Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector Installation in Lexington, KY

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Protecting Your Family From Preventable Disasters

We all want to protect our families, but there are some preventable disasters that we might not think much about that can be very dangerous. Mr. Electric of Central Kentucky offers professional carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation services for homeowners in Lexington, KY. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S., with more than 2,000 Americans dying every year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. These factors make CO undetectable to humans without using a carbon monoxide detector. Our professional carbon monoxide installation service can help you prevent potential disasters in your home or business. Learn more about installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and get in touch with us today to request an estimate.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Prevent Poisoning

Every year there are many devastating stories about people not waking up because their homes had a carbon monoxide leak that went undetected. CO leaks can occur from malfunctioning appliances, but your family will be safe if you have a carbon monoxide detector installed. CO can become lethal in minutes, but CO detectors will detect elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the air and alert you so you can get out of your home in time to stay safe and get the problem resolved before you return. You may not be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning, so our team has listed them for your benefit. Symptoms of CO poisoning can feel similar to the flu without a fever. Be aware of the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

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

What Are the Sources of Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide can come from several common household appliances, including water heaters, furnaces, gas ranges or stoves, wood or gas fireplaces, and gas clothes dryers. Other sources capable of producing CO include charcoal or gas grills, fuel-burning space heaters, and exhaust from vehicles. Do not use these appliances in poorly ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Those appliances could also have venting malfunctions that cause a rapid buildup of CO. Carbon monoxide can back up into your home if you have a closed woodstove flue or a clogged chimney. Mr. Electric of Central Kentucky recommends the following actions to reduce your chances of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector every six to 12 months.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. You should have a minimum of one sensor on each floor and outside of each bedroom.
  • Check for the American Gas Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) seal of approval when purchasing gas appliances or equipment.
  • Never run a vehicle, generator, or device containing a fuel-fed motor inside your garage or home.
  • Always be sure to turn off any vehicles parked in your garage.
  • Have a licensed appliance professional from Mr. Electric of Central Kentucky inspect your gas appliances annually.
  • Never use a flameless chemical heater indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Always open your flue if you are burning a fire in your furnace or fireplace.
  • Never heat your home with a  gas oven.
  • Always hire service experts to repair your malfunctioning gas appliances.
  • Only operate grills in well-ventilated outdoor areas.
  • Use battery-operated heaters while camping.
  • Adjust all of your gas appliances correctly, and use an exhaust fan when appropriate.
  • Understand the sound your carbon monoxide detector makes compared to the sound of your smoke detector.
  • Contact your local fire department if you cannot afford a CO detector because there are programs to help the elderly and low-income families.

Where Should CO Detectors Be Placed?

It’s important that your carbon monoxide detectors are in the right places in your home in Central Kentucky, Lexington, or Versailles, KY. Carbon monoxide diffuses evenly in your home while smoke rises in the air. We recommend that your smoke detectors be installed at knee level since that’s the approximate height that your head will be at while in bed sleeping. By comparison, we recommend installing CO detectors at chest level if you have pets or small children that might tamper with the devices. Mr. Electric of Central Kentucky can install combination smoke and carbon detectors at ceiling height. You should not hide your smoke or CO detectors behind curtains or doors because they might not work correctly like they do in open areas. Don’t hesitate to contact us to request an estimate for the cost to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Professional Smoke Detector Installations

In addition to carbon monoxide, we also offer professional smoke detector installation services. We can ensure your property is up to code and keep you safe. Local and state laws require smoke detectors to be installed near every bedroom, in garages, hallways, and stairways. New construction laws also state that your home must have smoke detectors hooked up to your electrical wiring. Homeowners in Kentucky should replace their smoke detectors about every ten years because the electrical components tend to become unreliable. Installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should not be a DIY job because improper installation can result in devices that fail to alert you during life-threatening situations. Our licensed and insured technicians can help you choose the right type of smoke detectors for your building. Ionization detectors use a continuous current running between electrodes. Smoke interrupts the current, and an alarm is sounded. Photoelectric detectors respond to light reduction in an internal photocell. Smoke goes into the unit and scatters light, causing the alarm to sound.

Schedule Your Safety Inspection Today

Our local electricians have a variety of services to keep your home and family safe. We always stand behind our work and will be happy to provide you with a quote for any of our valuable services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or request an estimate.