Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Choosing The Right Type Of Device

Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless and invisible gas, is a potentially dangerous enemy that’s hard to detect without the use of a carbon monoxide detector. CO detectors are available in various models, brands and types, so trying to figure out which CO detector is right for your home can be a daunting task. But the choice can be easier when you realize that there’s two basic differences between types – those operated by batteries and those that are connected to your household current, either hardwired or plugged in. Each type has its own positive and negative aspects that you should take into consideration in order to choose the right carbon monoxide detector for your home.

Carbon Monoxide Detector – Battery Operated

  • Since these detectors run on a simple battery, you can install them at any location in the house.Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Choosing The Right Type Of Device
  • Installation is easy and typically requires only a nail and a hammer.
  • To save the battery, the detector does not display a lot of information.
  • It’s typically a plain Jane detector that only alerts you when the CO levels are high.
  • The detector should be replaced every three years.
  • You must reset the detector manually after it goes off.
  • The battery requires replacing regularly to keep the detector working.

Carbon Monoxide Detector – Household Current Operated

  • The detector will reset itself automatically once the CO levels are safe.
  • The detector tests the air for CO levels continuously and updates the display with this information every few minutes.
  • You should replace the whole detector every five to 10 years.
  • It requires minimum maintenance to keep it working properly.
  • The detector must be hard-wired into the electrical system that is running through the home, though some can be plugged in.
  • Hardwired models are somewhat difficult to install, and the location of installation is limited.

Choosing the right type of detector depends on what needs your household requires. No matter what type you choose, a CO detector will help keep your home and family safe from possible carbon monoxide exposure.

For more information on selecting a carbon monoxide detector, contact the experts at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been serving Greater Cleveland for more than 77 years.

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