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by gold stone (2019-05-25)

What excites me is nothing more The Backpack Electricity System Review than to look out my front door and see wilderness and nature for as far as the eye can see. But you're going to need electric power.Do YOU have $27,000 to plunk down on a solar panel system? No? Neither do I. But then I found out how I could do it for under $200. Then life started getting interesting. Then I started only smiling at that alarm clock instead of slapping it.We hear it everywhere. The push to save energy on our homes by performing improvements such as adding insulation, caulking windows, and weather stripping doors. But if you are performing these improvements yourself instead of hiring a professional company, you need to consider carbon monoxide safety before air sealing your home. This is especially important if your home is old and has gas powered appliances.How can improving your home's air leakage possibly cause a potential danger? This is something you probably have not even though of, but if your home is leaky and has gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves, you need to make sure that these appliances are operating and venting properly before attempting air sealing your home. When was the last time you had these checked and tested to made sure that they are not emitting carbon monoxide into your home? CO is an odorless and colorless by-product gas that can cause nausea and severe headaches in low amounts in the air, to death in high concentrates. Many people suffer from illnesses caused from carbon monoxide exposure and don't even know it.Most older homes had furnaces and water heaters installed in interior closets that were shared with the living areas of the home with louvered doors and openings to the doors to these closets to take combustible air from the living space and if not vented properly, could cause carbon monoxide to leak into the home. Newer construction now require these to take their combustible air from the attic or exterior and the doors to the enclosures are sealed off form the home's living space. This is why you need to have these tested to make sure they are safe. Air conditioning and heating companies can perform a CO test with an analyzer and should be performed yearly.So how can it be unsafe to simply air seal the home without testing for CO first? If the home is very leaky, CO can exit the house through openings around windows, doors, fireplaces etc. and when you suddenly seal up the house, this carbon monoxide can no longer escape and build up in the home at higher levels.