A carbon monoxide leak is a serious emergency that not only puts your health and family at risk but could also cause extensive damage to your home if ignited. In many cases, carbon monoxide goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in the right places ensures you and your loved ones have an advanced warning at the first sign of trouble. At MAGIC Electric + Plumbing, we are your trusted carbon monoxide detector installation experts. From advising on the best location for your carbon monoxide detectors to servicing your existing units, our team is here to keep your home and family safe.
A leading cause of carbon monoxide poisoning is gas leaks! Be sure to schedule a whole-home safety inspection to address any issue as quickly as possible.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Even the smallest carbon monoxide leak in your home can have an impact on your health and safety. Whether it’s caused by a running car in an enclosed space of damaged gas line behind an appliance, a carbon monoxide detector can alert you quickly. Symptoms of a CO leak can include:
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
It also poses a risk of fire and explosion in your home. If CO has been leaking into your Boise, ID property for hours or even days, even the simple task of lighting a burner can ignite the carbon monoxide in the air.
Where Should You Install Your Detector
Carbon monoxide detector installation should always be done strategically in order to keep your home as safe as possible. This all starts with choosing the right location for your new detector. Some of the ideal locations include:
- Near Appliances: Damage often occurs near gas-powered appliances. Be sure to have a CO detector near your range, water heater, and other appliances.
- Outside of Your Garage: Car emissions are also known to cause carbon monoxide poisoning. If your garage is attached to your home, it’s good to install a CO detector right outside the door.
- Near Sleeping Areas: In the event of an emergency, you always want to be sure you’re alerted as quickly as possible. Install detectors in areas close to bedrooms to help catch potential leaks as quickly as possible.
- On Every Floor: While it may seem obvious when installing carbon monoxide detectors, be sure they’re on every floor of the home. Gas can easily leak through vents, and while the damage may occur downstairs, it could be affecting you upstairs as well.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to have your system interconnected, so if one detector goes off, they all will. While this can sometimes be a challenge in the event of a false alarm, during an actual emergency, it can alert your entire family, giving you plenty of time to evacuate the area.
Whether you need to install a carbon monoxide detector or install new security lighting, our expert team is here for you.
Choosing the Right CO Detectors for Your Home
There are many options to choose from when selecting carbon monoxide detectors, including battery and wired options. A battery-powered carbon monoxide detector is easier to service, but can often fall into disrepair if not cared for properly. In some cases, you can purchase a 10-year sealed alarm, which eliminates this risk. Similarly, you can install a wired CO detector that is integrated into your electrical system. These units will require wiring installation in order to operate but offer a longer lifespan without the battery. However, during a power outage, they could cause a lapse in protection in your home.
Regardless of which CO detector you choose, it’s important to have them in your home. As homeowners, our electricians focus on providing the high level and quality of service we would provide for our own families. When you work with us, you can rest assured the work will be done properly and efficiently. We respect your time and provide competitive, upfront pricing so always know what to expect and are never left with a surprise on your bill.