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Co Monitoring & Your Family

Carbon Monoxide is a gas made of one part carbon and one part oxygen. This gas is colorless, odorless and toxic that comes from carbon fuel that fails to burn completely. These gases are hazardous in confined spaces and can be extremely dangerous.

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Eventually the symptoms turn lethal without treatment.

The NSI low level monitor senses CO levels as low as 5 ppm (parts per million). Infants, children, elderly, persons with respiratory or heart ailments are provided little or no protection from deadly CO with standard alarms. Longterm exposure to Low-level CO above 15 ppm can cause illness and even permanent disabilities.

We recommend that every house should have a carbon monoxide detector. Please see the flyer here for more information. Contact us today if you would like one installed in your home.


Learn How a CO Monitor Can Protect Your Family Here

Tips to Heat and Cool Efficiently

Have your equipment checked and cleaned before the heating and air conditioning season starts.

Change your air filter regularly

Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you money every year in energy costs. Change the batteries in your thermostat once a year.

Seal your heating and cooling ducts

Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system .
Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap the ducts in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next, seal ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.