Do I Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector for My Home?

Sometimes called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poisonous gas that can be lethal when inhaled.

When the gas is inhaled, carbon monoxide inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen. This dangerous gas can be emitted from burning fuels such as propane, natural gas, oil, wood, or gasoline. These gases can be released from normal household items such as your furnace, clothes dryer, water heater, chimney, or even portable fuel-burning space heater.

Because of the dangerous nature of carbon monoxide, it’s important to have a properly functioning carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. The air quality control experts at Precision Heating & Air in Dallas, Georgia, explain how you can protect your family and yourself from dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.

Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you are wondering if you need a carbon monoxide detector, the answer is ‘yes!’ Every home with at least one fuel-burning appliance/heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide detector installed. The detector works to alert you that the poisonous gas is somewhere in the home.

Here are some guidelines for installing your carbon monoxide alarm:

  • If the home only has one carbon monoxide alarm, it should be installed in the main bedroom or in the hallway outside of the sleeping area.
  • Avoid installing the alarm near a window or dead space.
  • Make sure nothing is covering the carbon monoxide unit.
  • Install an alarm on every floor of the home.
  • Check your carbon monoxide alarm once a week by pressing the test/reset button.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances.
  • Every month, unplug the unit and clean it with a soft brush or cloth to remove accumulated dust.

The professionals at Precision Heating and Air would be happy to set up your home with a sophisticated carbon monoxide alarm or any other air quality control units. These detectors are incredibly important for keeping your entire family healthy.

Contact Precision Heating & Air with your Air Quality Control Needs

Serving Dallas, Douglasville, Kennesaw & Acworth, Georgia

Precision Heating and Air has been the go-to heating and cooling company in Metro Atlanta for over 30 years. We offer a variety of smart, affordable options for air quality control, including modern thermostats that not only monitor the temperature inside, but display the air quality indoors with a carbon monoxide sensor and more.

If you are interested in learning more about indoor air quality or setting up a carbon monoxide detector in your home, contact Precision Heating and Air today. Call us at (770) 445-0870 or fill out our online form.