As autumn arrives, now is a great time to begin thinking about your residence’s carbon monoxide detectors. When heating season starts, the Centers for Disease Control says the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
Carbon monoxide is a harmful gas that’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. It’s a product of combustion your gas furnace depends on to warm your residence. When your heater is working as it should, the gas is securely transported outside of your residence. Cracks in your furnace’s heat exchanger or flue pipes can cause carbon monoxide to seep into your residence, where ongoing exposure can be deadly.
Although carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable, the CDC says at least 430 people in the U.S. are killed by it every year. And another approximately 50,000 people are transported to the emergency room thanks to related symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness and vomiting.
The best ways you can protect your family is by organizing regular maintenance of all gas, oil, or wood burning appliances, including your furnace and water heater, and using a carbon monoxide detector. From plug-in to smart carbon monoxide detectors, there’s an option available that fits for your residence and budget.
Smart carbon monoxide detectors, such as the Nest carbon monoxide detector, make it simple to keep on top of keeping your family safe. They’re frequently sold as combined carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and can usually be used with other smart home devices via Wi-Fi.
Here are a few other advantages of using them in your residence:
The only problem with using Wi-Fi carbon monoxide detectors is the cost. These detectors are sometimes much pricier than their plug-in or battery-powered counterparts. But they also offer many useful and worthy features you won’t get in a non-smart device.
When you’re installing a new device, it’s crucial to know where to attach carbon monoxide detectors. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests placing a carbon monoxide detector approximately five feet above the floor or on the ceiling. This is because carbon monoxide can rise with heated air.
We recommend using a detector on each floor of your residence, especially outside bedrooms. You’ll want to be certain the alarm will wake you up.
Plug-in and battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors are the most economical. A few of the most popular styles are Kidde carbon monoxide detectors and First Alert carbon monoxide detectors.
But they also have restricted features that don’t work with your phone or smart home devices. They tend to have a digital display and test button, which you’ll have to remember to use.
The National Fire Protection Association encourages testing hardwired carbon monoxide alarms once a month. Battery-powered detectors that don’t plug in ought to be tested every week. If you’re concerned about how to test for carbon monoxide, it’s pretty easy. Press the button to make sure your detector is working.
If your detector is hardwired, make sure to swap the backup battery at least every year. If it’s battery-powered, you’ll want to replace it once a month to skip the annoying chirp in the middle of the night.
If you’re noticing noise or your carbon monoxide detector is beeping regularly, it usually signals it has a low battery. Or, it’s approaching the end of its life. How long carbon monoxide detectors work depends on the brand you use. In general, it’s around 5–10 years, but make sure to review instructions from your device’s manufacturer.
If you’re concerned about why your carbon monoxide detector is beeping, it’s often due to the fact it’s detected hazardous concentration of carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector is going off with constant, loud beeping, leave your residence as quickly as possible and contact 911.
Now is an excellent time to ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working as it should before heating season begins. If you need to request furnace maintenance or you’re interested in upgrading to smart carbon monoxide detectors, the Experts at Air Engineers Service Experts can provide support. Reach us at 904-450-5672 today and we’ll help you select the ideal carbon monoxide detector for your residence.
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