We’ve posted about CO in the past. It comes up in the news too often, and it is something we should all be concerned about. A case in Aspen, Colorado is moving to trial following the death of a family due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Aspen Daily News reported that According to the lawsuit, the boiler’s exhaust piping was disconnected, because it had been “neither properly primed, glued or sealed and was not securely attached, supported or braced in any way.” They also found that the vent to pull fresh air in was not connected to the outside so it only recirculated CO in the home.
This seems like gross negligence, and the reason why installers need to be certified, as well as why codes are in place. Even with this, systems fail when they are not maintained.
- Install a CO monitor and check it annually much like a smoke detector.
- Have your combustion appliances checked regularly.
- Regular HVAC service calls are important.
- Even better have a BPI certified auditor assess your home. It is part of a very thorough inspection of not only water heaters, furnaces and boilers, but also gas ovens and fireplaces, some things HVAC technicians may not normally inspect.