Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Test

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that can kill people in high concentrations and make people sick in lower concentrations. 

How is carbon monoxide produced?

CO is produced anytime a fuel like natural gas, wood, propane or gasoline is burned. So CO is in the exhaust of any fuel burning appliance like a furnace, water heater or gas fireplace.

How would carbon monoxide get into a home?

Carbon monoxide can get into a home when the exhaust of a furnace or other device gets inside a home. This is rare, but can happen during a malfunction like the vent being blocked or broken.

How do you test for carbon monoxide?

During our carbon monoxide safety test  we check for carbon monoxide in the air that is coming out of a gas furnace and blowing into the home. To do this we use a special tool called a combustion analyzer or a dedicated CO detector. CO would only be in this air stream if the furnace was malfunctioning. 

How often do you find carbon monoxide in a home?

Finding carbon monoxide at dangerous levels in a home is rare. But since the consequences can be deadly it’s a good idea to check. The US governments Center for Disease Control states that each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.

How do I schedule a carbon monoxide safety test?

If you’d like to add a carbon monoxide safety test to your inspection, please call our office at 303-554-5840 and ask them to add it to your inspection.

If you’d like to schedule a carbon monoxide safety test without a regular home inspection, please call 720-309-4266.

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