Your home’s heating system is about to be tested during Grand Traverse County’s upcoming winter season. In order to ensure the safety of your heating equipment, it’s suggested that you schedule a maintenance checkup with a local professional. However, you should also make sure that you have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed as a safety measure for your home.
Why you need them
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas produced by fuel-burning appliances such as your furnace that’s odorless, tasteless and colorless. Although it’s normal for such appliances to produce a small, harmless amount, if they’re not working properly, they can produce a dangerous and potentially lethal amount. In the same vein, smoke detectors can warn you of a fire before it is too late.
Choosing the right detectors
Look for the following options to make the right purchase:
- UL certification – CO detectors and smoke alarms certified by the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) ensure their quality.
- Duel sensor – There are two types of sensors available in smoke alarms. Photoelectric sensors will detect larger particles while ionization sensors detect smaller particles. Duel sensors have both.
- Power – Most CO detectors and smoke alarms are battery-operated. However, you can choose plug-in or hard-wired models. If you choose these, find models that use batteries as emergency backup power.
- Features – You can pick up models that have beeping alarms, voice alerts and even flashing lights.
Installing them correctly
Both carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, especially outside of bedroom areas. Don’t put smoke alarms near the kitchen, garage or bathrooms, because cooking, car exhaust and humidity can trigger false alarms. Don’t place carbon monoxide detectors near windows where fresh airflow can cause a misreading of the CO levels in your home. Use the test button on your alarms to check them monthly and make sure they’re fully powered.
Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for more information about carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. Our qualified technicians will ensure your home’s safety during the winter. We have been serving the Grand Traverse County area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas 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 Resource guide.
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