A flue gas analyzer is an instrument, either portable or stationary, designed to measure and record the amount and temperature of gases emitted in the flue or exhaust of various fossil-fueled appliances, including the internal combustion engines found in automobiles. The flue gas analyzer measures the amount of carbon monoxide and other gases emitted in the exhaust so that the efficiency of combustion can be evaluated, and dangerous gas emissions can be detected. Other gases detected can include carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, as well as sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

In addition, the analyzer can be used to monitor the ambient air for traces of carbon monoxide and other noxious gases that might otherwise go undetected.

Testing Appliances

To determine the safety and performance of home and commercial appliances, the flue gas analyzer measures the levels of the gases emitted to allow the potential for combustion problems to be evaluated. To measure emissions, a probe attached to the analyzer is placed in the exhaust of the appliance. The analyzer stores the measurements for later analysis, enabling the appliance to be diagnosed, evaluated and fine-tuned for optimal efficiency.

Monitoring Ambient Air

The flue gas analyzer also functions to monitor the ambient air to determine if carbon monoxide is leaking from an appliance into the surrounding space. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency rooms each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. As a result, 430 deaths occur. Because carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, a flue gas analyzer can literally be a life-saving device.

The flue gas analyzer is a high-performance and effective tool that offers substantial benefits in minimizing the loss of life and property damage as well as improving the performance and efficient combustion of fossil-fueled appliances.