Carbon Monoxide is known as the silent killer; carbon monoxide poisoning is a household threat! This is why it is important that you regularly check for leaks.
Carbon monoxide is a virtually undetectable gas that is odourless, tasteless and colourless. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels containing carbon.
Once inhaled, carbon monoxide impairs the transportation of oxygen around the body and long periods of exposure can be fatal. The biggest threat is the fact that is it very hard to detect – leaving homeowners vulnerable and unaware of the danger they may be in.
Carbon monoxide alarms operate in a similar way to smoke detectors but are only one way to protect you from the deadly gas. Regular servicing of your boiler is another vital step in the ongoing battle against carbon monoxide poisoning and according to the NHS the most common sources of carbon monoxide leaks are faulty or incorrectly installed boilers and gas appliances.
To legally work on gas appliances, individuals must be Gas Safe registered so always look for this when hiring someone to service your boiler. This service should look at all areas of your home heating, from the boiler to chimneys, flues and appliances and be conducted at least once annually.
Prime times to experience boiler problems are when your dependency or use of it alters – most notably when the seasons change. Boilers are put under a greater level of strain during the winter months when cold temperatures prompt us to turn up the thermostat. Having your boiler serviced in advanced of this is highly recommended and the period of February to October is usually the best time to have your boiler inspected.
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