How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Our homes should be a place of comfort and safety. From superior air conditioning and heating for high indoor air quality to the stain-proof paint that covers the walls, we make thoughtful choices to create a climate we enjoy.

Carbon monoxide is most infamous as the dangerous and lethal gas produced from cars, but it can come from more than just the garage. Many appliances inside our homes are sources for potential poisoning.

Some possible sources for carbon monoxide emissions include:

  • Cars and other motor vehicles
  • Portable generators
  • Furnaces
  • Fireplaces
  • Water heaters
  • Ovens and ranges

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that infects indoor air quality and the human body. It goes virtually unnoticed due to its invisible nature. People struck with carbon monoxide poisoning suspect their symptoms to be indicative of other illnesses such as the cold or flu.

Each year, up to 1000 people rush to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning treatment. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness and dizziness
  • General mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to control limbs
  • Fading consciousness

Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

The simplest way to combat the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning at home is to install detectors or carbon monoxide alarms in each room of the home. Be sure to follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of your alarm.

In addition, we suggest that you:

  • Call for regular maintenance for your central air system.
    Your preferred HVAC contractor ensures that the furnace and air conditioner are in proper working condition. He or she also keeps the central air system clean and makes repairs to prevent any type of gas leak.
  • Use gas- or coal-burning appliances in open spaces only.
    Lighting up your portable range, stove or even your generator in closed or small spaces allows carbon monoxide to collect quickly. Only use these appliances when you are fully equipped and in areas with plenty of ventilation.
  • Clean the chimney and fireplace.
    In order to prepare for fall, have a professional inspect and maintain your chimney to clean debris and obstruction, mend broken connections and clear out vents and exit pathways.

Sustaining Home Comfort with Service Champions

We should be able to trust the air we breathe, especially in our own homes. Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning has delivered exceptional air conditioning installations, AC maintenance and furnace repairs to thousands of families in Southern California.

As the number one HVAC contractor, we provide the most practical methods to incredible indoor air quality, making your home the most enjoyable place to be.

To enlist in the help of your Service Champions technician, contact one of our friendly representatives in our call center or schedule an appointment online.