The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Published October 2013 by

Faulty heating and cooling systems can lead to a potentially fatal buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in a home. Sacramento HVAC specialists can examine home energy systems to minimize your risk of CO poisoning. To reduce this risk, as well as preventing damage to the system or your home, planning a heating and cooling inspection is a sound investment.

The effect of carbon monoxide on the body, as well as detection of high concentrations, is not well understood by most of us. In order to understand the facts about CO and its effects, it is helpful to learn from authoritative sources, like the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Such organizations, and their representatives, speak with a single voice about the inherent dangers of residential carbon monoxide hazards.

Home HVAC units, like all other consumer products and appliances, age and eventually wear out. No matter how wonderful your system is at the time of installation, it, like all things, will come to its natural end. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not pay close attention to the age of their heating and cooling units, and thus run the risk of allowing harmful gas to creep into their homes. Sacramento HVAC specialists are able to inspect all of your systems and determine how to best repair, replace, or maintain them.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 170 people die each year as a direct result of carbon monoxide in the indoor atmosphere. The CO in such cases was released by something other than the family automobile. Upwards of 1,000 persons are admitted to U.S. emergency rooms annually due to CO inhalation and poisoning. In the majority of these situations, the poisoning was easily preventable.

While there are several sources of CO in residential homes, HVAC systems account for a large percentage of the total. In 2007 alone, more than 15,000 persons suffered CO poisoning. Of that group, 39 fatalities resulted. CO poisoning is of major concern to at least a dozen U.S. governmental agencies who oversee the nation’s health. The Florida Department of Health has estimated that deaths from CO poisoning are in excess of 500 annually. The Florida DOH further asserts that several thousands of U.S. citizens seek emergency medical care for CO exposure every year.

Sacramento HVAC specialists can eliminate the fear of CO poisoning by closely examining the entire home heating and cooling system. Consumers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that one of the largest, most powerful appliances in their home is running safely and efficiently. In addition, when HVAC systems are in top working condition, consumers save money and energy.

There is no reason to live in fear of carbon monoxide poisoning. Regular HVAC check-ups can determine any problems that might lead to a broken heating or cooling unit. A properly functioning HVAC system results in safe, comfortable, affordable indoor temperature control.

Sources:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Carbon-Monoxide-Information-Center/Carbon-Monoxide-Questions-and-Answers-/

Florida Dept. of Health:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/programs/Environmental-Public-Health-Tracking/HTML-pages/Data-Carbon-Monoxide.html/

Amer. Assoc. of Poison Control Centers:

http://www.aapcc.org/

Nat’l Environmental Public Health Tracking Network:

http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showCarbonMonoxideLanding.action

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