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Carbon Monoxide Leaks And Their Dangers

You know that your central heating system and your boiler should be serviced once per year. In fact it’s written on a sticker on the unit itself but do you pay attention to it? Do you schedule a professional company to come and check it for you every year? If you’re like most people then the answer is “No” simply because if it isn’t broken then why does it need fixing right?

The problem with a faulty heating unit is that you won’t know there’s a problem with it until it’s too late. When a heating system is faulty one of the main and most dangerous issues is that it’s probably leaking carbon monoxide into your home. Unlike the gas used in your cooker carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless and the only thing that gives it away are a list of symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing problems
  • Flu symptoms
  • Sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Memory issues
  • Indecision

– and that’s just the short list of symptoms for exposure to mild levels of carbon monoxide. In severe cases of exposure to very high levels of this gas leak you’ll simply fall asleep, go into a coma and die. The scariest part is that you won’t feel ill or panicked. You’ll simply fall asleep and possibly never wake up again.

That’s why it’s so, so important to have your central heating system checked for internal leak especially if you have any ongoing symptoms that are similar or identical to the ones listed above here.

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