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Carbon Monoxide Detector

The sensor in the Carbon Monoxide detector recognizes carbon monoxide gas to prevent fatal poisoning. Its alarm alerts you to the presence of carbon monoxide in your home and helps maximize your safety and security.

This sample floor plan has two Carbon Monoxide detectors. You can place them near bedrooms so the alarm can alert you of carbon monoxide gas, particularly while sleeping. For enhanced safety you can also place the sensor near your utility room to detect poisoning gas from fuel burning equipment.


Carbon Monoxide Detector Features and Security Benefits

  • Extremely simple to install
  • 5+ year battery life
  • Smart, self-testing every 60 minutes
  • Customizable options & alerts that fit your lifestyle
  • Compatible with all homes
  • Lifetime warranty available

Each carbon monoxide alarm sensor is pre-programmed with your Cove Touch security panel. You can customize each sensor name to correlate with its location within your home. With a couple of touches of the screen you can confirm that each safety sensor is setup and ready to alert the ones you love.

Protecting your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning is much easier with Cove. If carbon monoxide is detected, your alarm siren will sound and an alert will display on your Cove Touch security panel. You are also immediately notified by our 24/7 professional monitoring station.

When your security panel is in an alarm condition due to your sensor detecting carbon monoxide, pressing the hush button on the CO detector will silence the sensor’s alarm for five minutes. However, the alert on your security panel will still sound. This time limit is for your safety. Everyone, including pets, should leave the home immediately and contact local authorities.

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CO Detector installation

Step-by-step guide

If you are adding new equipment to your alarm system, make sure you have already added this CO Detector to your alarm system before you install this piece of equipment.

Follow these steps:

Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation

  1. Remove the adhesive backing, press firmly, and hold in place for 30 seconds.

  2. Consult the device manufacturer guide included in your packaging for detailed installation, testing, and maintenance instructions.

Installation Locations

Ceiling mount - Place the detector at least 12 inches from any wall. (measured from the closest outside edge of the detector) The green area below indicates proper placement

Wall mount - Place the detector at least as high as a light switch, and at least 6 inches from the ceiling. (measured from the closest outside edge of the detector). The green area below indicates proper placement.

Best Practices

  1. The detectors are best located within 10 feet of sleeping areas and in bedrooms that contain a fuel burning appliance.

  2. If the appliance or room is not normally used, such as a boiler room, the detector should be placed just outside the room so the alarm can be heard more easily.

Things to Avoid

Do not install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in the following areas:

  1. Next to a door or window that would be affected by drafts.

  2. In or below a cupboard.

  3. Outside the home.

  4. Where air flow would be obstructed by curtains or furniture.

  5. Where dirt or dust could collect and block the detector.

  6. Where it could be knocked, damaged, or inadvertently removed.

If you have further questions please chat with us by selecting the icon to the bottom left of this screen or call us at 855.268.3669.

The purpose of home security is to keep you and your family safe. And while people usually associate home security and safety with security cameras and burglar alarms that keep intruders away, it is so much more than that. Burglars are not the only potential threat your family can face. There are also potential dangers inside of your own home, like the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, lethal gas that is nicknamed the “silent killer.” It is impossible to identify inside of the home without the help of technology. This is why carbon monoxide detectors are an essential part of any complete home security system--in fact, your home security is not complete without carbon monoxide detectors.

Your safety is our number one priority. We strive to offer the highest quality products for your home to protect what matters most to you: your family. Our carbon monoxide detectors recognize dangerous levels of this gas to prevent poisoning, making your home a safer, more protected place.

Answer: Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, lethal gas that we can breathe in with no irritation to the nose, throat, or lungs.

Carbon monoxide is a lethal gas that is odorless and tasteless. Humans can breathe it in with no irritation to the nose, throat, or lungs. This is what makes carbon monoxide so dangerous: we breathe it in just like air. Once carbon monoxide reaches the inside of our bodies, it attaches to our blood cells where oxygen normally attaches, starving our blood--and thus our entire bodies--of the oxygen that we need to survive.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning vary by how much of the gas you are exposed to. Exposure to low concentration results in symptoms like fatigue and chest pain. More severe symptoms resulting from exposure to moderate to high concentration of carbon monoxide gas include impaired vision, headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, flu-like symptoms, and reduced functioning. The respiratory damage and brain damage that carbon monoxide poisoning causes at higher concentrations can have lifelong consequences. And, at dangerously high levels, carbon monoxide poisoning is fatal.

Carbon monoxide levels are measured in parts per million (PPM). A low, normal level of carbon monoxide to have in the air is 50 PPM or less. Levels become increasingly more hazardous until reaching dangerous levels. A level higher than 101 PPM will lead to people in the room experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is produced by burning fuel.

Carbon monoxide gas can be produced whenever fuel burns. If you think about it, there are a lot of appliances inside of the standard home that burn fuel. Gas appliances, space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, generators, and cars can all release carbon monoxide into the air when they are running. When these appliances are properly ventilated and run, there is less need to worry about being exposed to dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide gas.

