How to Stop Carbon Monoxide in Your Gainesville Home

February 11, 2015

According to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments answer to an average of 72,000 carbon monoxide calls each year. Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas by-product of burnt fuel. It’s most often associated with wood stoves, car engines, and other fire combustion sources such as gas or oil furnaces.

Why is CO awareness so important?

The short answer is that CO awareness is a matter of life and death. CO is tops when ranking leading reasons of accidental poisoning deaths in the US*, and conditions of CO poisoning have been known to be misdiagnosed as the flu, viral infections and prolonged fatigue, among many others. This makes CO poisoning a very serious concern for any Gainesville homeowner. Acute poisoning takes place from intaking large concentrations of CO, but poisoning may also happen gradually over many months or years. Some indicators may include nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and fatigue.

Steps you can take to reduce the CO risk in your Gainesville home?

  1. Buy a CO detector for each room of your home. You can call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to purchase one today.
  2. Batteries should be checked on a consistent basis for existing CO detectors. It's also wise to replace the detector every 3-5 years.
  3. If you experience or have experienced some of the symptoms cited above, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.
  4. Schedule routine gas furnace maintenance annually to guarantee no CO leaks are present at the beginning of heating season. 
  5. If your furnace is approaching the end of its useful life, think about a proactive home furnace replacement service and upgrade to a brand new heating unit. 

*emedicinehealth.com. Prevention information for Carbon Monoxide poisoning may be inaccurate or incomplete; none of these methods guarantee the prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

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