Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Install in Austin, TX

We Install Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make your home safer with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. More than 2,100 Americans perish each year due to unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is undetectable. A carbon monoxide detector alerts you to the gas in the air. It is required by law to install smoke detectors in your home. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives by alerting you to smoke or carbon monoxide in the air. Mr. Electric of Austin installs carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in Austin, TX. Contact us today to learn more and to get a free estimate on carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation services.

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What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

A carbon monoxide leak can happen at any time. Many people have no idea they have a carbon monoxide leak, but it can be lethal within minutes. Carbon monoxide detectors are life-saving devices that detect elevated carbon monoxide levels. It's essential to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and leave your home if you experience any of them. While the symptoms mimic the flu, it's important to take action. The most common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include the following:

  • Headache 
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleepiness 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Fatigue or weakness 
  • Irregular breathing 

Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The most common sources of carbon monoxide in a home include furnaces, gas clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, and gas ranges. It can also originate from gas or charcoal grills, car exhaust, and fuel-burning space heaters. It’s critical to operate these types of appliances in well-ventilated areas. The following tips will help keep you safe from carbon monoxide poisoning in your home:

  • Always open your fireplace flue when using it.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors outside each bedroom and on each level of your home.
  • Turn off your vehicle inside the garage.
  • Change your carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year.
  • Avoid running a generator or device with a fuel-fed motor in a small space without ventilation.
  • Purchase gas appliances or equipment with the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) seal of approval. 
  • Never heat your home with a gas oven. 
  • Schedule yearly inspections with our licensed appliance professionals.
  • Avoid using flameless chemical heaters indoors or in small spaces.
  • Operate your grill in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
  • Never use a malfunctioning gas appliance.
  • Use battery-operated heaters when heating.
  • Know the difference between your CO detector and your smoke detector.

Best Place to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide evenly disperses in your home. It's important to install carbon monoxide detectors at knee and chest height. We recommend this height because it is at your face level when you sleep. We also advise installing combination smoke-and-carbon-monoxide detectors at ceiling height to detect any sign of smoke. Avoid hiding carbon monoxide detectors behind doors or curtains. It's critical to place all types of detectors in open areas to detect smoke or poisonous gas.

Expert Smoke Detector Installation

Mr. Electric of Austin will install smoke detectors in critical areas of your home. State and local smoke detectors laws require residents to have smoke detectors in every bedroom of their homes. You may also need to place them in your garage, hallways, and stairways. New construction laws require smoke detectors that are hooked into your electrical wiring with a battery backup system. The National Fire Protection Association states you should replace your smoke detectors every ten years. Smoke detectors’ electrical components break down over time. The most common smoke detectors include the following:

Ionization – Ionization detectors have a continuous current that runs between electrodes. If it detects smoke, the current is interrupted and sounds the alarm.

Photoelectric – A photoelectric detector responds to a light reduction that reaches an internal photocell. When smoke enters the unit, light is scattered and sounds the alarm.

Testing Smoke Detectors

The amount of smoke detectors in your home is based on the size of your property. It’s critical to place smoke detectors throughout your home. These smoke detectors should also be in working condition. Never take it for granted that your smoke detectors are working. It’s critical to test your smoke alarms every month by pressing the “test” button. If the alarm sounds, it is working correctly.

Contact Mr. Electric of Austin Today

Mr. Electric of Austin is here for all your comprehensive electric services in Austin. Our qualified electric professionals will help you find the best locations for your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We back our work with a guarantee and always offer honest pricing. Let us upgrade your home with legal and modern detectors to help save your life. Contact Mr. Electric of Austin to schedule circuit breaker services or get a free quote today.