With the outdoor temperatures dropping, you’ll soon need the furnace to keep your home comfortably warm. Before you start up the heating system for the season, make sure it’s running reliably and safely by scheduling a professional maintenance visit. Another checkup that’s essential for your family’s safety is making sure your carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
Why the Condition of Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Matters
Home heating systems, appliances, household equipment and even fireplaces that burn fossil fuels can produce carbon monoxide (CO) due to incomplete combustion. You can’t smell, see or taste this potentially-deadly gas, so the alarm from properly functioning carbon monoxide detectors is your only protection against CO poisoning. To ensure that these crucial safety devices are able to sound an alarm when needed, it’s essential to check them regularly.
How to Keep CO Detectors Functioning Properly
Although most carbon monoxide detectors are designed to make it easy to check their functionality, you should read through the owner’s manual for your devices for any brand-specific advice and recommendations. Here’s some helpful general tips for keeping your CO detectors in working order:
- To check that each of your detectors is functional, find and hold down the “test” button for a few seconds to see if the unit beeps. If there’s no beep, put in fresh batteries and test it again. If it still doesn’t beep, it needs replacement.
- Make it a routine to replace the batteries in each detector every six months. You can do this when you adjust the clocks each spring and fall for daylight saving time so it’s easier to remember.
- Plan to replace all of your CO detectors every five years, because they become less reliable as they age. You can purchase models with built-in alerts to remind you when replacement is needed.
- If you buy hard-wired or plug-in detectors, make sure they’re also equipped with battery backup to safeguard your family when the power goes out.
To learn more about the importance of having properly functioning carbon monoxide detectors in your Monmouth County home, contact us today at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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