Each year approximately thousands of people have to go to the hospital for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. In the United States, carbon monoxide gas is the biggest cause of accidental poisoning. And since it is invisible and odorless you cannot tell if the harmful gas is present in your home. The only way to protect your family from its potentially deadly effects is with a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors will give you peace of mind in knowing that you and your family will be protected, but not all carbon monoxide detectors are the same. Many of the bargain brands do not detect low levels of carbon monoxide. Even low levels of this poisonous gas can make you sick and with prolonged exposure can cause death. It is like having a smoke detector that does not go off until the house is completely engulfed in flames. Paying a little more to get a quality carbon monoxide detector is well worth the investment.
In order to work properly, a detector has to be correctly installed. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, detectors operate best when they are installed close to the bedrooms in your home. That way, if harmful gas gets into your home, it will be easier for you and your family members to hear the alarm sound.
It’s also a good idea to install at least one detector on each level of your living space. Another important installation tip is to make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are not placed near any devices/equipment that operate off of burning fuel. For instance, if a detector is installed near a gas water heater or furnace, it can be set off from the trace amount of gas that is typically emitted when fuel-burning devices starts up. You should also avoid placing carbon monoxide detectors close to any cooking devices, or in parts of your livings space that have high levels of humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your household is an essential tool in protecting the safety of you and your family. Make sure you install your detectors correctly to ensure they do the job properly. For further assistance on carbon monoxide detectors and any other HVAC issue, contact the professionals at CCAC, Inc.today. We serve Corpus Christi and the surrounding area with pride.
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