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Old 11-24-2007, 11:03 PM
 
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Could someone please help. We live in a home that is 18 years old. My husband, my son and myself have been having a reaction to something in our house. Our eyes run, our nose gets stuffy or starts to run, eyes are sore or burn sometimes, and a weird taste in our mouth (bitter). It seems that the colder it is outside, the more the furnace runs, the sicker we get. We have had an air quality specialist come in, 3 furnace companies (who checked the furnace, A coil, looked up the ducts, put in a cold air return etc. etc.), had the ducts cleaned two years in a row, the filters checked, the gas company come, firefighters attend, checked the sump pump, the fireplace cleaned.....we are just not sure what else to do. Any help would be truly appreciated or perhaps if we can be referred to someone that might know.
Please email me at valistone@hotmail.com
Thank you
Vali Stone
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Could someone please help. We live in a home that is 18 years old. My husband, my son and myself have been having a reaction to something in our house. Our eyes run, our nose gets stuffy or starts to run, eyes are sore or burn sometimes, and a weird taste in our mouth (bitter). It seems that the colder it is outside, the more the furnace runs, the sicker we get. We have had an air quality specialist come in, 3 furnace companies (who checked the furnace, A coil, looked up the ducts, put in a cold air return etc. etc.), had the ducts cleaned two years in a row, the filters checked, the gas company come, firefighters attend, checked the sump pump, the fireplace cleaned.....we are just not sure what else to do. Any help would be truly appreciated or perhaps if we can be referred to someone that might know.
Please email me at valistone@hotmail.com
Thank you
Vali Stone
If htis was an oil fired furnace I would suspect proper draft for the burner, or possibly a failed heat exchanger. If it only does it when the furnace is running then I would repair or replace it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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Have you checked for carbon monoxide? Symptoms can be flu-like. They sell detectors at Home Depot.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:32 AM
 
Location: In a house
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If you've had everything checked....maybe it's the air getting dry from the use of the heater. I know I get a stuffy nose, my eyes burn and my husbands eyes water when I'm running the heater sometimes. I finally got a humidifier when I lived in CA. Now here in NC I thought it would be humid enough without one but since it's gotten cold and the heater is once again going I have started noticing these problems again. I don't recall getting a strange taste in my mouth though. It's something to consider. You might also want to be sure to put in really good filters!!
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Open your windows and air the place out now and then...or get an air exchange system.
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:25 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I would be extremly worried about carbon monoxide poisioning.
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Have you checked for carbon monoxide? Symptoms can be flu-like. They sell detectors at Home Depot.
ditto.........
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:54 PM
 
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ditto on the carbon monoxide...get that checked immediately...most gas companies will treat that like an emergency and come out and check right away...just do it...cannot hurt...I had a similar incident and that's what it was...trust me...check it NOW!!
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Old 11-26-2007, 01:33 PM
 
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Sounds like carbon monoxide. Get it checked NOW! Remember it was the first type of gas that the Nazis looked into.
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Old 11-27-2007, 07:41 AM
 
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Yikes sounds like Carbon Monoxide as well. Get a detector right away -- less than 20 bucks at walmart or Home depot.

Could your furnace be blowing out the exhaust correctly but then the Co2 is being sucked back into the house via a dryer vent, bathroom exhaust fan, another chimney flue?

Just a thought.

As you probably know this is serious stuff, C02 usually kills a couple of people a year in the New England area. Don't give up until you get to the bottom of this.
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