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How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

For any home that depends on natural gas power for heating, cooking, or other tasks, a risk exists of exposure to carbon monoxide. Most modern gas appliances and pipes are built to high safety standards and should present little danger to a household. However, it is wise for any home with a gas line to set up carbon monoxide detectors as a precaution.

Our staff at FB Electrical Services wants to make sure you have the safest home environment possible. We offer services for carbon monoxide detector installation in Boston, MA that will put your mind at ease regarding your family’s safety. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

The operation of carbon monoxide detectors

You probably know a few of the basics of carbon monoxide: it is colorless and odorless and therefore extremely difficult to detect should it start to leak from a gas line or an appliance. Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic—even a small amount can make you feel sick with flu-like symptoms—as well as highly combustible. This presents a serious dilemma when it comes to protecting a household from it. A carbon monoxide detector handles warning people in a home when the CO level rises dangerously.

Internally, carbon monoxide detectors are less complicated than you might imagine. Inside the plastic casing of the detector, a sensor measures the concentration of CO in the air. There are a variety of different sensors that take care of this job:

  • A biometric sensor uses a gel that changes color when it absorbs carbon monoxide. A second sensor detects when this color change occurs and then triggers an alarm and flashing LED light.
  • A metal oxide sensor detects when CO contacts its circuitry, which lowers its electrical resistance. A microprocessor notes the change and sends the signal to set off the alarm.
  • Electrochemical sensors also detect electrical current shifts, but instead of a microprocessor, they use electrodes in a chemical solution. This sensor is the quickest to react, but are more often found in industrial use.

If your CO detector goes off, you should immediately open doors and windows to ventilate your home and then go outside. Call for emergency services to take care of the malfunctioning gas line or appliance. Don’t return until you are certain the danger has passed. Don’t take chances with installation, either: because you need to trust your home’s carbon monoxide detector, make sure that only qualified electricians install the unit.

We provide a broad range of electrical services for homes, including setting up security and safety systems to protect the well-being of those inside them. Speak to us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

To find an electrician who will take care of carbon monoxide detector installation in Boston, MA for your home, call the team of technicians at FB Electrical Services.

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