Carbon Monoxide Detector Guide

Imagine going to sleep one night and never waking up again. You felt fine before bedtime; no headache; chest pain; nothing. You just went to sleep dreaming of the day ahead but sometime during the night, the carbon monoxide levels in your bedroom spiked to the point that rendered you unconscious and then killed you without you ever realizing there was a problem in the first place. That is how carbon monoxide poison works.

Not one of us would imagine living in a home that didn’t have working fire detectors installed, but there is a silent killer out there that will not give you a warning of fire (sight) and smoke(smell): carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that is a byproduct of several appliances in our homes, including furnaces, hot water heaters, and gas stoves. Many states in the U.S. have made the installation of CO detectors mandatory in new home construction and even in some rental properties. Studies have shown that up to 60% of Americans could not identify what a CO detector even looks like, which is alarming to someone in my business. In this article, I will discuss the different types of carbon monoxide detectors, what to look for when purchasing, and how a CO detector can be a vital component of a home security system.

CO detectors can be stand-alone and powered by battery or plugged into an AC socket. Most CO detectors these days are in a single unit combined with a smoke detector. They operate much like a smoke detector in that they continuously monitor the air in a house or room, and if the sensor detects a dangerous level of CO then an audible alarm sounds alerting anyone in the house. When connected to a home alarm system, the CO detector will alert the home’s owner and the proper authorities (fire department). This is a great advantage because if you are absent from the home for an extended period, walking into a house that has extreme levels of CO, even for a short period, can have harsh health effects and even cause death.

Approximately 200 people in the U.S. die each year because of acute carbon monoxide poisoning, and another 4,000 or so are sent to the emergency room for treatment. It is our hope that through education of the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors that this number is lowered dramatically. The cost of even the simplest detector is around $30 and can range upwards of $100. If you cannot afford a carbon monoxide detector, many local agencies and charities will give you one free of charge. Many of these organizations also give you a free education about how to install, use and maintain a CO detector. It is vital that you utilize any information that is available to you to protect yourself and your loved ones.

There are different types of CO detectors, although most of today’s new detectors are digital. A good digital CO detector will regularly monitor and measure the CO level in your home and display a number that reflects the parts per million (PPM). PPM is the number of CO molecules per million air molecules. The safe level for 24-hour exposure is 6 ppm and goes up as the exposure length decreases. For example, it is not recommended that you are exposed to a CO level of 87 ppm for any longer than 15 minutes. Exceeding these limits can cause bodily harm such as a headache, nausea, fatigue, delirium, and hallucinations. Even brief periods of time being exposed to CO at an extremely high level can cause you to be rendered unconscious and cause death. Carbon monoxide poisoning has been deemed the “silent killer” because you will not know what is happening unless you have installed a working detector.

Home security systems can be linked to carbon monoxide detectors to alert the authorities should you either not be at home or if for some reason, you are not able to hear the alarm. A good security system can alert you on your cell phone or mobile device of a rise in CO inside your home and give you a detailed report of any spikes that are occurring. Protecting your home physically and protecting its inhabitants is what we in the home security field call total protection. Don’t let you or your loved ones fall victim to this silent killer. There is no greater way to show your family that you love them by protecting them with the latest that technology has to offer. We should all make it a point to ensure that not one person dies from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Choosing The Right Home Security Company

It is true that every home should invest in a home security to be protected. The hard part is finding the company to provide the home security that is suitable for your home. Don’t worry because here are the things that you need to know so you can get the right home security firm for your safety.

1. Ask for reference

We are talking about the protection of your home so you cannot just trust everything you read. The best thing to do is ask for reference or recommendations from your friends or relatives. You can also ask which company they are using. It’s because they will not be using them for a long time if they are not happy with the kind of service they provide.

2. Certification is necessary

If you are on a hunt on which is the best company that you can get your home security, check about the certifications of their people. It will say a lot about how they run their business. If the employees they have are all certified, you can be assured that they are taking the security of their clients seriously.

3. Work Background

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Do not be ashamed of asking about the work they have completed. You can request a customer reference from them and call their previous clients and ask about the kind of work they have done. If they are good as what they are trying to portray, their former customers can attest to that.

4. Proof of licenses

It is one of the most crucial things that you need to consider to make sure that your home is in good hands. You cannot trust a company that is not even licensed to operate in providing home security. If they have all the necessary documents, it will be easy for them to give you a copy because they know you need that.

Look out for all these four things to make sure that you will be able to get the services from a credible company.

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Save Money and Stay Safe at Home

If you are new in the business of home security, you are at risked of being ripped off by the people who are trying to take advantage just to get a sale. Aside from that, there are also different types of home security, and you need to get the one that is suitable for the kind of home you have. Here are the tips on how you can get a good deal for the home security you are trying to get.

1. Check for the contract

More often than not, security companies will have you locked in a contract. It is not a bad thing, but you have to make sure that the contract will not keep you at bay for a long time. Be cautious when they present you a contract that is for a long term. These are usually the contracts that will have hidden charges that will appear in the long run.

2. Monitoring fees

You need to check how much you need to pay for the monitoring fees. It is not expensive but if a company tells you that they will not let you pay the monitoring fees. Check out the kind of services they provide. The monitoring needs maintenance, and with that being said, the monitoring should be well implemented which can be pretty impossible if you are not paying for it.

3. Installation fees

You don’t want to sign up on anything that will just rip you off in the end, right? Before you close any deal, make sure that they have explained the installation charges that they will be billing you. It should just cost you less than a grand, and the best recommendation I can give you is to pay it upfront. Some companies will tell you it is for free, but you will still end up paying for it in your monthly bills.

Follow these tips, and you are guaranteed to get the best deal for your home security.

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