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A General Guide to Pool Heating Options – Part 8

Gas pool heaters and carbon monoxide

If you notice a smell similar to strong exhaust fumes around a gas pool heater there is a good chance that you may be inhaling unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Proper installation and ventilation are crucial in order to reduce carbon monoxide levels:

  • Never enclose a gas pool heater that is intended for outdoor use
  • Try not to place a pool heater beneath or near any windows or doors
  • If your pool heater is beneath a window consider moving it or covering the window, it doesn’t take long to fill a room with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide
  • If your gas pool heater must be installed indoors exhaust venting must be attached to the heater
  • Maintain all exhaust fans and ducts to ensure they’re clear of dust, debris or any other obstructions
  • If your pool heater is inside a shed, or worse yet, in the basement, be sure to install carbon monoxide detectors

It’s worth repeating, you should always exercise care and caution when working with gas pool heaters. In fact, it’s always best to have a qualified technician check your pool heating system annually. A technician will check for proper combustion, ventilation, carbon monoxide levels and more to ensure proper pool heater operation. In turn, ensuring pool owners enjoy a warm pool and an extended swimming season no matter what the temperature is outside.

If you missed it here is part 1 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 2 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 3 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 4 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 5 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 6 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options
part 7 of A General Guide to Pool Heating options

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