Where Is The Best Place To Put A Carbon Monoxide Detector In Your Home?

December 20, 2011

Purchasing a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is the first step to protecting your family from the dangerous gas, but you also need to know how to use it. Proper placement is essential to getting the protection you need.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is the result of the combustion process that most heating systems rely on to produce warm air for your home. It can be lethal if it leaks into your home, so you need to be warned of its presence immediately.

Carbon monoxide detector: Proper placement

You need at least one detector on each floor of your home, including the basement. Optimally, you should have one near each bedroom, your garage and major gas-burning appliances such as your furnace. Detectors located near bedrooms should be kept within 15 feet so that the alarm can wake the home's occupants from a deep sleep. The ones near your appliances need to be at least ten feet away, so that they don’t give off false readings due to their proximity to combustible equipment.

Carbon monoxide detector: Different types

There are two main types of carbon monoxide detectors available:

  • Electrically powered detectors: These plug directly into an outlet in your wall and get their power from your home’s electrical system. They typically come with a battery-powered backup in case of a power outage.
  • Battery-powered detectors: These run solely off batteries, giving you more flexibility in where you decide to position them.

There are also hybrid smoke/carbon monoxide detectors available. These units can reduce the number of safety devices you need to purchase, but they limit where you can places them, because they have to be hard-wired into your home's electrical components and mounted to your ceiling.

For more information about carbon monoxide detectors and how they work to keep your family safe, contact Santa Fe Air Conditioning & Heating today. We have proudly served Kansas City since 1987.