Applewood offers the carbon monoxide (CO) Authority detection system, which consists of two sampling tubes with CO detectors, which are positioned inside the ductwork that is connected to a building furnace.
The furnace is shut down whenever CO present in the heated air flowing through the duct is detected by this system. Any carbon dioxide present in the furnace room is detected by a second CO sensor that is built in the unit.
Such a through CO detection system is the best way to protect building inhabitants against the noxious poisonous gas. Some additional steps that can be taken by inhabitants are having their water heater, heating system, or other coal, oil, or gas burning appliances serviced once in a year, avoiding usage of catalytic flameless chemical heaters inside buildings, calling an expert service personal whenever they smell any odor that is emanating from the cooling units of their refrigerators as this might imply that the defective cooling unit emits CO gas.
The colorless, odorless, and tasteless carbon dioxide gas, called the ‘silent killer,’ is the chief reason for accidental deaths due to poisoning in the U.S. According to the estimates made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), poisoning due to CO has resulted in 16,000 deaths in America, out of which 16% are categorized as unintentional. In addition, it is estimated that CO is responsible for more than 15,000 hospital visits. Fatigue, nausea, and headaches, which are often erroneously diagnosed as flu, are the early CO poisoning symptoms.
Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric’s President, John Ward informed that people are now more aware of CO poisoning related issues. Ward revealed that improperly ventilated household appliances are the main cause for the build up of the CO gas in most of the cases. The Boulder and Denver metro regions are served by Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric for more than 36 years. The company was declared by Contractor Magazine as the 2009 Contractor of the Year, and the 2009 winner of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in the Large Business category.
Ward explained that these new detection systems that are positioned inside the furnace provide a higher protection level. He further elaborated that an alarm is sounded by the detector when particulates cross the safety levels. Applewood provides the CO Authority detection systems to the house owners.
The National Fire Protection Association informs that 93% of homes have installed smoke alarms. However, only 15% of homes have installed CO alarms, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.