How Do You Test for Carbon Monoxide?

There are a multitude of gases that could be in your Birmingham home. Natural gas and fumes that originate from home fixtures, carpeting and paints. Not one of these gases are as hazardous as carbon monoxide. 

Get in touch with Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 right away to get started protecting your home against this dangerous gas. 

Service Experts Video about the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Why is Carbon Monoxide so Bad? 

Carbon monoxide may be an emergency, so it’s not a matter to joke about. 

1. You Can’t Taste It 

Carbon monoxide is dangerous because you aren’t able to see it, smell it with your nose or recognize it with your taste buds. It’s not as dangerous in small concentrations and can’t be filtrated. 

2. It Can Be Deadly Within Minutes 

Carbon monoxide is a side effect of used fuel. It can get into your home during cold weather if the heat exchanger on your gas furnace cracks. Depending on how big the leak is and the airflow in a residence, the gas may become lethal in only a few minutes. 

Once inhaled, the gas has a half-life of approximately five hours. If you are inhaling clean air, it requires five hours to take it out of your body. It will take another five hours to decrease that amount by half. 

3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Mimic Other Illnesses 

It can also mimic illnesses that can be misdiagnosed as the flu, viral infections and chronic fatigue syndrome, among other conditions. 

How to Protect Your Residence from Carbon Monoxide 

There’s no point to gamble with carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Here are some steps you can complete to keep your house safe: 

  1. Each home with at least one fuel-burning furnace, attached garage or fireplace needs to have a carbon monoxide system. It’s necessary to have a sensor on all levels of your house, including the basement and garage. You also need to install one inside or outside of every bedroom. Don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your residence? 
    Call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 to get one. Ask our pros about our economical Wi-Fi carbon monoxide systems. 
  1. If you currently have a carbon monoxide detector, regularly check or replace the batteries. You should test batteries every season, and get a new detector every three to five years. 
  1. If your carbon monoxide system alerts you to danger, get out of your residence right away and call 911. 

Protect Your Loved Ones with Support from Norrell Service Experts 

Carbon monoxide doesn’t have to be terrifying, and with the proper steps your residence can be safe from the toxic gas. Make the proper changes and call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 to learn more. 

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