Understanding Carbon Monoxide With Home Inspector Huntley IL

Posted on: August 31, 2016 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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Carbon Monoxide. What is it and why is it such a concern? According to Wikipedia, Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, which is highly toxic to humans and animals. It consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom, connected by a covalent double bond and a dative covalent bond. I don’t know about you, but they lost me in that second part.

What’s important to know is that CO is colorless, odorless, tasteless and highly toxic to humans and animals. But where does it come from? CO is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. Carbon-based fuels are natural gas, gasoline, propane and burning wood. Some of the most common sources of CO are automobile exhaust, appliances such as furnaces, dryers & ovens and many natural & synthetic products like cigarette smoke.

A properly used and maintained fuel burning appliance normally will not produce a hazardous amount of CO. The CO becomes an issue when there is incomplete burning of the fuel. Any gas burning appliance that is not working efficiently will produce higher levels of Carbon Monoxide.

A CO / smoke detector can save your live!

Because you can’t see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are even aware of its presence. Lower levels of exposure to CO causes mild effects that are commonly mistaken for the flu. These symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.

The best form of insurance in your home is a properly installed, operational CO detector. In some states, including Illinois, laws have been passed requiring CO detectors in homes. The law in Illinois mandates that every dwelling unit be equipped with at least one CO detector within 15 ft of every room used for sleeping purposes. Click on this link read more about the Illinois CO law.

This law has been in effect since January 1st, 2007. Why are most homes still not protected? Is yours?


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