How Do You Test for Carbon Monoxide?

There are a multitude of vapors that could be in your Oklahoma City home. Natural gas and fumes that derive from home fixtures, carpeting and paints. Not one of them are as threatening as carbon monoxide.

Reach Gordon's Service Experts at 405-432-2197 right away to begin defending your house against this harmful gas.

Why is Carbon Monoxide so Bad?

Carbon monoxide may be a life and death situation, so it’s not a thing to take lightly.

1. You Can’t Taste It

Carbon monoxide is so unsafe because you aren’t able to view it, smell it with your nose or recognize it with your taste buds. It doesn’t cause irritation in little concentrations and can’t be filtrated.

2. It Can Be Lethal After Only Minutes

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of spent fuel. It can leak into your home during cold weather if the heat exchanger on your gas furnace breaks. Depending on how big the leak is and the airflow in a home, carbon monoxide may become lethal in only a few minutes.

Once inhaled, it has a half-life of about five hours. If you are breathing clean air, you will need five hours to get it out of your system. It requires another five hours to cut that level by half.

3. Carbon Monoxide Symptoms Can Act Like Other Illnesses

The gas may also cause conditions that can be mistaken 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 three precautions you can take to keep your residence safe:

  1. Each house with at least one natural gas furnace, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide detector. You should have a sensor on all levels of your residence, on top of the basement and garage. You also need to install one inside or outside of every bedroom. Don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
    Call Gordon's Service Experts at 405-432-2197 to purchase one. Ask our techs about our reasonable Wi-Fi carbon monoxide alarms.
  2. If you presently have a carbon monoxide system, regularly check or put in new batteries. You should check batteries every three months, and buy a new system every three to five years.
  3. If your carbon monoxide detector alerts you to danger, exit your residence immediately and dial 911.

Keep Your Family Safe with Help from Gordon's Service Experts

Carbon monoxide doesn’t have to be scary, and with the recommended actions your residence can be guarded from the toxic gas. Take the necessary steps and call Gordon's Service Experts at 405-432-2197 to learn more.