Though it’s colorless, odorless and tasteless, carbon monoxide (CO) deserves homeowners’ attention, and carbon monoxide detectors make it easier to protect your family from the potentially lethal gas, which is a byproduct of combustion equipment such as your furnace. There are several different types of carbon monoxide detectors from which you can choose, but how do you know what type of detectors to install in your home?
The carbon monoxide detectors are designed to monitor CO levels in your home. Leaks from faulty devices such as furnaces, water heaters and other gas appliances, can cause deadly fumes that can kill before you are able to smell them. The detectors come in a variety of styles such as:
- Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Metal oxide detectors
- Biomimetic detectors
- Battery-powered detectors
- Hard-wired detectors
- Plug-in style detectors
Selecting the right type of carbon monoxide detector involves considering the layout of your home and where your appliances and other gas units are located. Battery-operated and plug-in style detectors are less expensive than hard-wired detectors, but require regular maintenance to verify they’re working properly. Hard-wired detectors, while costing a little more, can be more dependable since they do not require as much maintenance.
Choosing the right detector is a matter of budget as well as how diligent you are in maintaining the equipment. You do not want the sensor failing to detect deadly gases because you have neglected to change the battery or keep the unit maintained.
You may also want to choose a combination detector, allowing you to limit the number of detectors in your home. This combines the carbon monoxide detectors with smoke detectors, allowing one unit to monitor any smoke or gas fumes in the home.
Most hard-wired detectors are metal-oxide units that cause the heated tin oxide inside the unit to react to the gas fumes, setting off the alarm. Biomimetic units are set off when the gel-coated sensors react to the gas fumes and are generally plug-in or battery-operated systems.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing serves the Grand Traverse County and five surrounding counties in Michigan. We can assist you in choosing the right type of detectors for your home. Contact us today for more information or help determining the best carbon monoxide detectors for your home.
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