We’re getting pretty close to heating season, which means soon you’ll be firing up your furnace or other combustion based heating system. Part of combustion heating is the creation of carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas that can be fatal in high concentrations. Heating systems that generate carbon monoxide are designed to dispose of it safely. However, accidents do happen. Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide detectors, and why they need to be checked on an annual basis.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that is generated through combustion, typically that of natural gas. It binds to the oxygen receptors in your blood, causing slow asphyxiation. Because carbon monoxide is more or less impossible to detect early, it is vital to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house in case of a leak. These detectors monitor the air for CO molecules, then sound off when they detect dangerous levels. This is the best way to detect a carbon monoxide leak in time to escape unharmed.
Carbon monoxide detectors largely run on batteries, just like smoke detectors. They can last quite a while, but eventually they will need a new battery. Carbon monoxide detectors are also liable to develop electrical problems, which may not be discovered until it’s too late. For this reason, you need to make absolutely sure that you have a professional examine your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. Annual inspections ensure that your detectors function properly when you need them the most.
Bell Plumbing and Heating offers a full range of carbon monoxide detection services throughout Denver, CO. If you need carbon monoxide detector services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.