Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are so important in homes that the Ohio General Assembly passed a law that went into effect in 2013 requiring these detectors in all new homes. If your home uses any kind of combustible fuel or you have an attached garage, CO detectors should be on your must-have list for home safety.
CO is a colorless, odorless gas that’s the byproduct of incomplete combustion. This potentially lethal gas can drift in from an attached garage when motor vehicles are started or idled, through an open window when you’re mowing the lawn or barbecuing outdoors, or from gas appliances under roof.
Ideally, each level of your home should have a CO detector, but if you’re budgeting, placing one in the hallway outside the master bedroom will alert you as your family sleeps. The detector should be placed at eye level or higher and away from humid areas, like a bathroom or kitchen. CO detectors need to be 10 to 15 feet away from any appliance that emits CO, in order to prevent false alarms.
These detectors are available as hard-wired and battery-powered units. One of the biggest advantages of a hard-wired system is that some provide periodic readouts of CO levels indoors. If you’re running an older gas appliance, monitoring the levels in your home can keep you safer, especially if someone in your household has a heart condition, is very old or very young.
Battery-powered units need to be checked monthly, since they go through batteries faster than smoke detectors. The hard-wired detectors usually have battery backups that also need to be tested at least twice a year to protect you during a power outage.
If you would like to learn more about CO detectors and keeping your family safe, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve provided quality HVAC services for the Greater Cleveland area for more than 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about CO detectors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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