How to Read Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can kill you within an hour. Carbon monoxide detectors make protecting your home from the dangers of carbon monoxide easier. But if you struggle to understand your device, it’s not going to be as helpful. Read on for a brief overview on how to read your carbon monoxide detector by the carbon monoxide detector experts at Santa Fe Air

How is carbon monoxide measured?

To understand the readings on digital CO detectors, it’s important to understand how carbon monoxide is measured. Like many gasses, carbon monoxide is measured in parts per million (PPM). Low levels of CO are anything at or below 50 PPM. Mid level is considered 51 to 100 PPM; high level is greater than 101 PPM if no one is experiencing symptoms. It’s considered dangerous if it’s 101 PPM or more and someone is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning. 

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Carbon monoxide detectors without screens

Not every carbon monoxide detector has a display screen that will show you a number readout. Some are equipped with blinking lights that signify different things; generally a blinking green light indicates the unit is working and does not sense dangerous levels of CO, whereas a red light would indicate an alarm mode and should be accompanied by an audible alarm. 

Carbon monoxide detectors with screens

Those who want to have more specific information about the CO levels in their home may opt for a carbon monoxide detector with a display screen. These will generally show a readout of the level of carbon monoxide the unit detects, updating themselves periodically. They may come with the ability to show you the highest level of CO the device has recorded since it’s been powered up. 

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Keep your family safe from CO poisoning with Santa Fe Air

Along with having carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, you’ll want to make sure an HVAC professional checks that your heating system is working properly. The best thing you can do for your family is to stop carbon monoxide from ever circulating in your house in the first place. To make this easier, we offer a convenient preventative maintenance plan for our customers.

Santa Fe Air offers a variety of services to people in the Kansas City area from heating system check-ups to furnace repair to ensure that you won’t have to worry about your family’s safety or comfort. 

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