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Do I Need A Carbon Monoxide Detector?

November 27, 2023 | Blog

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning With A CO Detector

Some of the most dangerous things are the things we can’t see. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a known household hazard because it’s an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that can be deadly. It’s produced when fuels like gas, oil, coal, and wood are burned. At low levels, CO can cause problems in your home, some of which are extremely dangerous.

Tim’s Southern Air is here to keep your family safe from this gas. When you have a CO detector in your home, you can find peace of mind knowing you’ll be alert if it’s detected indoors. Read ahead to learn why these systems are a must-have for every home!

How Carbon Monoxide Detectors Keep Your Home Safe

Because this gas is undetectable to the human senses, having a working CO detector in your home is crucial. Unlike smoke alarms that detect particles from combustion, carbon monoxide detectors monitor the air for CO. They will sound an alarm if dangerous levels are detected, giving you and your family time to evacuate and contact emergency services.

This gas can be extremely hazardous, especially without an adequate detection system. Short-term exposure can cause dizziness, blurred vision and drowsiness. Those who have been exposed will show symptoms within 20 minutes. If action isn’t taken immediately, life-threatening consequences could occur.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors vs. Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors may look similar, but they serve different purposes. Smoke alarms are typically triggered by heat or smoke particles from a fire, while CO detectors are activated by high levels of carbon monoxide.

When it comes to your home, you can never be too cautious! It’s important to have both alarms in your home for maximum protection against potential hazards. These systems keep your house a safer space, protecting your health and your indoor air quality.

Perfecting Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement

The placement of your CO detector is crucial for it to work effectively. You should have at least one device on every level of your home and near sleeping areas. But where exactly should they be placed? A few helpful areas to place your CO detector are:

  • On the ceilings.
  • Away from vents and windows.
  • Near fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces.
  • Rooms with fireplaces.
  • Areas with poor ventilation, like basements.

It’s also important to regularly test your detectors and change the batteries at least once a year. Additionally, be sure to replace your detectors every five to seven years, as they can lose their effectiveness over time.

Safeguard Your Home With A Carbon Monoxide Detector

Protecting your family from carbon monoxide poisoning starts with having a working CO detector in your home. While it may just seem like a precautionary measure, it is a guarantee that you’ll be safe from a dangerous situation. With the dependable IAQ services at Tim’s Southern Air, you can expect healthy indoor air quality in your home.

When you’re ready to take advantage of high-quality air testing, our team is here to lend a helping hand. Contact us today to schedule your next IAQ service!

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