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Can Central AC and Heating Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Can central AC and heating cause carbon monoxide poisoning? Is your HVAC system making you ill?

Most people spend the majority of their time indoors regardless of the season. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that indoor air quality is often poorer than outside air. Even if your central heating system is relatively new, it might be a contributing factor to decreased air quality in your home and ultimately cause a variety of ailments. A malfunctioning or ineffecient central AC system could be the cause of carbon monoxide poisoning or other illness for you or your family.

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The following discusses how your HVAC unit may be making you ill and a few tips for what you can do about it.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Central AC

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, heaters can potentially release carbon monoxide into the home. Carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless and can potentially be deadly. Even if the levels emitted are not high enough to be fatal, it can still produce serious illness.

If a central heating unit is not working correctly and there is an incomplete combustion of the fuels, carbon monoxide poisoning is a dangerous possibility. Some symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

These symptoms may be mild or could slowly progress into more serious illnesses. Even if a central heating system isn't emitting carbon monoxide, there are several other illnesses and symptoms that may be the result of a faulty or poorly maintained unit.

Other Symptoms and Illnesses You May Experience

 When you don't maintain your air conditioner properly or fail to replace the filters on a regular basis, your system can still cause a variety of other illnesses unrelated to carbon monoxide. Other potential problems with heating systems and overall air quality in a home could include leaks in ducts and the growth of mold and mites throughout the heating unit.

If you are experiencing dryness in the eyes, mouth, or nose, your central heating may not be working correctly. Other symptoms can include fatigue, coughing, sneezing, and an increase of allergies. Skin rashes could also be caused by central heating. Thankfully, many of these symptoms and illnesses are short-term and may be treated by eliminating the pollution source in the home.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Carbon Monoxide Poisoning or Indoor Air Quality Hazards?

There are steps to take to make sure your central heating is as safe and clean as possible. For starters, it's important to replace old or faulty central AC units with new and improved models.

It's also necessary to make sure the system is installed correctly by trained professionals since even a new unit can produce negative results if not installed properly. Central air systems and furnaces must be regularly maintained, even when they're new, to ensure air quality. This can include the proper filter changes and other upkeep tasks that you can ask your local HVAC contractor to perform.

Invest in a Quality Central Heating System

Investing in a central heating unit can provide a safe, clean, and efficient source of heat for your home. It's important to work with only the best to ensure the health and safety of your family. The Cooling Company is a family-owned company that provides installation, AC tune-ups, and repair for water heaters and HVAC units. If you want to work with a friendly, honest company that is changing the way HVAC companies do business, contact The Cooling Company at 702-567-0707 for more information.

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