Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Breath of Fresh Air
Your home should be a place of comfort and relaxation. There’s no place where you should feel safer than in your home. Unfortunately, there might be something in your house or living space that is totally undetectable and completely undermining the safety of you and your family–carbon monoxide. CO is a toxic, potentially fatal gas that is odorless and invisible. It is created as a byproduct of the combustion process and may be omitted by common appliances or other household items. Humans can’t detect it but luckily, carbon monoxide monitors can and will alert you if the level of CO in your home becomes unsafe.
detectors vs monitors
A carbon monoxide detector, while better than no CO device at all, does exactly what it says it does–it detects high levels of CO and sounds an alarm when dangerous levels are detected. The problem is, especially for young children, the elderly or ill persons, the level considered dangerous is subjective and detectors only alert you when there’s too much. They don’t track how your CO levels change throughout a day. Carbon monoxide monitors do. They give accurate digital readouts of current levels of CO in your home, allowing you to see in real time how much CO you have. Holt Plumbing & Heating recommends a monitor over a detector.
At Holt, we carry the National Safety Institute Low-level Carbon Monoxide Monitor (NSI 3000), which is an accurate, affordable and easy-to-install home system. The NSI 3000 is a more sensitive and accurate system than one you would buy in a hardware store. It monitors your home 24/7 and displays CO levels as low as 5ppm with set alarms for different levels, even ones deemed safe, to let you know when your CO levels are fluctuating. The monitors of the NSI 3000 are calibrated using actual carbon monoxide where other systems and detectors often use electronic estimates. It’s also designed to protect all ages and health conditions of your family members like infants, elderly, or highly sensitive persons. For peace of mind, there’s no better affordable home system than the NSI 3000 and Holt would love to fit your home with one.
Holt Heating & Plumbing recommends that carbon monoxide monitors be installed on every floor of your home, ideally eye level. At minimum, we recommend that a detector be installed in your bedroom, as carbon monoxide leaks might occur when you or your family are sleeping and the alarm should wake you.
Holt professionals are trained to diagnose and prevent CO in the home. Many Holt pros are certified through National Comfort Institute, a multi-day CO training program. When it comes to your family, make sure you have the best protection against the things you can’t see or detect. A carbon monoxide system is a must and we recommend a monitor. Contact us today to talk about CO monitoring.
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