CO SERIES: Pt. 1 – What is Carbon Monoxide?


Every year, carbon monoxide causes hundreds of deaths in North America and causes illness in thousands more. This silent killer can find its ways into your house without you ever knowing and can cause serious harm to you and your family.

The best thing you can do (other than install a carbon monoxide detector in your home) is arm yourself with knowledge about carbon monoxide so that you can be prepared to deal with any emergency that may arise.

So, what is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odourless gas that, in large quantities can be lethal. It is created as a by-product of burning different types of fuel, much like the types used in your furnace and gas stoves. When too much of it builds up in one place, it can affect the health of the people in your home.

When we breathe in carbon monoxide, it begins to replace oxygen in our bloodstream. Our bodies slowly become starved of oxygen leading to carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms can set in very slowly, so it is very important to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Later in this series, we will provide a handy printout for you to keep in your home.

Modern appliances and HVAC systems are made with safety in mind; companies understand that these units are in people’s homes and want to keep their clients as safe and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes components fail which can lead to carbon monoxide getting into your home. Later in this series, we will talk about how to minimize your risk of carbon monoxide exposure.

If you have any questions about carbon monoxide, would like to see another topic covered in this series or have other HVAC questions, contact your local HVAC dealers or send questions to great companies like Hogg Heating and Air Conditioning, AirWest or New Berlin Heating.



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