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What You Should Know About Carbon Monoxide

What You Should Know About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. It’s also toxic to humans. Breathe enough of it in, and it is ultimately fatal. Carbon monoxide is often called a silent killer – precisely because humans cannot sense when they are exposed to it. Having carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home is the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Before you do, however, here are a few things to consider.

Where Are the Main Sources of Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

Carbon monoxide is produced by fuel-burning devices like your furnace, gas-powered clothes dryer, and your fireplace or chimney. Scheduling annual maintenance by an HVAC professional is a key practice in preventing a carbon monoxide leak.

Where Should You Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

Hiring a professional is the best way to install a carbon monoxide detector, but if you choose to do it yourself, then place one on every level of your home. To increase the safety of you and your family, place extra detectors in every bedroom and the common room.

Where Should the Carbon Monoxide Detectors Be Located When Installed?

There is a prevailing myth that carbon monoxide is heavier than air, and therefore, you should place carbon monoxide detectors nearer to the floor. The truth is that carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air, and so the detectors should be placed approximately 5 feet from the floor to catch the gas as it’s rising on warm air currents.

How Often Should You Test and Replace Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

It is suggested by experts to test your detectors monthly, but any regularly scheduled testing will suffice as long as it is fairly frequent. If you have a detector that uses batteries, then replacing those batteries should be done every six months. Check your specific manufacturer for the lifetime of your detector, but most last between 5 to 7 years.

To find out more about carbon monoxide detectors and installation, contact Nipper Electric and learn how to protect your family from carbon monoxide.