Most dangers posed to your Phoenix and Scottsdale area home are ones you can see, but there’s a silent danger which may be lurking in your home, affecting the health and safety of your family. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of materials. The most common sources of carbon monoxide in the home are unvented gas and kerosene heaters, leaky furnaces and chimneys, gas water heaters, wood and gas stoves, automobile exhaust leaking into your home from the garage and back-draft from furnaces. The Scottsdale AC home safety experts at Wolff Mechanical recommend utilizing Carbon monoxide detectors
Since you can’t smell or see carbon monoxide, the best way to protect your family is to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. These easily installed monitors help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which may present itself with flu-like symptoms such as dizziness and nausea. In cases of severe exposure, death is possible.
There’s usually some carbon monoxide present in the average home. These levels vary from 0.5 to 15 parts per million (ppm). The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sets the threshold for exposure to 35 ppm in an eight-hour period. Homes with faulty appliances and heaters may have levels over 30 ppm, which poses great risk to your family’s health.
While preventative air conditioning maintenance technicians will help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure, carbon monoxide detectors are one way to be sure your family is safe. The best models have an alarm which is triggered when levels rise above what’s accepted. Look for models which have a battery backup in case the power goes off. This will make sure your family is protected even if a storm knocks out the power. Place carbon monoxide detectors on all levels of your home and outside of bedrooms. By installing detectors in your home, you’re taking an important step to protect your family’s safety and health.
For more information about carbon monoxide detectors, contact the pros at Wolff Mechanical. We’re proud to serve homeowners in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.
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