Where To Place Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Where To Place Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

A client of mine is building a new home and has asked his home builder to include a pre-wire for his security system. When he asked me for advice on where to place his monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector, I thought it might be valuable to share some facts on Carbon Monoxide Detection in this blog.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas. It is extremely poisonous and rightfully referred to as a silent killer.
  • Carbon Monoxide is toxic, since the gas will prevent your body from properly transporting oxygen.
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the most common cause for fatal air poisoning worldwide.
  • Carbon Monoxide is a natural by-product of many home appliances – hot water heaters, grills, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, etc.
  • If you have a gas or coal furnace, it is vital to equip your home with at least one Carbon Monoxide Detector.

The Myth That Carbon Monoxide Rises

Geeks On Home explains there is a common misconception that Carbon Monoxide is significantly lighter than air, and thus rises. While it is true that CO is lighter than the average weight of air, this difference is very small. The idea that Carbon Monoxide would build up near the ceiling of a room first is incorrect. Whenever a build-up of dangerous CO gas is taking place, it is almost always due to a heat source not burning its fuel correctly (the exception being vehicle exhaust fumes). This heated air can form a layer near the ceiling, thus preventing the Carbon Monoxide from reaching a CO Detector mounted on a ceiling.

Where To Place Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

The most important factor in deciding where to best place your Carbon Monoxide Detector is to make sure your family can hear it, even if asleep. Therefore, the detector should be located right outside the bedroom. Ideally, there should be a detector within 10 t0 15 feet of each bedroom door.

If there is an enclosed garage directly attached to your home, then you should also place a CO Detector within 10 feet of the internal door to your garage.

If you have a security system, you should seriously consider adding a monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector installed in your furnace room for the best chance of early detection. It should be mounted at least a couple of feet below the height of the ceiling or at eye level.

If you don’t have a security system, if your security system is not monitored, or if you are unhappy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, 780-288-2986