Carbon monoxide doesn’t have a noticeable odor, and you can’t see this gas, which makes it very dangerous when you have a leak. Having carbon monoxide detectors installed helps ensure that you’ll know right away if you have this gas leaking into your home. Learn more about why these devices are crucial for you and your family’s safety.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal, so it’s important to know immediately if there’s a leak. This gas can get into your home from your gas stove, gas furnace, fireplace and other gas-powered appliances and systems. Carbon monoxide detectors alert you right away when this gas is detected in your home, so that you and your family can leave and prevent serious or potentially life-threatening health issues. You should have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed on each floor of your home to keep you and your family safe.
Carbon monoxide detectors must remain in good condition in order to work properly. You should test these detectors every so often to make sure that they’re still functioning as they should. Other maintenance tips for these detectors include the following:
Keep them clean: Clean each carbon monoxide detector off to prevent dust and other debris from interfering with their ability to work.
Change the batteries: Every carbon monoxide detector in your home needs to have reliable batteries. This includes detectors that you plug into the wall, since they depend on battery backup if your power goes out. Replace the batteries in your detectors regularly, which helps ensure that they’ll work.
Replace detector sensors: You should plan on replacing the sensor in each carbon monoxide detectors about every other year. These components can wear out over time, which means that your detectors won’t be able to alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide in your home.
If you need more information on maintaining your carbon monoxide detectors, please contact Powers Heating & Air. Our professional HVAC technicians can provide you with the help you need to keep your Peachtree City home safe.
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