Because carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible, it is impossible for homeowners to detect its presence without the use of a carbon monoxide detector and alarm. Everyone knows that in substantial amounts, carbon monoxide can be poisonous – and deadly. Humans do need small amounts of carbon monoxide, a fact perhaps you didn’t know. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want San Francisco Bay Area homeowners to know the facts about carbon monoxide, an invisible and potentially dangerous gas.
Many homeowners assume that if they do not use gas appliances such as water heaters, stoves, or furnaces, or do not burn wood in a fireplace or wood stove, their homes are free of carbon monoxide. Actually, carbon monoxide is a gas that is present in nature, so it exists in every home to a certain degree. It is vital for homeowners to keep in mind that carbon monoxide is not detectable by your family’s senses, and you may not realize when someone has poisoning. The symptoms you may experience include those similar to the flu, and include headache, upset stomach, and vomiting. Confusion, chest pain, and weakness are other symptoms.
As a Bay Area homeowner, what should you do to protect your family? Install a carbon monoxide detector/alarm, and know how it works. Unlike smoke detectors, which make only one sound that signals those inside to exit the home, CO detectors actually emit two sounds, one alert that indicates fresh air should be allowed in the home and the issue should be investigated, and another warning indicating all inside must leave the structure immediately and contact authorities.
Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be tested each month, vacuumed, and the batteries changed twice each year. Additionally, consider purchasing a newer model every 10 years, so that you can be certain the device is operating properly, as some older models are overly sensitive, which may result in frequent false alarms.
While our expertise is in heating and air conditioning installation and maintenance for homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area, we want to help keep you safe. Have questions, or need advice about cooling your home this coming summer? Give Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning a call today.