Carbon monoxide poisoning can have serious health implications, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Carbon monoxide is a hazardous gas, which if inhaled, can significantly reduce the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Carbon monoxide inhalation can cause death in just a few minutes.
Where Carbon Monoxide Comes From
Carbon monoxide is created wherever wood, oil, kerosene, charcoal, or gas are burned. This means the furnace of your heating system, heater, and gas stove can all create carbon monoxide. Under normal circumstances and when the appliances are working fine, they do not create any carbon monoxide. However, defective appliances can start emitting carbon monoxide, and you may not even come to know of it, unless someone in your family starts experiencing health issues that signal carbon monoxide poisoning.
There are various sources within the HVAC system that can create carbon monoxide inside the house. So, it is important that all homeowners understand what symptoms are caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. As we discussed, the symptoms can be mild or severe, and there are good chances that you may not even immediately experience any major symptoms even though the harmful gas is lurking in your house.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
According to HVAC experts, carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms resemble those of the flu, but it may have long lasting implications. Some common symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches, and confusion. Most people tend to ignore these symptoms thinking of it as flu, but you should be careful to pay attention to them, especially if these symptoms are recurring and more than one of your family members are being affected.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can have more serious implications for babies, pregnant women, and people with allergies or respiratory disorders. Just in case you feel that you or someone in your family is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, you should immediately let fresh air inside the house so that the patient can breathe easy. You should then consult a doctor. You may have to undergo some blood tests, and the doctor will ask you several questions to confirm whether it is indeed a case of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
HVAC professionals believe that there are several ways in which you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The first is to get regular maintenance of the HVAC system and any equipment in which combustion is involved. Periodic maintenance can detect any leakages or carbon monoxide emissions, and the problem can be nipped in the bud.
Another more effective way of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors inside your house. These detectors have an alarm system that goes off once it detects carbon monoxide in the air. These detectors are installed higher up on the walls or on the roof. If there are multiple floors in your house, it is advisable that you install one on each floor.
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