Benefits of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A Quick Guide


December 23, 2020

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When it comes to protecting a home, there are a lot of different things a homeowner can do in order to get it right. Beyond a security system, it’s important to consider adding a carbon monoxide sensor to a home’s security arsenal. Having a detector for this is beneficial, even for homeowners who have all-electric houses. It’s possible for carbon monoxide to seep in from other sources, and without a detector a homeowner won’t know there’s a problem.

The benefits of adding a carbon monoxide sensor to your home security system is because many sensors can tie in directly to your existing security system. When these devices are tied into the system, the homeowner can have further peace of mind. They’ll know their home is protected.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. It’s produced from car exhaust, fires, and even old appliances such as clothes dryers. Because it doesn’t have a smell or isn’t visible, residents won’t know it’s in the house without a detector. A lot of homeowners with natural gas appliances have these detectors, and some states make it a law that a house can’t be sold without one of these detectors installed.

For homeowners who have a security system, it’s helpful to connect these devices to the main system — keep in mind that the average lifespan of a carbon monoxide detector is five to seven years, although some companies say their alarms last longer and come with end-of-life warnings, so they should be replaced at that time. It’s much better to replace them on the low end of that lifespan and be safe instead of waiting and potentially losing their effectiveness.

How Does a Detector Work?

With the right carbon monoxide detector, a homeowner should have a flashing green or red light (depending on the make and model). Flashing orange or a solid light indicates a problem. These detectors will alert the homeowner and the security company if there’s something wrong. They omit a high-pitched, shrill alarm if they detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, so the homeowner knows to leave the area. These detectors are very sensitive, so homeowners can trust that they’ll be warned if the CO2 level in their home starts to become dangerous.

At Brinks Home™, our priority is giving your home total protection. From carbon monoxide sensors to doorbell cameras, we have you covered. Call us today to learn how to customize a home security system to meet your exact needs.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter for Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.

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