Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. Since you can’t detect it, it can be fatal without you being aware of its present in your home. Here are the ways the gas impacts your indoor air quality
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
There can be multiple sources of carbon monoxide in your home. These include gas stoves, fireplaces, a furnace, cigarette smoke, and cars idling in the garage. It’s important that all combustion equipment in your home is properly maintained. Cars left idling in a garage are spewing carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases.
You should have a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home. It’s especially important to have them near bedrooms since so much time is spent sleeping in these rooms. Batteries should be checked at least twice a year.
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Health Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
How badly people are affected by carbon monoxide differs based on age and health. It’s also affected by how long they are exposed to it and how much is in the air. At low concentrations, it can cause fatigue and chest pain for people with heart disease.
At high concentrations, carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, and confusion. If it is at very high levels, it is fatal.
How to Reduce Carbon Monoxide
When you use a gas stove, always use the exhaust fan above it. The flue should be opened when a fireplace is being used. A technician should service your natural gas heating system once a year. Finally, you should never leave your idling car in the garage.
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