How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that can leak from HVAC units or systems and spread throughout your home. It is a silent killer that you may not notice until it is too late. For this reason, it is important to be educated on ways to recognize and prevent this type of disaster from happening.

How Does Carbon Monoxide Get Into My Home?

Carbon Monoxide is produced during the burning of gas, oil, coal, wood, propane, and kerosene. It can leak from the following HVAC units if they are not properly maintained and sealed.

  • Central Heating System
  • Boilers
  • Furnaces
  • Portable Heaters
  • Water Heaters
  • Gas Stoves

What Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Look Like?

Once it is breathed in, Carbon Monoxide attaches to the blood molecules and prevents oxygen from getting into the blood. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include the following:

  • Dizzyness
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Trouble Seeing
  • Memory Problems

How Can I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In My House?

Learn more here.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noises?

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You might have asked yourself this question occasionally. All HVAC units make some noise when they run, because of all the components and moving parts. However, there are certain noises that require immediate attention. Depending on what the problem is, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you can give us a call at California Air Conditioning Systems to fix it in a professional manner.

What does this noise mean, and what should I do about it?

*****Before inspecting, checking, or attempting to fix anything in your AC, turn it off first!*****

  • Purr / Roar – Newer units are built to be softer than older ones, and so they will be purring along in the background as they run. Older units may have a deeper or slightly louder whir as they run, but this does not necessarily mean that they are malfunctioning.
  • Grinding – This likely indicates a problem with the bearings and belts of the blower. The belts get worn out or cracked over time. These cost your unit its efficiency, and cost you more money. If neglected, this will break and damage the whole unit. Call an HVAC technician to replace these.
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  • Rattling – In outdoor AC units, things such as sticks, rocks, leaves, trash, and other debris can get trapped inside the cover of the unit. In indoor systems, toys or trash may have gotten into vents or ducts. In both indoor and outdoor units, it could be some bolts or screws that are loosening. If you can, clean the unit and tighten screws. It could be more serious, such as an issue with the compressor; if the noise persists, call your HVAC company.
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  • Clanging & Banging – This is a problem with the blower. Other symptoms of a bad blower are an AC that stops working after a few hours, or does not blow cool air when it is on. An HVAC company will help you decide if you need to replace the whole thing or just certain parts.
  • Humming – If your AC is just a little noisier than normal, or if it’s making a humming noise, it could just need some lubrication. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be lubricated in order for the machine to run smoothly. Humming could also indicate that a key part of the AC has failed and the unit is trying to run without it. An AC check up/tune up would be ideal.
  • Clicking – An AC has a lot of electrical components, and one of these is the Capacitor. This is a part that sends electric currant to the motor to start it or keep it running. A clicking noise means that it might need to be replaced. This is a job for your HVAC technician.
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  • Hissing – A refrigerant, or Freon, leak will cause a hissing noise.

    “Freon” is a heat transfer fluid, which means it is capable of absorbing heat from the air indoors and transferring it outside to get cooled down. This air is then returned back indoors for everyone to enjoy. Freon is circulated over and over by your air conditioning system to cool the air. (via)

    Leaking Freon circulating through your house is not healthy. This needs to be taken care of by an HVAC professional. 

  • Scraping – Air Conditioners have 2 fan blades. This type of noise means these might be loose, causing them to scrape against the unit walls or other parts of the AC. An AC technician will be able to get this taken care of fairly quickly.

Hopefully, this list helped you troubleshoot your Air Conditioning unit or system. As always, if you have any questions about something your AC is doing, please call us at California Air Conditioning and ask. We are here to help! 310-530-0504

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5 Ways To Instantly Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Improve indoor air qualityDuring winter, we spend more time indoors. This is why it is very important to make sure that the air quality inside your home is suitable. Breathing in impure air is hazardous to the health of you, your family, and your pets. Read on for 5 things you can do today to instantly improve the quality of the air inside your home. Keep your family happy and healthy!

HOW AIR INSIDE OUR HOMES GETS CONTAMINATED

There are many ways air inside our homes gets polluted.girl-lying-on-floor

  • Dust, dirt, allergens, and bacteria picked up by our clothes and shoes while we’re outside
  • Solutions we use in cleaning our home
  • Having several people in a closed space without proper ventilation
  • Chemicals used in manufacturing common items found around our homes including paint, ink, rubber, carpet, furniture varnish, paper, etc.
  • Dead skin cells make up a significant portion of household dust

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIX THIS TODAY

There are several things you can start today, that will drastically improve the indoor air quality of your home.

1. cleaning-brushVacuum, mop, and dust regularly. Allergens and dust get stuck to our clothes while we are out, and then are brought inside the house when we come home. Bacteria and dirt gets tracked into the house on our shoes. Avoid these from causing sickness in your home by prompt cleaning.

2. Don’t allow smoking in the house. WebMD states:

“Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Research shows that secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of developing ear and respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For the smoker, this addiction causes cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke.”

3. Call a licensed professional HVAC contractor to check and change the ductwork and air filters in your home. If you are in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas, we at California Air would be happy to come help you out! We have provided quality HVAC services to these areas for over 25 years. Call us at 310-530-0504 or click here to schedule a service call.air-ducts-ad

4. Get a house plant. A study done by NASA indicates the powerful effect the following plants have in cleansing the air inside homes.

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Crack open the window. Most heating systems just recirculate air, and don’t bring in fresh air. This just causes the dust, germs, and chemicals already in the air to move around within the home. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends bringing in outside air, if even just for a little bit. This gets rid of some of those pollutants, and brings in fresher air from the outdoors.

By following these tips to improve your indoor air quality, you can get a healthier house, starting today!family-eating


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