A Haunted Home—Gas Leaks and Hallucinations

‘Tis the season for scary stories and movies. So, we have one for you. You and your friends decide to go camping. You ask your cousin if you can use his cabin, your bags are packed, and your car is gassed. You arrive at night, dump your bags into the house, and dive into bed. The next morning you all wake up with raging headaches. You guys take a few Tylenol and move on with your planned hike, but it begins to rain. So, you head back to the cabin.

After an afternoon of board games, you are all surprised by how fatigued you feel and go to bed. Having gone to sleep pretty early the night before, three out of the four of you wake up in the middle of the night. You are chatting in the living room when you get an eerie feeling someone is watching you. You go to walk around the house when you see it—a ghost.

You scream for your friends, but they claim they don’t see anything, and when you turn around, the ghost is gone. They go back to bed, but you lay awake with your heart racing. Are you going crazy? Is your cousin’s cabin haunted? Or is something else wrong? You don’t understand what is happening, and you’re officially spooked. It may be that the house really is haunted; however, it is more likely that your cousin’s cabin has a carbon monoxide leak—and you have been poisoned—than it is for you to have had a supernatural experience. Either way, you are out that cabin first thing in the morning. You’ve seen too many horror films to stick around.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Colorless, odorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide is incredibly hard to detect. And, when you become exposed to it, you can become extremely ill. When inhaled, carbon monoxide makes its way into your bloodstream, attaching to your hemoglobin molecules, which typically carry oxygen. And, when carbon monoxide binds to these molecules, oxygen can’t. Your oxygen levels then decrease, and you become poisoned.

When you have a low level of carbon monoxide leaking into your home, over a long period of time, you may think you have the flu. Get your indoor air quality inspected to ensure your symptoms are not a result of a carbon monoxide leak. When you have a high level of carbon monoxide flooding into your home, you will notice a drastic shift in your state of being, such as an inability to retain information.

Here are additional symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Chest Pain

  • Difficulty Walking

  • Extreme Mood Swings

  • Fatigue

  • Hallucinations

  • Headaches

  • Impaired Memory

  • Irregular Breathing

  • Nausea

  • Numbness In Limbs

  • Personality Changes

  • Vision Problems

If you fail to treat these symptoms you can become unconscious, have a seizure, and in severe cases, enter a coma. If you have extreme poisoning, you may sustain permanent damage from carbon monoxide exposure. Otherwise, breathing fresh oxygen will clear your system.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Fuel-burning appliances in your home—furnaces, stoves, ovens, grills—all have a carbon monoxide supply. If these household essentials are not properly vented, spring a leak, or burst completely, your indoor air quality becomes jeopardized.

If you notice any of the mentioned symptoms, get your heating system inspected by a professional HVAC technician immediately.

How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Get All Of Your Appliances Professionally Installed

Always have an experienced technician install your heat-burning appliances. DIY installations are typically the source of unexpected gas leaks, as it takes training to understand everything that goes into successfully venting your appliances.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Just as you have smoke detectors in your home, you need carbon monoxide detectors. Especially since carbon monoxide is impossible for a human to detect, this technology will let you know when you have a leak.

Get Your Heating System Inspected Before Use

Before using your heating system for the first time this winter, get it maintained! Professional heater maintenance will ensure your system is running efficiently. If there are any malfunctions, they will be caught before they cause harm to you or your family.

If a broken part is found, you may need furnace repair. If you have a leak, 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating will be able to locate it and restore it. If you need a new heating system, one of our skilled professionals will perform your new heater installation.

For all of your home HVAC needs contact 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, at (830) 302-3140. We are here to protect your indoor air quality.

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