Appliances are a way of life in the world. Dryer vents, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters are just a few that you’ll find in homes all across America. Many of these appliances produce carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and virtually impossible for humans to detect. But beware – carbon monoxide can be a killer. It’s for that reason that we install carbon monoxide detectors inside our homes. However if they’re not placed correctly, they won’t be as effective and that can be a huge detriment to your safety.
Today, we’re going to discuss what Carbon monoxide detectors are, why they’re so important and where you should install them in your home so as to best ensure your family’s safety. Let’s jump right in!
What is a carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide detectors sound an alarm when it detects a dangerous level of carbon monoxide in the air. Carbon monoxide is poisonous – and can kill you silently. These detectors serve as the fastest method to make you aware before levels become too dangerous. Generally speaking – there are three kinds of sensors:
-Electrochemical sensors – which use an electrode-carrying chemical solution that reacts to changes in currents that come in contact with carbon monoxide.
-Biomimetic Sensors – That use gel and change color once they come in contact with carbon monoxide.
-Metal oxide semiconductors – that use a silica chip to detect carbon monoxide.
Where should you place your detector?
For the quick, abbreviated rundown – you should place your carbon monoxide detectors in the following places:
-Near each bedroom
-On each level of your home
-Near doors that lead to a garage
Here’s why: Everyone in your home needs to be able to hear the alarm when it goes off. Carbon monoxide is lighter than air and distributes evenly. That’s why detectors should be placed about five feet or so beneath your ceiling. If possible – try to place them 15 feet or so away from windows, vents and fans as trickle from the outside could set the alarm off and create nuisance.
Above all – install carbon monoxide detectors exactly the way the manufacturer’s instructions tell you to. If you’re not confident you can do that – call a professional to come and install them.
Whether you need carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors or other fire prevention systems, give our team a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!