Why You Should Upgrade Your Home's Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  Blakeslee and Son   Nov 15, 2016 0 Comments
As the weather gets colder and you turn on your furnace, it is important to make sure that your home is safe from any potential carbon monoxide hazards.

You probably know that exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause
  • loss of consciousness
  • seizures
  • comas
  • death

But, did you know that prolonged exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide (as low as 10 ppm or parts per million) can also cause:
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • vision problems
  • sleep disturbances
  • impaired memory and concentration

Exposure to carbon monoxide is especially dangerous for older adults, pregnant women, and young children. Make your home safer for everyone by making the switch to an upgraded carbon monoxide detector, like a low level or smart detector; the latest and greatest in CO2 defense.


Low-Level Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Most standard detectors only alert you when carbon monoxide levels reach the hazardous level of 30 ppm and the alert is just a loud beeping. Low-level detectors have taken things a step farther. Many will alert you when carbon monoxide levels as low as 5 ppm are detected (this the level that can be harmful to the vulnerable groups mentioned above). They also have a variety of alerts depending on the CO2 levels detected, ranging from flashing lights to loud beeps with increasing frequency. 

At Blakeslee we use the Defender brand of low-level carbon monoxide detectors. 


Smart Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Here's the scenario, it's a cold winter day, the furnace is running, something goes wrong and there is a carbon monoxide leak in your home. With a standard detector, you would have no idea of this danger. However a smart thermostat can send an alert to your cell phone (and in some cases even alert the fire department), so the issue can be dealt with right away. And if you have multiple, connected smart detectors throughout your home, they can tell you which room the leak is closest to. That's what we call home security!

At Blakeslee we use the Nest brand of smart detectors, which is a part of the Nest Protect combination smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detection system. 

If you have questions about your home's carbon monoxide detectors or are interested in learning more about the detectors mentioned in this post, contact us today!

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