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Carbon Monoxide Detection in Massachusetts

Carbon Monoxide Alert! What you can’t see could kill you!

Most people know the importance of installing carbon monoxide detectors in the home, but this advice bears repeating. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas and it can kill.

Its deadly work can be through gradual exposure over time or a sudden, buildup of CO in a small, poorly ventilated room. Usually, defective combustion heating equipment is the source, although other potential causes can occur any time of year.

Just as important, be sure to test your CO detectors monthly to make sure they are still operational. Change the batteries every six months when you change the clocks for daylight savings time in early spring and late fall.

Remember that even hard-wired models have battery backups. Press the “test” button for two to three seconds. When the alarm beep sounds, release the button. If there is no beep, replace the batteries and test again. If it still doesn’t sound an alarm, replace the unit.

Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Air Filters, Westford MA, Lowell MA, Chelmsford MA, Burlington MA, Littleton MA, Ayer MA

Getting the most out of your indoor air filter

Allergy sufferers can tell the exciting days of summer are almost over each year when they first step outside and start to sneeze or feel their eyes burn. Fall allergies, brought on by the increased pollen and mold spores in the air, cause havoc to 35 million Americans each year and without appropriate steps the suffering will continue inside their own homes.

That’s why we sell and install indoor air quality systems, so one’s house can be an oasis of relief from fall allergies. Our systems are silent and can be connected directly to the home’s central heating or cooling system to prevent pollen and other unwanted particles from entering. They can be programed it to work continuously or only at certain times.

But as helpful as all of that is, it’s not a complete approach to ending indoor allergy problems. Homeowners still need to make small efforts to keep their indoor air quality high, just as owners of a welcome mat still need people to take muddy boots off before they enter.

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and American Lung Association recommend indoor air filters for people with allergies or asthma. The EPA also recommends some additional steps to maintain top-notch indoor air quality:

*Choosing hard flooring over carpeting to give allergens fewer pockets to inhabit.

*Use outdoor-venting fans in the kitchen and bathroom.

*Keep pets out of bedrooms and outside as often as possible.

*Ban all indoor smoking.

*Keep heating and cooling systems maintained.

An indoor air quality system does a great job of filtering air coming into the building and moving throughout it, but the result will be much better if air pollutants have no indoor sources or places to hide.