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Keeping Your Home Safe From Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide is something you definitely do not want in your home. Learn why it’s so dangerous, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how ventilation is the key to keeping your home free of this deadly gas.   

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also referred to as CO, is a “deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas produced as a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas, propane, and even wood. It can also result from the incomplete burning of other flammable items, including:Keeping your home safe from carbon monoxide

  • Coal
  • Charcoal
  • Oil
  • Kerosene

Additionally, carbon monoxide can be produced by products that are powered by internal combustion engines, like:

  • Portable generators
  • Cars
  • Lawn mowers
  • Power washers
  • Space heaters

Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous because at the end of the day, it’s deadly and can result in death within minutes. In the U.S., carbon monoxide is responsible for an average of 170 deaths and several thousand emergency room visits each year.

Another reason that carbon monoxide is so dangerous is the fact that it’s odorless and invisible. This makes it nearly impossible to know if you are being exposed until you start feeling the symptoms associated with its exposure.

Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide does have a lot of symptoms associated with its exposure; however, many of these symptoms are similar to the flu. So, unless you have a CO detector, you may not realize you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning until it’s too late.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Throwing up
  • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of consciousness

Keeping Your Home Safe From Carbon Monoxide

Installing CO alarms in your home is incredibly important as they will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide. But, although these alarms can warn you about the presence of CO, they can’t keep your home free of this dangerous gas.

Whole house ventilation is truly the key to keeping your home safe from carbon monoxide. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, gases, including carbon monoxide, can accumulate in a poorly ventilated home. And, the best way to ventilate your home is to install a whole house ventilation system that will expel harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, and draw fresh air into your home.  

How WAVE Home Solutions Can Help

WAVE Home Solutions has a few different whole house ventilation systems that will continuously expel harmful gases, including CO, as well as create whole house air exchanges that will improve the overall air quality of your home.

Additionally, both our WAVE Multi-Sensor Basement Unit and our WAVE Multi-Sensor Crawl Space & Booster Fan Unit are compatible with the myHome App and will continuously monitor your house. If high levels of carbon monoxide are detected, these units automatically increase their ventilation rates, regardless of moisture levels. An alert is then sent to the myHome App to inform you that high levels of CO have been detected.

Our WAVE Multi-Sensor Basement Unit and our WAVE Multi-Sensor Crawl Space & Booster Fan Unit both have several other great features:

  • In addition to controlling excess moisture and odors, these units also reduce mold growth.
  • These units contain both upstairs and downstairs sensors, so your whole house will constantly be monitored for air quality.
  • These units also expel other harmful items, including gases, radon, and asthmatic triggers.
  • The myHome App allows for remote monitoring and control.
  • They are both energy efficient, maintenance free, and quiet.

To learn more about both of these great units and our other whole house ventilation systems and how they can keep carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases at bay as well as improve the air quality of your home, please visit our website and fill out our form.

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