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How Do I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Your local HVAC experts at ServiceMark Heating Cooling & Plumbing are fully trained in the proper installation, maintenance and use of fossil fuel burning equipment that is essential for a safe home environment.

Carbon Monoxide

Three directives to achieve carbon monoxide safety:

1. Use a qualified technician for the installation of your residential/commercial equipment.

Fuel-burning equipment that is operated inside a building should be specified and installed by a qualified and fully-trained technician according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Oversized equipment can be both inefficient and costly to operate, as well as dangerous.

2. Ventilate the area properly.

Fuel burning equipment requires proper ventilation and airflow to ensure the correct mix of fuel and oxygen for complete combustion. This is particularly important in today’s tightly constructed homes.

3. Do not enclose equipment

Combustion problems can occur when fuel-burning equipment is installed in a confined space. A professional should calculate the space required for safe operation based on the BTU’s per hour (size and capacity) of all equipment installed in the room. The use of attic or house fans, as well as wood-burning fireplaces, should also be taken into consideration.

With the current popularity of home renovations, you should be aware that changes to the configuration of a room can restrict airflow to fuel burning equipment. Confined space around equipment can result in dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide. An expert can recommend solutions, such as transfer grills for improved airflow, louvered doors, the introduction of outside air, or the installation of high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters.

Good news: This is where the ServiceMark team can help guide and advise you and help you know what your options are to maintain and continue to operate a safe environment.

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All information in this article was compiled by ServiceMark personnel for customer and public use. Please feel free to share this information and help your friends, neighbors and family achieve safety at home and place of business.

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