Letter From Gus
From the desk of: Gus Scorchio
Date: July 29, 2015
As you read through this web site I hope you’ll understand that I was reluctant, at first, to compile and make some of this information available. (I have more than 30 years in the HVAC business and have held positions as a mechanic, installer, sales representative, project manager, sales manager and upper management for some of the larger HVAC companies in North America. So, making a big deal over an accepted industry practice won’t put me on anyone’s Christmas card list.) Frankly this is a pet peeve and I’m getting it off my chest, so to speak.
Few people associated with the industry will be happy with what’s being disclosed or with the “tone” I’ve used. It goes against an established practice that has proved to be useful and profitable. And lately, I’ve received of number of harsh emails hoping the ambulance chasers get me for putting out, what they consider, “incorrect information.”
Most mechanics will dismiss it because it is contrary to what they’ve been told or taught in school. Heating and air conditioning contractors, service companies, safety and code enforcement authorities and even the government would probably prefer the status quo. The fewer questions you ask, the easier it is to get you to replace equipment and to conform to their way of thinking.
I’ve also had a number of contractors tell me they dislike that fact that I’ve painted the entire HVAC industry with a broad brush which brings their character into question. I agree with them in part, but I have to say … if the shoe fits … I’m probably pinching their toes. Most contractor firms employ honest, hard working people. Most service mechanics are also hard working and honest. However, you will find that most of them will NOT defy “established practice” even when they are shown that what they are doing is incorrect.
Now some contractors are advertising that they will show you the crack in your furnace’s heat exchanger. Insinuating, I guess, that their competitors may be using questionable tactics to condemn furnaces. The same contractor doesn’t say a word about actual carbon monoxide levels. They only say that they will prove that a crack exists.
First, become aware of the potential dangers and acquire a basic understanding of how your gas-fired equipment should operate. You’ll gain that understanding from this report. You need to know that your gas-fired appliances (furnace, boiler, kitchen oven) require large amounts of oxygen (freely available fresh air) to operate safely. When there are problems with fresh air, you’ll have problems with your equipment.
Keep in mind that your furnace flue is the most important safety device in your home. If the flue is intact, properly sized and operating, there is little chance of a problem. However, if fresh-air is not available or the flue cannot draft properly, carbon monoxide will build up in a short period of time.
Second, survey your home and equipment to make sure you haven’t been living with a hidden time-bomb.
“Carbon Monoxide Myths” is a 94-page fact-filled report that contains information that disproves the most prominent myths surrounding carbon monoxide and highlights some of the real dangers of having gas appliances in your home. There’s no earth shaking new science, no undercover, investigative reporting and nothing “mystical” or difficult to understand.
“Carbon Monoxide Myths” clearly explains:
- The hidden dangers of operating gas appliances
- Why the things mechanics don’t check can kill you
- Information NOT being explained by government agencies
- The basics of gas furnace operation
- How your stove and oven burn gas
- What to do when confronted with a diagnosis of “bad heat exchanger”
- How much air is required to operate a gas appliance
- Basic furnace flue concepts and how to check the flue
- How a heat exchanger really works
- Why you can’t just rely on a CO detector
- Why yearly maintenance is critical
- What NOT to do during power failures
- What to do when your CO alarm sounds but everything appears OK
- Carbon monoxide levels and what they mean
- Energy saving activities that do more harm than good
“Carbon Monoxide Myths” won’t turn you into a service mechanic, but it will make you an informed consumer and better able to predict and prevent carbon monoxide issues from becoming problems.
Read the top 12 myths about carbon monoxide and gas-fired appliances addressed in the report “Carbon Monoxide Myths”:
Most folks look over the 12 myths with disbelief. The items might appear contrary to common sense. But, once you understand what really occurs when your furnace kicks on, or why your CO detector alarms, or why your dryer could be the cause of draft problems, you’ll see why the furnace is only part of the story.
|I just read through Carbon Monoxide Myths and have to admit it was an eye opener. I didn’t realize how closing a door in the basement could affect what happens with my furnace flue! That saved us from having a real carbon monoxide problem!
|Marc C, Affton, MO
|Your report helped me understand why my CO detector kept going off during the summer. Here I was thinking winter time was when I should be careful. It turns out that you have to be carefull all the time. (My attic fan was causing my water heater flue to spill into the basement which set off the CO alarm in the family room.)
JoAnne T, Liberty, MO
I just to let you know that your report saved me a few thousand dollars in furnace cost. I had my system checked for the winter and would’nt you know it, the guy pulls out this little meter with a hose and tells me my furnace is putting out CO and should be replaced. He gave me a price on a more efficient furnace and said I needed to replace this one ASAP. I asked him the questions in your check list about bad heat exchangers. He could only answer one of them. I got a second opinion and the second company said they couldn’t find anything wrong with my furnace. That was a good thing since it is only 12 years old.
|Tony W, Rochester, NY
It’s NOT New Science, Just a Fresh Perspective
The information in this report is all field provable. There are NO leaps in science or hard to comprehend concepts or formulas. The information in the report is straight forward and based on guidelines in the International Fuel Gas Code and observable facts. (All code topics are referenced, and where possible, links to government information have been provided.) This report wasn’t written by some “gas engineer” who can tell you all about the gas combustion process and how efficiency can be enhanced. It was put together by someone with 30 years experience who questioned why people keep being injured and killed by carbon monoxide when every service guy in the world says their number one priority is safety.
Included in the report:
Carbon monoxide background information
Specific answers to the 12 carbon monoxide myths
Home Layout to illustrate back draft issues
- Gas appliance capacity and room size charts
- Fresh air charts and calculations
Home Survey Check List for CO Safety
Air Volume Chart and Checklist
Carbon Monoxide Detector Descriptions
Instead of relying on formulas, I’ve included capacity and size charts for items that need to be checked. This makes it easy to run down a check list to survey your home and make sure you have adequate air and enough open space to safely operate your appliances.
There are guides to help you find potential air volume and safety issues. These guides can be used to quickly eliminate an area as a potential trouble spot, or to zero in on the area and identify a problem.
Also included are printable checklists and charts to guide you through the process of surveying your home to help make sure you operate the appliances safely. It’s an easy read, with interesting facts and myth busting information.
Before you spend $40 to $80 on a carbon monoxide detector that may or may not protect you, spend less than $20 to find out what you should know about carbon monoxide and how to spot trouble.
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|PS: I’ll take the all the risk out of your purchase with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. If you’ve read through the report and found it wasn’t what you were looking for, contact me for a quick and courteous refund. All I ask is that you accompany your refund request with a note stating what you thought of the report and what you would have wanted for additional information.
PPS: This is a pdf formatted report that you’ll receive immediately after payment. If you have any delivery or server problems, email me at gus (at) carbonmonoxidemyths (dot) com and I’ll get them handled ASAP.