Carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as the “silent killer” and any gas appliance could cause this deadly poisoning in your home if it is not vented properly.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is very dangerous because while it is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, it has the power to do great harm without you ever even realizing it is there. Carbon monoxide can cause brain damage and even death and is often difficult to detect. The gas comes from common household appliances that are not properly vented.
One of the reasons that carbon monoxide often goes undetected is that the symptoms caused by the poisoning can be easily blamed on other factors. Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, and disorientation. If you have any of the symptoms of carbon monoxide, open a window to allow the gases to escape and then make sure you also have a professional come out and find out where the gas is coming from to fix the problem.
Problems occur when gas appliances, such as your clothes dryer, are not properly vented. With homes becoming more energy efficient and therefore more air tight, these trapped fumes have very few options of where to go. This is why it is increasingly more important to have all gas appliances checked regularly to ensure they are venting properly and thus eliminating the risk of you or your family getting carbon monoxide poisoning.
How can I prevent against dryer vent carbon monoxide poisoning?
With a dryer vent, all the exhaust must be vented into the outdoors to make sure that all harmful gases are sent out of the house. But if the exhaust vents become clogged with lint or bird nests, these exhaust fumes get backed up into the home. For this reason, it is important that dryer vents get professionally cleaned out at least once a year so that the vents remain clear to avoid serious health problems.
Besides preventing against dryer vent carbon monoxide poisoning, regular dryer vent cleanings will also prevent against dryer vent fires, help save on your energy bill and increase the life of the appliance. Don’t let anyone in your household become a victim of the “silent killer”. Have your professional dryer vent technician service your dryer annually.