TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER: CAN CARBON MONOXIDE BUILD UP IN MY HOME?

By: Patricia Cermignano

Did you know that carbon monoxide can build up in your home? This happens especially during the cold winter months when your heating system is running. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), carbon monoxide kills more than 200 American and sends almost 5,000 more to the emergency room each year.

Where does carbon monoxide come from? When carbon-based fuels such as gas, oil or wood burn, they produce gases. If the fuel combustion or burning is not completed then carbon monoxide enters the air. As carbon monoxide is odorless, the only way to alert yourself to the presence of this toxic gas in your home is to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your house. If your carbon monoxide detectors ever goes off, if it critical that you leave your house as quickly as possible and notify your utility company of the problem. If you or anyone in your family have a headache or have any other illness symptoms, it is important to seek medical treatment.

How can Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. help? Each fall our company offers seasonal heating maintenance tune-ups in which one of our service technicians comes out to your home to clean and inspect your heating equipment. During these tune-ups our service technicians run a carbon monoxide test to see if there are any traces of carbon monoxide in the air. Just this fall, we also started conducting IAQ tests to measure the quality of air in your home. The AirAdvice for Home device scans the air in your home to measure the levels of particles, chemicals, carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide in your air. Based on this reading, our company can make suggestions as to how to improve your home's indoor air quality. Lastly, our company is able to provide guidance on what carbon monoxide detector is best for you to have installed in your home. For more information, please call our office at 610-642-6323 or email us at office@bobsredtrucks.com.