Commercial HVAC Systems: Are You At Risk For Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a gas that can have deadly consequences. You’ve heard the horror stories of people that have been impacted by this colorless, odorless gas.
So as a responsible business owner, you err on the side of safety and ensure your HVAC is safe and secure for all who enter your commercial space. That’s why you have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your space, right?
But what you may not realize is that might not be enough. Even if no one is hurt if a leak happens, there are still consequences that can impact your bottom line. The more you know ahead of time, the more you can eliminate the risks before they occur.
Not all detectors go off at the same levels, especially the kind that are installed in the ceiling or hard-wired to your electrical system. They are programmed to sound only at certain levels, which is often dangerous enough to cause severe problems or even death.
According to the CDC, prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide at low levels is enough for people to experience a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, and nausea. If you have a heart condition, you may experience chest pain. And in a commercial location, that means a lot of people can be impacted every day.
It’s also important to note that problems can arise in a variety of ways. Since many carbon monoxide leaks come from your heating system, it’s important to have a reliable HVAC professional inspect and maintain your system on a regular basis. But don’t forget about other potential problems in your commercial application as well. If you own a restaurant, for example, you should get a company that can also service and inspect your gas-burning cooking appliances.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have carbon monoxide detectors in place. They can be a lifesaver and ensure the safety of everyone if they do detect a problem. Don’t take any reading lightly. It’s better to err on the side of safety and have your heating and ventilation system checked out at any sign of a problem. Better yet, regularly maintain your system to ensure it is always operating at its optimal level. You’ll know when potential problems are on the horizon and have the ability to make intelligent decisions rather than responding to emergencies.