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Carbon Monotxide Testing

Carbon Monoxide Testing

The importance of Carbon Monoxide testing

Carbon monoxide (CO) is extremely deadly, which is why detecting CO in your home is absolutely important. Often referred to as “the silent killer”, CO doesn't smell, taste and cannot be seen, but consistent exposure to CO leaks can cause serious illness or death.

At MZ Air, we specialise in servicing gas ducted heaters and brands, gas log fires and wall furnaces, which is why we recommend having these appliances tested at least once every 1-2 years.

Here are some of the questions or key performance indicators MZ Aircon wants you to take note of:

Is your gas heater safe?

It doesn’t make a sound. You can’t see it or smell it. But while your gas heater is running, carbon monoxide could be spilling into your home. All gas heaters can spill CO and while the gas is not visible to the naked eye, constant exposure to it will make you seriously sick and worse, kill you.

To ensure your gas heater is safe, MZ Air recommends the following-

1) Servicing your heater once every two years, by a qualified gasfitter. 2) Checking for safety advice – some heaters need fresh air flow to operate safely. 3) Service your gas heater for winter. 4) Check if a safety alert has been issued for your gas heater. 5) Don’t use kitchen rangehoods or exhaust fans at the same time as your heater. This can create what is known as a negative pressure environment, where carbon monoxide is drawn into living spaces. 6) Don’t leave your gas heater on overnight, or for extensive periods. 7) Install a carbon monoxide alarm as a back-up measure. 8) If your heater is very old, consider replacing it. 9) Never bring portable outdoor gas appliances indoors.

Do you own a home?

We recommend contacting a qualified gasfitter as if you would find your local tradesperson; online or in your local paper. Ensure to check their licence to make sure they have the required qualifications to complete the service and testing.

Are you a tenant, landlord or real estate agent?

Your landlord or agent is responsible for servicing all gas heaters at least once every two years. Find out more about your rights and responsibilities, or contact MZ Air.

How can you tell if CO is making you sick?

Carbon monoxide building up inside your home can make you sick for a short time, have long-term health effects or even kill you and your family quickly. If you notice any of the following symptoms, they could be caused by carbon monoxide leaking from your heater.

- Dizziness - Feeling sick or nauseous - Headaches - People and/or pets getting sick at the same time - Feeling unwell only when you’re at home.

What to do if you notice the above symptoms?

- Call Nurse-on-Call, see a doctor or dial 000 in an emergency - Leave the house immediately and get into the fresh air - Turn off all gas appliances straight away, open windows and doors to let fresh air into the house - Do not use your heater until you have it checked by a qualified gasfitter. When searching for a gasfitter, you will need to check their qualifications and areas of expertise. There are two different types of gas appliances – Type A and Type B appliances. Type A appliances include domestic and light commercial type appliances such as cookers, space heaters, central heaters, water heaters, catering equipment and leisure appliances.
For more information, please get in touch with MZ Air.