Did you know that Carbon Monoxide (CO) exists in your home? Many of my clients will act surprised since their home detector has not gone off. You and your family could have exposure to low levels of chronic carbon monoxide that your home CO detector isn’t detecting. Even if you have a carbon monoxide detector that has a digital display reading of zero, the actual level of carbon monoxide is not zero. In fact, the CO in your home could be as high as 150.0 parts per million (ppm) for 50 minutes and still read zero according to CO alarm standards developed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL2034) in collaboration with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Why is this allowed? I can’t get a straight answer, but speculate that if people saw readings on their CO detectors higher than zero then they would call the fire department creating an unmanageable need to verify the CO levels in all homes at all times.
Ok, so what level is safe? We contend if your home is properly ventilated and appliances working as they should then your carbon monoxide levels should be comparable to outside. Typical levels outside will vary between 0-2ppm. We define levels below 3.0ppm in the normal zone, safe and comparable to most homes tested. Generally, the levels outside are generally higher in summer and lower in the winter. Homes that are well insulated, spray foamed, or too tight trap toxic pollutants including dangerous gasses like carbon monoxide.
At IndoorDoctor, 0ur fully calibrated meters will record the carbon monoxide in your home down to 0.0 parts per million to provide you true peace of mind as to the healthiness of your home regarding CO.
|OSHA PEL (General Industry)||50 ppm TWA|
|EPA TWA||9.0 ppm TWA|
|ASHRAE||9.0 ppm TWA|
|ACGIH TLV||25 ppm TWA|
|NIOSH REL||35 ppm TWA; 200 ppm Ceiling|
|NIOSH IDLH||1,200 ppm|