Testing a carbon monoxide detector.

How to Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detector is Working

A carbon monoxide detector gives homeowners an early warning when their indoor air quality (IAQ) is compromised by this colorless, odorless gas. Here are some reasons to install a carbon monoxide detector and some ways to maintain your device with regular testing.

Why Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be lethal when inhaled in large amounts. Even in moderate amounts, carbon monoxide can make you sick and cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and disorientation. Since you can’t detect carbon monoxide with your five senses, you’ll need to install a carbon monoxide detector to ring an alarm when the gas reaches a dangerous level in your home.

What Causes Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of fossil-fuel consumption. Operating a kerosene heater, turning on your car in an enclosed garage, or using an oil-based furnace are some ways that carbon monoxide can reach unhealthy levels in your home.

How to Know That Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Works

Carbon monoxide detectors work via sensors that become less sensitive over time. Manufacturers recommend replacing these units every five years. You’ll want to make sure that your detector is working between replacements by performing periodic tests with a UL-approved test kit. The test kit includes a small amount of carbon monoxide gas and a cover that houses the detector while it's being tested. When the carbon monoxide gas is released near the detector, it should sound an alarm if it’s working properly.

The EPA considers indoor air quality to be an important public health issue, and carbon monoxide detection is only one aspect of maintaining good IAQ. For greater levels of health and comfort, consider installing additional IAQ solutions such as air purifiers, filtration systems, and humidification products.

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