Are you concerned about carbon monoxide levels in your home? Also called CO, this gas is created by home appliances that burn fuel. Such appliances may include
-Gas water heaters;
-Gas furnaces; and
Even a car that is left running in an enclosed garage is a source of CO within the home. Because all of these appliances are known to produce CO, venting usually is provided to the outdoors.
CO is colorless, odorless and tasteless. This means that this toxic gas can kill you and your family before you even realize that there is a problem. Accordingly, it is wise to periodically have carbon monoxide testing performed in your home.
It is just as critical that you have such a test performed when you are thinking about buying a new home. Consider asking for a CO inspection at the same time you have a general home inspection performed. This will ensure your peace of mind throughout the purchase and well beyond the day that you move in.
When it comes to having a CO inspection performed, experience counts. That’s why you want to call the experienced professionals at Pro-Spect. We serve homes and business across Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland for all of their inspection needs.
When exposure to CO levels is relatively low, the symptoms of poisoning may be similar to those of the flu. People who experience this level of exposure may complain of some disorientation, a headache, dizziness, nausea and extreme fatigue.
When the level of CO in the house becomes higher, the symptoms become worse. Confusion and headaches are severe. Prolonged exposure can lead to brain damage, and it is crucial to keep in mind that more than 200 people in the U.S. die each year from CO poisoning.
Don’t become a statistic. Ask for CO inspections on a regular basis to protect your family.
One of the most important things you can do is to ensure that all fuel-burning appliances are properly maintained over the years. This means that there is adequate venting and that the machines are running properly and not leaking gases.
If you are replacing a piece of equipment like an unvented space heater, be sure to look for a model that is vented. Also, when using space heaters, make certain that you are using the right fuel for that machine.
Ensure that you have an exhaust fan that is vented to the outdoors over a gas stove and that the flue is open before you light a fire in the fireplace. Do not allow cars to idle in garages, and try to have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned each year.
The most critical step you can take is to have a CO inspection performed on a regular basis. This ensures that your fuel-burning appliances are operating as they should and that they are properly vented.
Carbon monoxide testing can produce varying results depending upon a number of factors such as whether or not smokers live in the home. This means that the inspector will take these factors into account when establishing a baseline reading.
It’s critical that CO testing be reliable and accurate. That’s why it’s essential that you only work with Pro-Spect. We have the most reliable, well-trained inspectors around. We also ensure that our inspectors use only the latest technology and keep up-to-date with all industry practices and standards.
Call Pro-Spect today to schedule CO testing. We offer flexible scheduling so that inspections can be performed whenever it suits your schedule.