Facts About Carbon Monoxide - Testing & Monitoring
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be emitted by home appliances and can cause illness and death. Public awareness of the danger of carbon monoxide has increased due to newspaper headlines such as, Six Dead From Carbon Monoxide! and Carbon Monoxide Sends Mother and Sons to Hospital! Many homeowners and people alike have purchased carbon monoxide monitors for this reason.
Low levels of carbon monoxide have been shown to be dangerous to all especially those with heart and lung disease, the elderly, pregnant woman, unborn children and children. Carbon monoxide poisoning produces flu-like symptoms, headache, sore throat, rapid heart beats, memory loss, thinking difficulties, and sensitivity to light, sound, smell, etc. Out of approximately 12,000 patients in the U.S. each year with flu-like symptoms, about 2,000 of them are thought to actually be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Most of which could have probably been avoided with proper detection.
Carbon monoxide can come from many different sources, including heating systems, stoves, fireplaces, and water heaters. Since the standard carbon monoxide monitor can not detect the low levels of carbon monoxide that these appliances can produce, the detection process of a Certified Analyst is critical.
Most commercial carbon monoxide detectors are designed to detect concentrations of CO above 70 ppm (parts per million), yet prolonged exposure to concentrations of as little as 9 ppm can cause adverse health effects. In many homes, a "negative pressure" situation exists that prevents CO from escaping normally from the house.
At Air Craft Heating & Air Conditioning, is a CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY SPECIALIST that knows that carbon monoxide concentrations as low as 9 parts per million can adversely effect your health (most carbon monoxide detectors have a sensitivity to concentrations above 70 ppm). Additionally, in many
Colorado homes "negative pressure" exists that prevents CO from escaping normally.
We test the air and appliances in your home and install fan-assisted combustion air delivery equipment to correct any pressure imbalances.
If you are looking for an indoor air quality contractor for your Boulder County home please call us today at 303-800-HEAT(4328) or complete our online service request form.
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