When you crank up the heat this winter, you want to be sure that the harmful byproducts of combustion are being properly vented out of your home. Unfortunately, without some form of carbon-monoxide detector, you can’t really be sure.
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, you’re helpless against the harmful effects of carbon monoxide, a gas that is virtually undetectable by the human senses. Exposure to this gas should not be taken lightly, as it can cause serious health issues, and in extreme cases, even cause death.
With that in mind, we recommend:
- Installing at least one carbon-monoxide detector on each level of your home.
- Installing your detector no more than 15 feet away from your bedroom, so the alert will be audible even during sleep.
- Placing detectors between eye level and 10 feet high.
- Placing detectors near trouble spots such as your furnace, but avoiding areas that are known for high levels of humidity.
To ensure maximum protection, consider carbon monoxide detectors with the following features:
- UL or ETL labels – This guarantees that the detector is up to current safety code.
- Battery backup – Without this feature, you have no means of carbon-monoxide detection during a power outage, a time when many households turn to alternative heating sources such as kerosene heaters, which are producers of carbon monoxide.
- Voice warnings – With this feature, you’ll receive detailed assessments of carbon monoxide threats, right down to the actual location.
- LCD display – This feature provides an ongoing record of your carbon-monoxide levels, which can come in handy should exposure or, worse still, poisoning occur.
- Wireless networking – This option connects all of your carbon monoxide detectors wirelessly, sending alerts to all detectors throughout the home.
With the right carbon monoxide detector in place, you can ensure that your family is safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure. If you need help selecting a model for use in your household, our trained technicians are standing by to guide the decision-making process. For more information, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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