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Types of carbon monoxide detectors

A carbon monoxide detector is your only line of protection against the many potential sources of carbon monoxide in your home or at work.

Detectors are also refered to as alarms, monitors, meters, and testers.

Two types of carbon monoxide detectors

Conventional "high level" carbon monoxide detectors

Conventional carbon monoxide detectors are designed to prevent acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

Conventional "high level" carbon monoxide detectors are widely available. They are designed to save lives and prevent serious injury and health problems resulting from "high levels" of carbon monoxide exposure.

This type of detector is designed to specific carbon monoxide alarm standards and because they are mass produced, are relatively inexpensive (most are under $75).

The problem is, conventional detectors do NOT NOT NOT protect against low level carbon monoxide exposure
which can also be horribly health damaging.

"Low level" carbon monoxide detectors

Low level carbon monoxide detectors are designed to protect against chronic carbon monoxide poisoning - which can cause serious health problems.

The cummulative impact of multiple low level carbon monoxide exposures causes cellular malfunctioning which can cause or worsen a very wide range of health problems.

Although low level detectors are designed to activate when exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide, they also activate at high levels - meaning, they protect against both types of carbon monoxide poisoning.

These detectors are more sensitive and prone to alarming but that is the very point.

Low level detectors are not easily found in stores and because they are more precise instruments, they are more expensive (under $200).

Because low level detectors protect against both kinds
of poisoning, they are in our opinion, FAR FAR FAR
more important than conventional detectors.

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Kinds of carbon monoxide sensors used in detectors

There are three main types of carbon monoxide detectors, each with a different type of sensor - metal oxide, biomimetic and electrochemical.

While there are differences between these technologies, each type is tested and approved for operation. The cost of a detector is generally tied to the number of features and strength of the warranty.

No matter which type you choose, proper carbon monoxide detector placement and installation is essential for proper functioning.

Metal-oxide-semi-conductor carbon monoxide detectors

This is the original technology for CO detectors. Heated tin oxide reacts with carbon monoxide to determine levels of the toxic gas. There is no need to remember to check batteries as units must be connected to house power (they use more power than a battery can supply). Some models offer up to 20 hours of battery backup.

Biomimetic carbon monoxide detectors

The second type of carbon monoxide monitor has biomimetic sensors. These sensors are discs coated with a special gel that turns dark when carbon monoxide comes into contact with them. A change in color is what triggers the alarm. These are usually less expensive. They are available as plug in units and battery operated units. This gives more flexibility in where to place your carbon monoxide alarm.

Electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors

With this type of CO monitor, a chemical reaction with carbon monoxide creates an electrical current that sets off the alarm.

Electrochemical CO detectors are highly sensitive and offer accurate readings at all carbon monoxide levels. They give more precise readings even at low levels while other types of tend to only read higher levels.

Most units come with a continuous digital readout and a memory feature that records peak CO levels and allows you to check them at a glance. The history of readings can be retrieved at the press of a button. This technology offers a fast reset time. Most units sound an alert when they need to be replaced. This type tends to be more expensive.

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Is there a detector for cars? I have been exposed to carbon monoxide in two separate car incidents - two different recent model cars. I now want a detector instrument installed in my car. I am wondering how many accidents are caused by drivers being exposed to carbon monoxide gas while driving.

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Shrey from eZZhwPJqu
you are planning on slielng your home in Gig Harbor, or anywhere else in Washington state.a0 I had written about this a few months back, and now it is here and

Corrected Link for Low Level CO Detector
Brent Blue MD from Aeromedix.com
The link to our low level CO detector is broken. It should be: http://www.aeromedix.com/Carbon_Monoxide_Detectors/


Brent Blue MD

Carbon Monxide meters
Debra Schantz from Pennsylvania
Which is the best to buy, and do they tell if cigarette smoke is coming in your apartment

Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
John Hutchcroft from Davenport, IA
Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors aka \\\"Dual Sensor alarms\\\" have some very distinct disadvantages.

1. They often are the conventional \\\"High Level\\\" CO detectors that don\\\'t provide complete protection.

2. They are usually combined with and Ionization smoke detector that have been proven to be the least effective at detecting your most common type of house fire.

3. Because a smoke detector must be installed on the ceiling or high on the wall it is not the optimal location for a CO detector.

4. The maximum life of the CO detector is only 5 years and 10 years for the smoke detector. You have now shortened the life of the smoke detector by half.

Want kind of protection is that
Are you saying that alarm standards do not actually protect us from the kind of carbon monoxide exposure that most of us actually get exposed to?

Want the hell kind of protection is that??????

Jake from The Smokey Mountains
What about combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors ?

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