Carbon monoxide is something that has gained quite a bit of attention recently. New heating systems that are being put into homes are much more efficient than the systems that used to be put in. However, this does not mean that they are automatically less of a threat of giving off potentially deadly gasses over time. In fact, carbon monoxide levels should be monitored even more closely in new homes because of two reasons: 1. How Homes are Built and 2. High Efficiency Ventilation
1. Home owners are very conscious of the energy drain that can be created by a "drafty" house. Most home owners have their house sealed up to prevent cool air from escaping in the summer and warm air from escaping in the winter. Whether that is caulking windows, new door seals, etc. today's homes are much more air tight than older homes have been in the past. While this is certainly much more energy efficient, it also prevents fresh air from entering or contaminated air from escaping.
2. While high efficiency furnaces help us save money, if they are not properly vented it is possible for toxic gases to escape into the home. It is important to make sure that HVAC systems are maintained and tuned-up by a qualified service technician.
Carnes Home Inspections checks Carbon Monoxide Levels at each home inspection. Feel free to email or call anytime if you would like more information. You can also visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Website for more carbon monoxide information.