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Can You Rely on Your Carbon Monoxide Detector?

You’ve got a carbon monoxide detector in your home, but can you really rely on this system? If you have any type of natural gas burning system in your home, then you know that it’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector in case anything goes wrong. You want to protect your home and your family members from any potential danger.

If you ever need great electric work, then make sure that you come to our Gibsonia electricians. We specialize in all the work you need, and we’re going to make sure that you get the service you deserve. Below, we’ll run through everything that you need to understand your carbon monoxide detector.

Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are So Important

Are you wondering why your home’s carbon monoxide detector is so important? It’s because carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly colorless, odorless, and flavorless gas. You need to make sure that you have the right carbon monoxide detector in place so that you don’t allow carbon monoxide to build up in your home. Carbon monoxide can build up and make you dizzy, nauseous, or even cause fainting. You want to make sure that you have a great carbon monoxide detector in place to keep these problems at bay.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Quick Guide

Here’s the overview of everything that you need to know about your carbon monoxide detector.

Where to Place Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The question that we get most often about carbon monoxide detectors is “where should I put them?”

You should put your carbon monoxide detectors at least 15–20 feet from any gas-powered equipment you have in your home. You also want to put one within 10 feet of your garage. If you’re not sure about the placement in your home, make sure you contact our electricians for consulting.

Hard-Wire Your Detector

We always recommend that you hard wire your carbon monoxide detector at home. We know that many homeowners simply choose to have a battery power their carbon monoxide detector, but this leaves way too much room for error. Think about it—how many times have you let a carbon monoxide detector or smoke detector beep for weeks on end before you changed the batteries? You don’t want to leave room for a mistake like this! Prepare your home with a hard-wiring.

Test Your Detector

It’s a great idea for you to test your carbon monoxide detector at least once a year. The thing about carbon monoxide detectors is that you only need them in an emergency, so you won’t know if it isn’t working until it’s too late. Most models of carbon monoxide detectors have a “test” button on it so that you can make sure it’s able to produce the noise you need to hear. If the system doesn’t go off when you hit this button, then it’s a sign that you need new batteries and/or an electrical service.

Contact Kennihan Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We treat your home like it’s our grandma’s home.

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