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 Lincoln's Greener Savings Blog 
Wednesday, October 23 2013

Carbon Monoxide is a serious threat to family health and safety.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning death in the U.S. But even low level exposure over time while not lethal has been linked to respiratory illness. Because of this Lincoln recommends:

  1. Annual maintenance service for your fuel-burning heaters by your Balanced HVAC professional. Many HVAC technicians merely "eyeball" the flame before making adjustments to your fuel-burner. Balanced HVAC has invested in the training and the precision instruments to guide our adjustments to achieve optimal safety, performance and energy-efficiency.
  2. Continual monitoring of your home's air with smoke and CO detector/alarms.
  3. Preferably CO monitoring with the NSI 3000 -- the only monitor/alarm that employs the same electrochemical technology sensor technology used in the precision instruments we use in our service and installations.

Your Smoke and CO Detector/Alarms May Need Changing.

Consumer's Reports Buying Guide to home safety devices warns of "limited useful life" for smoke and CO alarms. They recommend replacement of "CO detectors every five years and smoke alarms every 10 years."

We offer both:

  • A combination smoke/CO detector by Kidde
  • The NSI 3000 -- for the ULTIMATE in family health and safety.

We encourage all owners of fuel-burning heaters to install the NSI 3000 -- particularly those with elderly, infant or infirm family members. The fine print on the packaging of standard carbon monoxide detectors warns that these devices are designed to protect individuals ONLY from acute (lethal) effects of exposure but "may not fully safeguard individuals" with specific medical conditions like cardiac and respiratory illness or CO sensitivity. Because symptoms of long-term low level exposure are so similar to those of colds and flu, these CO poisonings are often misdiagnosed by medical professionals.

Almost 5X more sensitive, the NSI 3000 professional CO detector -- available only from your heating/cooling professional -- will alert you to levels of contamination standard detectors routinely miss. It offers a sensitivity setting that sounds an alarm after reaching 15 parts per million (PPM) for five minutes. Standard CO detectors don't alert you until concentrations reach 70 PPM for 3-1/2 hours.

While the higher measurement is sufficient to prevent lethal exposure, levels as low as 15-20 PPM can cause adverse health effects in many people according to the World Health Organization. Some medical studies report a marked increase in cardiac & respiratory complaints at 27 PPM.

Call us at 508-428-0974 or visit us online to
schedule maintenance service for your heater,
or call Lincoln to learn more about available smoke and CO alarms.

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