It’s Time to Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s Time to Check Your Carbon Monoxide DetectorsCarbon monoxide detectors sense the presence of this deadly killer even when nobody else in the house is aware of it. Carbon monoxide gas (CO) a byproduct of common household combustion sources such as furnaces, water heaters, stoves and even wood-burning fireplaces, as well as the exhaust from internal combustion vehicles.

Precisely because the gas can’t be perceived by human senses such as sight, taste or smell, functional carbon monoxide detectors are critical to household safety. That’s why most building codes today require them in residential and commercial structures. The general rule is that at least one carbon monoxide detector should be installed on each floor of the house and one located in or immediately outside every sleeping area.

CO detectors need monthly testing in all seasons. Winter, however, is an especially important time. Furnaces and fireplaces are typically lit and houses usually admit less fresh-air ventilation, which could result in accumulation of carbon monoxide from a number of combustion-related sources.

  • To test the alarm function of a carbon monoxide detector, press the Test/Reset button on the face of the unit, hold it until the alarm sounds, then release the button. If the alarm fails to sound, replace the unit.
  • Battery-powered CO detectors should get a fresh battery every 6 months. Note that even units that plug into an AC outlet often utilize batteries for backup. Check the manufacturer’s manual for recommendations to replace the backup battery.
  • The detection technology incorporated in carbon monoxide detectors has a finite service life of between 5 and 7 years. Units approaching the end of that lifespan will typically emit a repetitive “beep” signal which cannot be cancelled by replacing batteries or pushing the “Reset” button. Replacement of the unit should be done immediately.

The professionals at Paitson Bros. have been safeguarding the households of Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley since 1922. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about installing or maintaining carbon monoxide detectors.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about carbon monoxide detectors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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