Carbon monoxide can be a silent and dangerous killer in your home or business. The poisonous gas can occur due to a malfunctioning furnace or appliance and quietly sicken your family. To protect your household, it’s important to install functioning carbon monoxide detectors. Call Electric City to have them placed in your Katy, TX property. A family-owned business, we provide fast, dependable and on-time services.
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Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
When you have a carbon monoxide leak, you need a warning system to alert your family of the poisonous gas. To avoid serious health risks -- and even death - it’s important that your entire household get away from the gas and get fresh air as soon as possible. Every minute counts when you have a carbon monoxide leak, so if you suspect you have a leak it’s important that you first leave your property and then call for professional help.
How to Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
To ensure your carbon monoxide detectors work when you need them most, it’s important to test them frequently. To perform these tests properly you should take the following steps:
- Test the batteries at least once a month by pressing the “test” button on the device. You should perform this test more often during the winter months if you are using gas heat.
- To test the accuracy of the detector, you will need to purchase a test kit. These kits include a canister of carbon monoxide so you can expose the device to high levels of gas. If the detector is working appropriately, the alarm will sound soon after exposure. Unlike a smoke detector, the alarm may not turn on at the first exposure to the gas.
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Types of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
When selecting a carbon monoxide detector for your home or business, you have several different options. Some of them include:
- Digital: These have a display panel that shows you the current and previous carbon monoxide levels.
- Hardwired: These connect directly into your building’s power supply and come with battery backup.
- AC plug-in: These plug into outlets in your home or business. These can be more convenient as you don’t have to remember to replace the batteries.
- Combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: These detectors have both smoke and carbon monoxide sensors.
- Interconnected: These can connect with other alarms and monitors in your home or business, including smoke detectors and burglar alarms.
If you encounter any of these issues, you should call an electrical contractor immediately for assistance.