As autumn arrives, now is a great time to start thinking about your house’s carbon monoxide detectors. When heating season begins, 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 uses to warm your house. When your furnace is running as it should, the gas is correctly transported outside of your house. Breaks in your furnace’s heat exchanger or flue pipes can cause carbon monoxide to seep into your house, where prolonged exposure can be deadly.
Although carbon monoxide poisoning is avoidable, the CDC says at least 430 people in the U.S. die from it every year. And another approximately 50,000 people go 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 a model available that fits for your house 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 often offered 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 benefits of using them in your house:
The only problem with using Wi-Fi carbon monoxide detectors is the cost. These detectors are sometimes much more expensive than their plug-in or battery-powered counterparts. But they also offer many helpful and worthy features you won’t find in a non-smart device.
When you’re getting a new device, it’s crucial to understand where to attach carbon monoxide detectors. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends placing a carbon monoxide detector around five feet above the floor or on the ceiling. This is because carbon monoxide can rise with warm air.
We recommend using a detector on each floor of your house, especially outside bedrooms. You’ll want to be sure the beeping will wake you up.
Plug-in and battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors are the most reasonable. 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 urges testing hardwired carbon monoxide alarms each month. Battery-powered detectors that don’t plug in need to be tested weekly. If you’re concerned about how to test for carbon monoxide, it’s pretty easy. Use the button to ensure your detector is working.
If your detector is hardwired, make sure to swap the backup battery at least annually. 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 intermittently, it usually signals it has a low battery. Or, it’s approaching the end of its life. How long carbon monoxide detectors last depends on the brand you own. Typically, it’s around 5–10 years, but make sure to review instructions from your device’s manufacturer.
If you’re confused about why your carbon monoxide detector is beeping, it’s often due to the fact it’s detected dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector is going off with constant, loud beeping, leave your house as quickly as possible and dial 911.
Now is an excellent time to ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working as it should before heating season starts. If you need to request furnace maintenance or you’re interested in upgrading to smart carbon monoxide detectors, the Experts at Levy & Son Service Experts can provide support. Contact us at 469-250-0932 today and we’ll help you select the ideal carbon monoxide detector for your house.
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