So you’re in the market for a new CO monitor for your home. That’s great, but do you know what you should be looking for? The top CO monitors all have a few things in common, and these are features that you absolutely must have:
- An electrochemical sensor – These sensors do not give off false readings in humid areas or from common household chemicals.
- An end of life warning system – Alarms are not accurate forever. Having an end of life alarm ensures that you replace the alarm and remain protected.
- UL label – Universal Labs certifications means that the product has been independently tested and has met all regulatory standards.
There are plenty of other features that will help you decide the best CO monitor for your home. Check out the following features and options available on most units.
- Accuracy statement – Look for this to compare the accuracy of your prospective detector.
- Digital display – Digital displays are easier to read than analog versions and will keep you updated to the amount of CO in your home at all times.
- Peak level memory – A feature that records the highest level of CO in the home. This can be used by first responders in the case of an emergency.
- Battery operation or back-up – Most units are connected to your home’s electrical system and have a battery backup. Battery-only units also can be used. Change the batteries whenever you change them in your smoke alarms.
- Voice warning system – Instead of a random beeping sound, these units will audibly tell you there is a carbon monoxide issue.
For more household tips about purchasing a CO monitor, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve been proudly serving the Greater Cleveland area since 1935.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about CO monitors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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