We are an experienced security system supplier in Nampa, Idaho and over the years we have come to find that the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning is a frequently overlooked problem.
When the temperatures drop, one of the most important features of your home is the HVAC system. As beneficial as the heater is, there can be dangers associated with using it. When the heat is being produced, it comes out in the form of carbon monoxide, which is a byproduct of the process that produces the heat.
When carbon monoxide is safely drawn away, there is no danger; however, if the HVAC system malfunctions, causing the room to fill with carbon monoxide, there is potential for real danger. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is a quick and easy solution to a potentially fatal problem. Below are a few key elements and benefits of having a carbon monoxide alarm.
The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer” because you are unable to smell it, taste it or see it, so it can be lethal without even knowing it. When inhaled for a long period of time, carbon monoxide is fatal. A carbon monoxide alarm will detect the presence of gas and provide an early warning for everyone in your home.
Time to Get Out
One of the best benefits of a carbon monoxide alarm is the early warning of any carbon monoxide leak. The noise of the alarm is loud enough for everyone in the house to hear, giving your family time to get out of the house before being overcome with the gas. Depending on the size of your home, you may want to consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm on each end of the house.
A carbon monoxide alarm is designed to alert you and your family when there is an accumulation of carbon monoxide and it will typically alarm before most people would experience any of the symptoms related to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The alarms are also made to offer stability against humidity or changing temperatures which help to avoid false alarms. This stability also helps the alarm accurately respond to specific carbon monoxide and no other types of household gas or chemicals, such as ammonia. Carbon monoxide alarms are available in a wide variety of styles, including battery operated or a wire with battery back-up combination.
It is important to buy a quality alarm and to replace the batteries routinely.