Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Protect Your Household
Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that has no odor or color. Homes and businesses utilizing appliances that burn fuel, such as gas furnaces, are at a high risk of carbon monoxide buildup, which is why it’s critical to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. If the accumulation of this gas goes undetected, it can be life-threatening.
Carbon monoxide detectors are self-contained appliances that plug into a standard household electrical socket located in a central location of your home. Every floor of your home should have at least one carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide detectors sense traces of this dangerous gas in your home, which helps you keep the indoor air clear of hazardous contaminants. If levels of carbon monoxide in your home or business are increasing, the detector will sound an alarm. This can save your life and that of your family by letting you know you need to evacuate the premises immediately.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Essential Maintenance
Carbon monoxide detectors require care in order to maintain optimal functionality. If you don’t maintain them, they may fail to work correctly, thereby increasing your risk of carbon monoxide exposure. Here are some things you should do to ensure that your detectors continue to work properly:
- Test the carbon monoxide detectors in your business or home once per month. To do this, simply push and hold the “test” button. This will tell you whether the detector is functioning correctly.
- The batteries in your carbon monoxide detector should be checked and replaced if necessary twice per year. Make sure to do this even if you have a hard-wired carbon monoxide detector so that your device will have a backup power source in the event a utility outage occurs.
- If your carbon monoxide detector is getting old, it must be replaced. This should be done according to the manufacturer’s specifications; most carbon monoxide detectors have a service life of five to seven years.
At ABC Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer numerous products for indoor air quality that keep the air inside of your home or business clean and safe by detecting or eliminating airborne toxins. If you’d like to discuss issues with your indoor air quality, give us a call at 972-704-1444.
Incorporated in 1997, ABC Heating & Air Conditioning provides superior installation, service, and repair for all your heating and cooling needs. Our skilled team is dedicated to keeping residents in the cities of Plano and McKinney, Dallas, and Collin counties and the surrounding Texas communities comfortable; we offer industry-leading equipment at affordable prices, with additional discounts for teachers, military members, and senior citizens.