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How Does Carbon Monoxide Build Up in the Home and How Can You Avoid it?

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small_104384656Carbon monoxide (CO) can build up in your home’s air any time of the year, but it tends to be the biggest issue during the heating season. That’s because we use our fuel-burning appliances the most when it’s cold outside, and issues with those appliances can allow CO to build up in our tightly-sealed homes. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most common ways that carbon monoxide can build up in your home’s air and what you can do to avoid the dangerous gas!


How does carbon monoxide build up in the house?


Some of the most common causes of carbon monoxide buildup in your home’s air include:





What can you do to keep your house safe from carbon monoxide buildup?


Although carbon monoxide buildup can seriously endanger the health of you and your family, preventing it from happening is simple if you take the right preventative steps. These include:



    • Having your other fuel-burning appliances inspected. In addition to your furnace, you should also consider having your other fuel-burning appliances inspected by a qualified professional. This is especially true for your water heater, which should be tuned-up by a reputable plumber.



    • Never leaving a car on in your garage. You should turn your car off immediately when you pull in to your garage so that CO does not leak into your home. If you need to warm up your car before using it, pull it out onto your driveway first.



If you have any questions about carbon monoxide in the home, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis furnace repair and installation contractor. We provide service to the St. Louis area, including towns like Ladue, Lake St. Louis and Manchester, MO.


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