How Do You Check for Carbon Monoxide?

There are a multitude of gases that could be in your Birmingham home. Natural gas and vapors that derive from household fixtures, carpeting and paints. Not a one of them are as threatening as carbon monoxide. 

Reach Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 right away to begin protecting your family against this harmful gas. 

Service Experts Video about the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Why is Carbon Monoxide so Detrimental to Your Health? 

Carbon monoxide might be a serious issue, so it’s not a matter to joke about. 

1. You Can’t Smell It 

Carbon monoxide is dangerous because you cannot view it, detect it with your nose or detect it with your taste buds. It doesn’t cause irritation in low amounts and can’t be filtered. 

2. It Can Be Fatal Within Minutes 

Carbon monoxide is a side effect of burnt fuel. It can filter into your house during cold weather if the heat exchanger on your gas furnace cracks. While it depends on how large the leak is and the ventilation in a residence, the gas can become lethal in only a few minutes. 

Once inhaled, the gas has a half-life of approximately five hours. If you are inhaling clean air, it requires five hours to remove it from your body. It requires an extra five hours to reduce that amount by half. 

3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Resemble Other Illnesses 

The gas could also mimic symptoms that can be mistaken as the flu, viral infections and chronic fatigue syndrome, among other conditions. 

How to Protect Your Home from Carbon Monoxide 

There’s no reason to risk carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Here are three things you can take to keep your house safe: 

  1. Each home with at least one gas heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide detector. You need to have an alarm on all levels of your home, in addition to the basement and garage. You also need to install one inside or outside of every bedroom. Don’t use a carbon monoxide alarm in your home? 
    Call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 to purchase one. Ask our techs about our reasonable Wi-Fi carbon monoxide detectors. 
  1. If you currently use a carbon monoxide system, frequently check or put in new batteries. You should look at batteries every three months, and buy a new alarm every three to five years. 
  1. If your carbon monoxide system alerts you to danger, leave your home right away and phone 911. 

Protect Your Family with Assistance from Norrell Service Experts 

Carbon monoxide doesn’t have to be frightening, and with the right precautions your home can be protected from the toxic gas. Take the precautions and call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 to learn more. 

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