Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Even a short-time exposure to high concentration of CO can lead you to your death. That’s why carbon monoxide detectors are important equipment inside the home. However, just like any other home devices, you don’t expect your CO detector to serve you forever.
Just like all other safety devices, you’ll see a manufacturer’s note at the back of your CO detector which indicates the expiration date. Be sure not to take this information for granted for your family’s health and yours depend on it.
The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detector
Since carbon monoxide is a natural gas, its presence is inevitable. What seems to be the problem however is that greater concentration of it can affect one’s health, and even leads to death in some cases. The fact that this gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, there’s no way that you can detect it with your keen senses.
That’s if you don’t have a well installed and properly operating carbon monoxide detector in your home. Be it a battery-operated unit or a hard wired device, you need to have one mounted on your wall. It’s also important that you understand how it works and how it helps prevent the possible effects of carbon monoxide.
What Contributes To High Carbon Monoxide Level?
Fuel burning appliances of any type has the greatest contribution of carbon monoxide content inside your home. This is especially caused by poor unit maintenance and if the appliance already damaged but still in use. Some appliances include:
- Oil heating appliances such as burners and furnaces
- Bio or agricultural type of heating stoves
- Any oil or natural gas furnace
- Wood burning products like fireplace and parlor stove.
- Products which use gas and diesel
Symptoms of CO Poisoning
The first warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, nausea and dizziness which start from mild to severe. The symptoms become worse when the CO gas starts to invade and build up in your blood. You may now feel unexplained drowsiness, fast heartbeat, vision problems and even seizures for severe cases.
When Is the Time for CO Detector Replacement?
CO detector replacement depends on the model. Some recommend 4 years while others 6 years. It’s a good idea to have a yearly CO detector testing to ensure a safe and healthy living space.
If you suspect a CO leak in your home, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Texas Made Air Conditioning and Heating.