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Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas created during the process of combustion. This gas is a serious health hazard that can cause sickness and even death—but it is also impossible for humans to detect via sight, taste, or smell. Carbon monoxide detectors are simple but important devices that alert you to the buildup of CO gas inside your home, providing the warning you need to prevent the effects of CO poisoning. Your Atlanta heating and cooling service can provide you with accurate and personalized answers to your questions about carbon monoxide detectors and their benefits for your family and your home.

Which Appliances Create Carbon Monoxide?

Any appliance that incorporates combustion has the potential to create carbon monoxide. These appliances include gas stoves, gas dryers, and gas water heaters, as well as non-electric furnaces and space heaters, fireplaces, and woodstoves. Other devices capable of producing carbon monoxide in or around your home include automobiles, grills, lawnmowers, and other yard equipment. While some of these appliances and devices typically remain outside your home, any appliance or device that creates carbon monoxide can become a threat if the gas is created or can move within your living spaces.

Are There Different Types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

There are several types of carbon monoxide detectors available for home use. Some CO detectors are powered by batteries, while others are wired directly into your home’s electrical system. Additionally, carbon monoxide detectors may incorporate one of several different types of CO sensors, including both active and passive sensor technology. Every CO detector available on the market is rated by its sensitivity, as well as other characteristics such as power source, alarm volume, and longevity. Your heating and cooling service can help you determine which type of detector or which combination of detectors is best for your home.

How Many Carbon Monoxide Detectors Does My Home Need?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector in each hallway that provides access to a sleeping area in your property. You may also wish to install a CO detector in the general vicinity of a major fuel-burning appliance, such as a furnace or water heater; however, it’s typically not recommended to install CO alarms near stoves or immediately above fuel-burning appliances. Because each home is different, an experienced HVAC professional is one of your best resources when determining the right number of CO detectors for your home and their ideal placement throughout your property.

Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Require Maintenance?

CO detectors need very little maintenance, but they do require some attention over time. You can test your CO detector regularly based on the manufacturer’s instructions; your HVAC service will also test your detectors during heating and cooling tune-ups. However, testing your CO detector only determines whether it is receiving power, and won’t tell you whether the sensor is working properly. This is why it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and your heating service’s recommendations regarding detector lifetime and replacement, which will ensure that the sensor is capable of detecting CO in your home.

Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home with reliable carbon monoxide detectors is an important step toward ensuring your family’s health, happiness, and well-being. Our Atlanta heating and cooling experts are here to make sure that your family is protected with carbon monoxide detector installation and inspection, as well as complete heating repair and maintenance. If you’d like more details about our heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services in Atlanta, you can click through our website or explore our blog archive.