As you head into the heating season this year, it’s a good idea to check your home’s heating equipment to make sure it works properly and safety. Among the more important devices to check are your carbon monoxide detectors. Here is a brief guide to these critical safety tools and how to make sure they’re in working order.
Why Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when flammable materials are burned. In a residential setting, CO most often comes from natural gas fuel consumed by a furnace or cooking stove. Furnaces, for example, are vented to ensure this gas byproduct does not enter your home.
Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, but it is extremely dangerous. Limited exposure to CO can cause serious health problems. At higher amounts, carbon monoxide can kill. A problem with your furnace or its ventilation system can allow CO to escape into your home. Carbon monoxide detectors can let you know when this invisible gas is present and give you enough time to get to safety.
Checking Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Look it over: Give your CO detector a visual inspection to make sure it’s not damaged or dirty or that anything is missing. The unit should be tightly and securely attached to the wall or ceiling and the cover should close properly.
- Press the test button: Carbon monoxide detectors have a test button, often on the face of the device. Test the detector often by pressing this button. If the alarm does not sound, put in new batteries.
- Change the batteries: Batteries should be changed at least once a year, preferably right before heating season starts. If your CO detector is digital, it will give you an alarm when batteries need to be changed. Even many non-digital models will produce an audible sound, similar to a consistent beep, when the battery is running low.
Beyer Boys is the San Antonio region’s top choice for expert heating, cooling, and plumbing services. Contact us today for more information on carbon monoxide detectors and how to keep them working to keep you safe.
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