Posted by: phillipsre | January 20, 2015

Is Your Home Vented Properly?

homeInspectionsWhen buying a home most people will make sure their new house is inspected by a professional, one of the areas of the inspection will focus on the heating, air conditioning systems, of course new buyers want to make sure these systems are working property, but often times the venting section of the report is overlooked and in a lot of cases this is the most important part of the report. This article from the Seattle Times, written by C. Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, discusses the health issues and concerns if your home is not properly vented. The article mentions that an improperly vented fossil-fuel-burning appliance can be deadly. The byproducts of combustion are carbon monoxide (CO) gas, along with other unpleasant gases and moisture. CO is colorless, odorless and tasteless. But when the concentration of CO is greater than 100 parts per million, the CO becomes toxic by combining with the body’s hemoglobin to form carboxyhemoglobin in the blood, which prevents the hemoglobin from releasing oxygen to the body’s tissues. Read more to understand the risks of CO poising and tips on how to avoid them.

It is also important to know that as of January 2013 Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are required in all newly constructed apartments, condominiums, houses and hotels that have attached garages or a fuel-fired heat source (ex: gas furnaces, single family home garages, gas water heaters). For more on this, click here.

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