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The Importance of CO2 Detection

Posted on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One of the best ways to determine the quality of air in a home, office or industry is by monitoring the Co2 or carbon dioxide gas levels. This can be accomplished through the use of Co2 monitors and sensors. High levels of Co2 in the air indicate poor air quality within an environment. In a home, Co2 levels often increase due to the use of flame fueled devices such as a heater, range, oven, clothes dryer or fireplace. The rise in Co2 levels could also indicate the presence of carbon monoxide or other dangerous gases in the air.

Each year, hundreds of individuals die due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless, making it very difficult to detect in a home or office setting. Although the gas produces symptoms such as headaches, nausea, difficulty in breathing, etc., many of these same symptoms can be attributed to a common cold or the flu. As a result, people may not recognize that the symptoms they are experiencing come from carbon monoxide poisoning. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide eventually renders a person unconscious. If the individual is not rescued on time, the gas can be fatal.

Co2 sensorsand monitors function to alert you to the possibility of dangerous gases in your environment by detecting a rise in Co2 levels in the air. In this way, you can take steps to find the source of the contaminants and correct the problem. There are various types of Co2 detectors on the market today that can provide the protection you need. Co2 detector alarms come with siren or voice activation to warn you when Co2 levels rise above safe levels. Some models can be permanently installed by hard wiring them to your electrical system while others function by plugging them into the wall. Both offer backup battery features in the event you experience loss of power for any length of time. More advanced alarm systems combine Co2 detection with smoke alarms, employing Co2 sensors to detect both dangers simultaneously. These devices can also provide you with digital readouts of exact Co2 levels should you have the need.

The use of Co2 monitors and sensors can protect your family from carbon monoxide and other gas poisoning. These devices are easy to install, practical to maintain and effective to use, making them worthwhile investments for both residential and commercial settings.

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