954 How To Videos
How to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your HomeBy: Danny Lipford
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is both odorless and colorless. It is generated as a byproduct of combustion from:
- Natural gas and propane appliances such as stoves, water heaters, space heaters, and furnaces.
- Gasoline and diesel engines found on cars, boats, and generators.
- Wood fireplaces and gas inserts.
- Fires and other forms of combustion.
Since carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, the alarm from a CO detector is to only way to know if you are being exposed before it’s too late. CO detectors can be either battery powered or plug directly into a wall outlet. Combination units are also available that contain both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in a single unit.
How to install carbon monoxide detectors:
- Install at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.
- Put a CO detector in or near each bedroom of your home.
- Write the date purchased on the back of each alarm.
- Since carbon monoxide doesn’t rise like smoke, CO detectors can be installed at any height in the room, including being plugged directly into a wall outlet.
- Write the replacement date replace on each battery and change batteries as needed or every 6 to 12 months.
- Clean CO detectors yearly by gently vacuuming or blow detectors out with canned air.
- Replace carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.
Please Leave a Comment
3 Comments on “How to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home”
You can follow comments to this article by subscribing to the RSS news feed with your favorite feed reader.
We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at todayshomeowner.com.