What to Look for in a Carbon Monoxide Detector
CO, or carbon monoxide gasses, are the tasteless, colorless, and odorless byproducts of incomplete fuel burning. Such fuels include the wood, oil, propane, and gasoline that are commonly used in many home appliances. High levels of consumed CO can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, a dangerous and fatal condition. A carbon monoxide detector is a great way for New Jersey homeowners to monitor their indoor CO levels.
Carbon monoxide detectors work much like common smoke alarms. They use a high-pitched alarm to alert occupants whenever high levels of CO are detected. A precise CO detector will help homeowners and their families react appropriately. Here are some factors you should look out for when shopping for a carbon monoxide detector for you home:
- Electrochemical sensor. The Northeast is prone to frequent humidity and temperature changes which make it important to select a detector with an electrochemical sensor. This feature prevents the device from reacting to these changes, in addition to preventing false readings caused by common household chemicals.
- End-of-life warning. Carbon monoxide detectors have a designated lifespan. Choose an option that promises long equipment life and that will alert you when it needs replacing.
- UL listed. Look for a carbon monoxide detector that adheres to the stringent independent third-party standards established by the Underwriters Laboratories. A unit with a printed UL tag proves it has passed strict safety testing.
- Digital display. Choose a CO detector with an easy-to-read digital display screen that will allow you to clearly read the CO levels present in its installed area. Many models will update this reading every 15 seconds.
- Voice warning. New carbon monoxide detectors feature a voice warning that clearly announces a carbon monoxide threat in tandem with the traditional alarm beeping. It is important to note that carbon monoxide detectors should not replace precautionary measures. Be sure that you operate all fuel-burning appliances and equipment according to their manufacturer recommendations and that a detector is installed on every floor in addition to sleeping rooms.
To learn more about the benefits of installing a carbon monoxide detector, contact your local HVAC experts at Sobieski Services.
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