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Carbon Monoxide Risks and Symptoms

You can’t smell it, see it or taste it, but it could be with you right now!

To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, have your heating equipment “tuned up” each year, preferably before the heating season begins. Your local gas or electricty company has highly trained professionals who can provide this service. The service technician should also check your chimney and vent pipes for blockage.

It is also a good idea to make sure your home is adequately ventilated, particularly if you have added insulation to your home, had major renovations done or have enclosed your heating system to increase living space.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often confused with those of influenza, and the highest incidence of poisoning occurs during the flu season. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, unclear thinking, shortness of breath, weakness, vision problems and loss of muscle control.

Here are a few basic steps you can take if you come across someone you suspect has CO poisoning.

Move the affected person to fresh air. Administer oxygen if available. Contact medical help. If the person is not breathing, perform artificial respiration as taught in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training until medical help arrives. Ventilate the area. Investigate the source of carbon monoxide and make repairs.

Finally install a carbon monoxide detector to warn of harmful gases that may be entering your home because of a blocked or damaged chimney or faulty heating system.

Originally posted 2016-04-12 12:28:09.

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5 Common Air Conditioning Problems

Lots of do-it-your-self home-owners often wonder what the most common air conditioning problems are. After receiving this inquiry many times on service calls we decided to put together a short list to inform consumers of some common problems we encounter. We put this in a short list and have given a brief description of these problems. Let us know what you think. If you need help then drop us a line. We would be happy to help advise you on the selection of a good heating and air conditioning contractor.

  1. Ductwork Tears: This occurs quite often and is a common problem for homes that cool, but do not cool enough. Whenever you are having a new system installed look for a company or contractor that will guarantee the ductwork for at least 7 years. It is also a great idea to have your ductwork cleaned regularly. Here is a great site that offers air duct cleaning advice.
  2. evaporator-coilsInsufficient Freon: Over time the freon in exterior air conditioning units can require re-charging. This can be due to leaks or just common wear on the unit itself. It is a very common problem especially in older AC units.
  3. Exterior Unit Too Small: Often times the exterior unit may be designed to cool a smaller size home than it is being used to cool. In situations like these there is no easy solution other than replacing the exterior unit. The silver-lining for the home-owner is that even though they have to pay for a potentially expensive replacement, the newer equipment is often significantly more efficient than their existing model. This means that they could see big savings on their monthly energy bills and this is often substantial. These newer units pay for themselves within a few short years.
  4. poorly-positioned-ductworkPoorly Arranged Ductwork: Unfortunately not everyone installing ductwork in home’s knows what they are doing. Improper placement and size of the ductwork and vents that bring air into the home is critical for a central air unit to operate correctly. In homes where the ductwork was not well laid out often require larger-than-necessary exterior units to properly cool.
  5. Thermostat Problems: A broken or damaged thermostat can bring down an entire central A/C system. This is, however, an easy problem to fix and is usually done at a low-cost to the home-owner.

These are just a few common problems and we encounter many more in homes everyday. If you are trying to diagnose a problem in your home system, this is a great place to start. Always remember to call a reputable HVAC specialist to ensure that your system is repaired properly.

Other problems can be found in this video:

Originally posted 2016-04-15 09:28:14.