Carbon monoxide is known to be a silent killer, as you can’t tell whether or not it’s present, but luckily carbon monoxide detectors can detect if the silent killer is present. A small amount of it won’t kill but when it reaches a certain level, it can slowly kill you and other people in the house.
CO or carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas, hence it’s not easy to detect with our own senses. But, installing a CO detector can help you recognize that it’s time to go out of your house to avoid being poisoned.
How to install it in your house?
First, you’ll need to shop for the right unit. Make sure that it’s the right device for your house. Ensure also that it’s a unit that can be easily installed by yourself, if you’re a DIY person.
Then, find a place where you want to install it. Experts recommend installing it away from an appliance that uses fuel to operate, like gas stove. It must also be 15 feet away from any type of cooking units or heating systems.
You’ll need to gather the necessary items, like the detector, screwdriver, hammer, batteries, etc. Read the unit’s instructions carefully. It’s now time for you to mark your wall using a pencil to make holes in that wall. To make sure that the screw fit snugly to the carbon monoxide detectors, you should not make holes that are bigger than the screws’ anchors.
Then, install the detector. Don’t forget to place the battery in the unit before installing it on the wall.
Now, test it out. In this way, you’ll know that the unit truly works or not. Testing will also help you determine how and what it sounds like when it detects dangerous levels of CO.
Smoke and CO detectors
There are some units that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. They are more expensive but they are worth the investment. Because there are so many of them on the market, it can be difficult for you to choose which one to install in your house. Therefore, it’s ideal that you conduct a thorough research and learn more about how fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors work. These two things are important to keep your family safe.