Your home and the people in it are some of, if not the most, important parts of your life. You would do anything to ensure the safety of your loved ones which includes ensuring that your home is safe and secure. One of the most important pieces of safety equipment you could have in your home, aside from a smoke alarm, is a CO2 detector.
At Penfold Electric, we are a family-owned and operated business with more than 40 years of experience in providing residential electrical services. We genuinely care about our customers and are committed to providing expert electrical services for your home. We have installed countless CO2 detectors and are here to answer your questions including where to install a CO2 detector in your home.
See our information below to discover why you need this crucial safety equipment in your home and call us today to help with CO2 detector installation. You can expect tenfold from Penfold.
Why Do I Need a CO2 Detector?
A CO2 detector isn’t just a nice thing to have, it is mandatory in all homes within Ontario. CO2 detectors provide protection to the residents of a home by alerting them to the presence of CO2 within the home. This is crucial as CO2 is colourless, odourless, and tasteless all while being poisonous to humans. Not having a CO2 detector in your home could result in a tragic and preventable loss of life.
Where is The Best Place to Install a CO2 Detector?
Carbon monoxide or CO2 detectors should ideally be installed on each level of your home including the basement area. It is best practice to have CO2 detectors installed inside or outside of every bedroom within your home. CO2 detectors should ideally be installed at knee height and should not be installed on the ceiling.
Can a CO2 Detector Be Wired In?
Many homeowners choose to have wired in CO2 detectors installed in their homes for peace of mind that it is always operating effectively. Some homeowners even choose to have CO2 detectors installed through their alarm monitoring systems to call for help when high levels of CO2 are detected. Both battery-operated and wired in CO2 detectors work well to protect the occupants of your home and you should choose whichever one is available to you.
Contact a licensed and certified electrician to assist you with the installation of a wired-in CO2 detector for your home. Your electrician should be able to assist you in finding the ideal places within your home to install your CO2 detectors. Remember that CO2 detectors do not operate like smoke detectors and should be placed at about knee level rather than on a ceiling as you would with a smoke detector.
Do I Need to Change Batteries on a Wired in CO2 Detector?
Having a wired-in CO2 detector doesn’t mean you are off the hook for changing batteries from time to time. Wired in carbon monoxide detectors do contain a backup battery that allows for the detector to continue function in the event of power loss to the home or CO2 detector itself. Always ensure that you replace the backup battery in your wired-in CO2 detector frequently. Safety experts suggest that you should replace the batteries in your CO2 detector every six months to ensure optimal protection.
In addition to replacing the batteries, always ensure that your CO2 detector is clear from any debris that may impact its ability to accurately detect CO2 levels within the home.
What Other Sensors Should I Have in My Home?
The safety of your home and everyone in it is crucial. Many homeowners choose to install a variety of safety equipment to help keep their homes protected and ensure that they are alerted of any issues that may arise. Consider having additional wired-in smoke detectors installed in bedrooms or attached garages to ensure that the alarm can be heard by everyone in the home. You may also wish to look into home-protecting sensors such as water sensors to alert you of flooding.
CO2 detectors are an important piece of safety equipment to have in your home. It is essential that it has a working battery and is installed properly at the right height and in the right spaces in your home. For assistance with the installation of a CO2 detector in your home, reach out to the experts at Penfold Electric. We work hard to keep your family safe by ensuring our work is done right, every time. You can expect tenfold from Penfold.