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Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors should be in each frequently used room in the house. Start by adding detectors outside of bedrooms, the kitchen and common areas. For multi-story properties, at least one should be placed on each level, including the attic and basement.
There are two common installation options, hardwired and battery-operated. Hardwired carbon monoxide detectors connect to your home’s electricity and wiring – which may require a professional. Battery-operated CO detectors are usually wireless, easy to install and less of a concern during power failures. Luckily, most hardwired carbon monoxide detectors now include a backup battery to ensure protection even during an outage.
Keep carbon monoxide detectors out of reach to avoid tampering. For the best carbon monoxide detector placement, place them at knee level – often the height of a sleeper’s nose and mouth. If you have children and pets, place them at chest length or as high as needed to keep them out of reach.
When you travel, consider traveling with a small, TSA approved CO detector for your rental property or hotel just in case one’s not installed. These can easily be plugged into a power outlet and powered on with the touch of a single button.
Benefits of Different CO Detector Features
Without warning, carbon monoxide can creep into the body and quickly become life-threatening. Picking the right carbon monoxide detector can help save your life and home. With many options to choose from, here are the benefits of different carbon monoxide detectors. But before buying, don’t forget to check your state’s regulations.
- Temperature adjusting carbon monoxide detectors. Alarms that keep temperatures top of mind often limits nuisance alarms in the event of humidity or fluctuating temperatures to accurately measure carbon monoxide levels.
- Alarm clock carbon monoxide detectors. Simply put, these alarms accurately detect the carbon monoxide PPM and offer different alarm sounds based on the PPM and estimated amount of time to safely evacuate. For example, 50 PPM detection alarms giving 60 – 90 minutes to evacuate. But, just because alarms buy time, leave the home immediately. There’s no guessing how quickly carbon monoxide levels will rise.
- Duo smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These CO detectors are cost-effective space savers to avoid maintaining different alarms. The all-in-one detector uses a smoke sensor and a carbon monoxide sensor with the same power source and alerts tailored to the danger detected.
- Smart CO detectors. Carbon monoxide alarms with smart technology go beyond the detector basics. High-tech features such as smartphone notifications and monitoring using a mobile app ensure a safe home when away.
Popular smart carbon monoxide alarms use control panels or mobile apps to manage programmable voice location settings. The alarm’s voice clearly states the room where carbon monoxide is detected. Most of these detectors connect to other home smart devices seamlessly for a safe and closely monitored home.
Carbon monoxide continues to be a silent threat in today’s homes. Understanding the ins and outs of carbon monoxide and preventative measures can protect your valuables and loved ones. With a firm grasp on the poisonous gas, you’ll be able to decide on the right detector with ease.