
What Can You Do to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Make sure your home’s heat sources are properly ventilated and keep to a maintenance plan for your furnace.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on every floor of your home and located outside each sleeping area as well. Detectors are fairly inexpensive, can be plugged in or mounted to the wall, and should last between five and seven years.
If your carbon monoxide detector’s alarm sounds, get your family and yourself outside into the fresh air and call your fire department.
So What is the Best Carbon Monoxide Alarm for your Charlotte home?
Now that you’ve read about carbon monoxide and how you can prevent it, you may be wondering what type of alarm is best. There are quite a few options, ranging from those that can be plugged into those that are mounted to the wall. Before you buy such an important item for your home, you should always do your research and look for recalls but there are a few detectors that have been chosen as top-rated carbon monoxide alarms for 2019. Here is a link to Safety.com that rates the top carbon monoxide detectors for 2019. Three alarms we found to be popular and had great features were by Ring, Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm and the First Alert Combination Alarm. All are mounted to your ceiling (where you would have a smoke alarm) and detects both carbon monoxide and smoke. In order to use Ring, you must have their security kit as well. The Nest requires an internet connection and sends reports directly to your phone. The Kiddie Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Detector is the top-rated choice for an alarm that plugs into the wall.
Make sure to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning and install detectors throughout your home. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to one of the experts at Air Agents Heating & Cooling.