Why You Need Carbon Monoxide Testing For Your Home
Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of poisonings in homes across the U.S. every year, and less than 5% of all CO poisonings are actually reported. Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas that can be generated in your home completely without your knowledge. It is usually emitted from fuel burning appliances that aren’t functioning properly like space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, heaters, and refrigerators, and this gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, which makes it extremely difficult to detect. Making sure your heating equipment and combustion appliances are running safely and efficiently is usually a task that is best accomplished by using a calibrated combustion analyzer. Because this technology and techniques to perform these testings are fairly new, more than likely it has never been performed. You always want a properly certified service technician to perform this test and diagnose any potential CO exposure risks in your home.
Health & Safety
Even in small quantities, Carbon Monoxide can pose serious health risks, especially in children or elderly individuals. Millions of homeowners are actually exposed to low levels of CO in their homes and aren’t even aware of it. In fact, many CO alarms don’t go off until they have detected up to 70 ppm (parts per million) for nearly three hours. Most international limits for unsafe CO levels, including those established by OSHA and the World Health Organization, have unsafe levels established around 15-35 ppm. In addition to your heating equipment, Carbon Monoxide can be emitted from other sources in your home. These include your hot water heater, gas range, gas logs, space heaters, boilers, and even attached garages.
New Appliances & Equipment Should Still Be Carbon Monoxide Tested
Anytime new appliances or equipment for your home are installed, they are being subjected to conditions they have probably never been exposed to before and possibly conditions in which they were never tested to perform in. The ventilation, air duct, and combustion air systems in your home as well as the any additional appliances can all affect your new equipment’s operation. In addition to these new conditions, your new equipment has undergone a lot of moving, loading, and unloading since leaving the factory. During all of that moving, it is extremely possible that something could have been knocked loose or shifted that could affect the performance of your new equipment. The only way to really know for sure if your new equipment is operating efficiently and safely is to have it Tested for CO emissions after it is installed.
What To Expect From Your Energy Efficiency Contractor
As a homeowner, you want to make sure that the New York HVAC Contractor you hire is trained in all the current technology that can help ensure your heating and air conditioning system is running safely, comfortably, and efficiently. They should also be able to explain to you what they have found regarding CO emissions in your home, what steps they took to remedy the situation, and what you can do in the future to help prevent them from occurring and the dangers they can pose to you and your family.