How Do You Test for Carbon Monoxide?

There are a multitude of vapors that could be within your Roanoke house. Natural gas and vapors that originate from home fixtures, flooring and paints. Not one of these fumes are as dangerous as carbon monoxide.

Get in touch with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645 now to get started shielding your family against this dangerous gas.

Why is Carbon Monoxide so Detrimental to Your Health?

Carbon monoxide may be a big deal, so it’s not a thing to joke about.

1. You Can’t See It

Carbon monoxide is life-threatening because you aren’t able to view it, sense it with your nose or taste it. It’s not as dangerous in low concentrations and can’t be filtrated.

2. It Can Be Fatal Within Minutes

Carbon monoxide is a result of spent fuel. It can creep into your home during cold weather if the heat exchanger on your gas furnace fails. While it depends on how large the leak is and the airflow in a house, carbon monoxide could become deadly in within minutes.

Once taken in, it has a half-life of around five hours. If you are taking in fresh air, it will take five hours to take it out of your body. You will need an additional five hours to decrease that amount by half.

3. Carbon Monoxide Reaction Can Mirror Other Illnesses

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

How to Protect Your Home from Carbon Monoxide

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

Here are some steps you can take to keep your residence safe:

  1. Your home with at least one natural gas heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide alarm. You should have an alarm on all levels of your home, in addition to the basement and garage. You also need to install one inside or outside of each bedroom. Aren’t using a carbon monoxide detector in your house?
    Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645 to purchase one. Ask our techs about our affordable Wi-Fi carbon monoxide alarms.
  2. If you already own a carbon monoxide alarm, regularly test or swap out the batteries. You should look at batteries every three months, and buy a new detector every three to five years.
  3. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, leave your house without delay and dial 911.

Protect Your Loved Ones with Help from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

Carbon monoxide doesn’t have to be frightening, and with the right precautions your family can be guarded from the toxic gas. Take the necessary steps and call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645 to learn more.


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