Carbon monoxide

Avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide, the invisible enemy, can kill a human in less than three minutes.

There is no simple cure for carbon monoxide poisoning. Treatment regimens for sufferers tend to be very complex.

How can carbon monoxide poisoning be prevented?

Carbon monoxide (СО) is a highly toxic gas that is also colourless, odourless and tasteless. It forms when fuel (natural gas, coal, petrol, etc.) is combusted without sufficient oxygen. The first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, light-headedness, coughing, nausea, ringing in the ears and blurred vision.

According to experts there are two main causes of carbon monoxide poisoning in the domestic environment: defective heating equipment and inadequate ventilation. Strict compliance with a number of important rules ensures the correct operation of gas appliances, saving lives.

Adequate ventilation

High-quality air exchange in any home with gas appliances or a gas-fired domestic furnace is strongly advised. To prevent the formation of carbon monoxide when natural gas or other fuels are burned, it is absolutely necessary to make sure there is an uninterrupted supply of oxygen in the immediate vicinity of the appliance and to make sure that flue and exhaust are operating correctly. There are several methods for doing this.

For example, leaving a window open goes against the principles of an energy-efficient home. Using a Prana system to ensure adequate ventilation of the premises creates safe conditions for using gas-fired appliances and furnaces, since the air supply and air extraction levels are set by the user.

Prana’s innovative dMVHR (decentralised Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery) technology can reclaim the environment by deploying a combination of humidity, atmospheric, CO2, CO and temperature sensors to monitor the air and then bring in the required amount of clean, ionised oxygen via a copper heat exchanger that is also an efficient conductor with natural antiseptic properties. This combats carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide by replenishing the oxygen in the air, maintaining it at an ideal level. The system can detect gas leaks as well as CO2 and CO build-up. If Prana detects a build-up of CO2 or CO, it will automatically work at full capacity to clean the air. In a worst-case scenario, this could give you valuable time to remove yourself from a dangerous environment.

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Prana recuperator/ventilation units utilise an innovative system of sensors to monitor, correct and control the airflow in any indoor environment. These sensors can detect changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature, air quality, CO2 build-up and humidity, enabling Prana to easily outperform rival systems on the market.