Carbon Monoxide Detectors
At the end of the day, nothing matters more than the health and safety of you and your family. We often go to great lengths to ensure that the food we eat is healthy, the exercise we get is sufficient and the trips we take to the doctor are often enough to stave-off any potential health issues. When was the last time, though, that you took a closer look at your living environment? Many people don’t realize that they’re at risk for one of the most dangerous home hazards there is: carbon monoxide (CO).
At Excel Heating and Cooling, we place a huge amount of importance on ensuring that our Harrisonburg, VA customers are living in safe, healthy homes. This is why CO detectors are our October Indoor Air Quality Product of the Month. If you don’t already have one in your home, there’s no better time than now to change that.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide—also referred to as CO—is a colorless, odorless gas that is poisonous and can even be deadly in many cases. CO is produced when fuels such as coal, charcoal, wood, oil and kerosene among others are burned incompletely. Many people don’t realize just how much CO-producing equipment they’re around on a daily basis, including furnaces, charcoal grills, automobiles, gas dryers and more. While most CO-producing equipment is safe when operated properly, issues can occur, especially when the equipment isn’t maintained properly, that allow carbon monoxide to flood the living space.
Signs & Symptoms of CO Issues
Each year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people in the United States end up getting sick via accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. For approximately 500 of these people, death is the unfortunate result and often occurs within their own homes. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Mental confusion
- Shortness of breath
In severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, more obvious symptoms may present themselves. Loss of muscular coordination and consciousness can occur, shortly followed by sudden death.
The Solution? CO Detectors
Because carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, it can be impossible to know whether or not CO is present based on our senses alone. To really avoid CO issues, it’s best to install a CO detector. These units are capable of sensing the presence of the poisonous gas before dangerously high levels are reached. Just like a smoke alarm, CO detectors help to alert any occupants of the home of sudden danger so they can escape before it’s too late.
There are a number of different types of CO detectors, including ones that run on either batteries or household current. The team of Comfort Advisors at Excel Heating and Cooling can help to determine exactly which detector is right for your home, and we’ll work to ensure that the danger of CO never affects the health and safety of you or your family.