Aside from physical structures, like faulty windows or doors, there can be other hidden issues you don’t even know about. Here are a few potential hazards inside your home that you should check for issues to prevent major problems or even tragedies.
Gas leaks are a common danger many people don’t notice at first. Most gases, like carbon monoxide, are odorless and invisible. Not only does this make them difficult to identify, they can cause serious health complications.
Carbon monoxide can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. In some cases, exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to death.
Some gases are easier to identify because they have a rotten-egg type of smell. Regardless, there are ways to keep you and your family safe.
You can install a carbon monoxide detector, which will sound if a gas leak is detected. You can also contact a professional who can also check for potential sources of leaks.
A furnace is a normal and necessary part of most homes, but like other items, it can come with its own unique set of issues. If your home has a furnace, you need to know the possible risks. A faulty furnace shouldn’t cause you any trouble. All you need to do is keep it maintained regularly.
However, a faulty or improperly installed furnace is an entirely different issue. If your furnace isn’t in good condition, there are a number of issues which may come up.
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The fuel may leak out, which is a fire and health hazard. If you have an electrical furnace and your home’s electrical system isn’t properly set up to accommodate it, the furnace can tamper with your electrical system and cause the fuse box to constantly trip.
A furnace can also negatively affect your ductwork, which is what distributes the heat the furnace creates. Finally, a faulty furnace can inflate your utility bills while not performing the way it should.
The exact problems you experience depends on the type of furnace you have, its age, and a number of other issues. Either way, you should talk to a furnace repair service for further investigation. If your current furnace cannot be safely repaired, you may need to consider a new furnace installation.
Volatile Organic Compounds
You may think that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the same as gases. However, unlike traditional gases, many VOCs are found in basic household products.
For example, certain brands of paint can release fumes that are not safe to breathe in. Other examples of products that contain VOCs include cleaners, bleach, aerosols, and disinfectants.
Similar to gases, being exposed to VOCs can cause symptoms like headaches and skin irritation. More serious health risks include irritated lungs and damage to your central nervous system. If you have any problems breathing or feel light-headed, go see a doctor immediately.
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Keeping your home safe, both inside and out, involves knowing what to look for and how to handle any issues you find. Make a checklist of everything you feel needs attention, and if you find anything that needs to be repaired, make it a priority to do so.
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