As autumn arrives, now is a great time to begin thinking about your house’s carbon monoxide detectors. When heating season starts, the Centers for Disease Control says the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning builds.
Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. It’s a product of combustion your gas furnace uses to warm your house. When your heater is working as it should, the gas is securely 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 ongoing exposure can be lethal.
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 loved ones is by scheduling regular maintenance of all gas, oil, or wood burning appliances, such as your furnace and water heater, and using a carbon monoxide detector. From plug-in to smart carbon monoxide detectors, there’s a solution 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 loved ones safe. They’re frequently 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 downside of using Wi-Fi carbon monoxide detectors is the cost. These detectors are sometimes much higher-priced than their plug-in or battery-powered counterparts. But they also provide many helpful and worthy features you don’t receive in a non-smart device.
When you’re installing a new device, it’s crucial to understand where to attach carbon monoxide detectors. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests placing a carbon monoxide detector at least five feet above the floor or on the ceiling. This is because carbon monoxide can rise with hot air.
We recommend using a detector on each floor of your house, especially outside bedrooms. You’ll want to be certain the noise will wake you up.
Plug-in and battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors are the most affordable. A few of the most popular styles are Kidde carbon monoxide detectors and First Alert carbon monoxide detectors.
But they also have fewer features that aren’t compatible 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 suggests testing hardwired carbon monoxide alarms every month. Battery-powered detectors that don’t plug in need to be tested every week. If you’re concerned about how to test for carbon monoxide, it’s pretty easy. Depress the button to be certain your detector is running.
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 swap it once a month to avoid the annoying chirp in the middle of the night.
If you’re noticing noise or your carbon monoxide detector is beeping regularly, it often means 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 dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector is going off with constant, loud beeping, leave your house right away and contact 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 Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can provide support. Contact us at 210-404-4233 today and we’ll help you select the perfect carbon monoxide detector for your house.
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