To reduce the amount of carbon monoxide in the air when you do use gas appliances, be familiar with how to use them correctly. The following are some appliances that may cause potential harm:

  • Gas stoves
  • Cars idling inside of a closed garage
  • Car exhaust from an attached garage
  • Generators
  • Boilers that are old or improperly maintained
  • Stoves or furnaces with blocked flues
  • Chimneys
  • Unvented space heaters
  • To reduce the amount of dangerous gas that comes into your home, observe the following guidelines:

    • Check if your chimney flue is blocked or open before lighting a fire
  • Always use the proper type of fuel in space heaters, and make sure that the heaters are properly vented
  • Never burn charcoal in an enclosed space, like a garage, home, or tent
  • Make sure the doors on wood stoves fit securely before use
  • Get regular, professional maintenance on your gas appliances
  • Do not idle your car inside of the garage
  • Answer: You can buy many styles of carbon monoxide detectors, including hardwired, plug-in, smart, carbon monoxide and smoke alarm paired, and portable detectors.

    There are many styles of carbon monoxide detectors (also known as carbon monoxide alarms) that you can buy. Let’s take a look at those different styles of detectors so that you can determine which will be right for your situation.

    Hardwired Detectors. Hardwired detectors work just like any other piece of hardwired home security technology: they connect to your home’s power supply. This style of carbon monoxide detector usually requires professional installation by a certified electrician. A hardwired detector should always come with battery backup so that your home is still protected in the event of a power outage.

    Plug-In Detectors. These carbon monoxide detectors are a lot like hardwired detectors in that they still use your home’s power supply to operatue. However, plug-in detectors are easier to use because they only need to be plugged into one of your home’s outlets. This means no professional installation is required. A plug-in detector will also come with backup battery power to protect your home even in a power outage.

    Smart Detectors. Smart devices go above and beyond in keeping you connected to your home at all times. Smart carbon monoxide detectors can pair with your smartphone so that you can receive real-time updates about the carbon monoxide levels inside of your home via push notification.

    Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Pairing. Today, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are frequently coupled into a singular device that serves both purposes. Cove plans on releasing a Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector in the near future. This combination reduces the number of devices that you need to purchase and install around your home. It is also recommended (or required, depending on where you live) to have multiple carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors installed around the home, making this pairing a logical one.

    Timing Detectors. Timing carbon monoxide detectors fill all the typical duties of a carbon monoxide alarm while adding a special feature. The device has a series of alarms that it can sound, and each alarm corresponds with the amount of gas that is found in the air. The intent behind this design is to let people inside the home know how long they have to evacuate before they start to experience the side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. No matter how low the level is, though, once an alarm on a carbon monoxide monitor goes off, you should evacuate the area immediately. There is no telling how quickly circumstances can change before the area becomes lethal.

    Portable Detectors. Portable detectors are small, battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. They are not typically found in a home setting but could be placed inside of a car to monitor carbon monoxide levels inside of the passenger area.

    Cove offers an easy to install smart CO detector which integrates seamlessly into your home security system. You can be confident that you and your family are safe with Cove Security. We recognize the need for holistic security, and so we offer many options so you can be safe from many different threats to your safety and health.

    Answer: Carbon monoxide detectors use sensors to monitor the amount of toxic gas in the air.

    Carbon monoxide detectors can use different types of technology to identify noxious gas in the air inside of your home. Just like you can buy different styles of detectors, you can buy detectors with different sensors. Here are some of the most widely used sensors.

    Electrochemical Sensor. The Cove carbon monoxide detector is an electrochemical sensor. An electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor uses the chemical properties of carbon monoxide to determine the concentration of the gas in the air. Essentially, multiple electrodes inside of the device are submerged in a chemical liquid or gel. These electrodes measure chemical reactions between the air that seeps into the device through a porous membrane and the inside of the device. The chemical reaction creates an electrical output that is directly proportional to the amount of carbon monoxide in the air next to the sensor.

    Electrochemical sensors are considered the highest quality type of sensor available. They are the best at detecting carbon monoxide levels in the air, making them the best at keeping your home safe. They also have a long lifespan.

    Metal Oxide Semiconductor Sensor. Carbon monoxide alarms that use metal oxide semiconductor sensors utilize circuitry to detect gas in the air. When carbon monoxide comes in contact with the circuits inside of the device, the device’s electrical resistance is lowered. This process triggers the alarm that lets you know there is too much lethal gas in your home’s air. These sensors usually come in plug-in form.

    Biomimetic Sensor. Using color-changing liquids that change color as they absorb carbon monoxide, this sensor mimics the response of hemoglobin in human blood to carbon monoxide. When the liquid inside of this device comes in contact with carbon monoxide, it changes color. A separate sensor monitors the color change of the liquid and sets off the alarm when the color change is drastic enough. Then, after the alarm has gone off, a biomimetic sensor can be rest by spending time in an environment that is free of carbon monoxide. After it has reset, it is ready to be used once again.

    Optochemical Sensor. This sensor uses color to signify the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, much like the biomimetic sensor. A pad inside of the device will change color as it detects the gas in the air. Unlike the other sensors, though, optochemical sensors cannot tell how much carbon monoxide is in the air. Although you should always immediately evacuate an area with raised levels of carbon monoxide in the air, knowing the saturation level of the air allows you to know how deadly it is to take it into your body. All carbon monoxide alarms are designed to sound the alarm before levels get high enough to cause you any harm, but you can never be too safe.

    Answer: Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas, and near appliances that burn fuel. We recommend placing your device on the ceiling or on the wall at about the height of a light switch.

    Now that you know more about why you need carbon monoxide detectors inside of your home and what some of your options are when it comes to purchasing a device, the next step is to determine where you should install your devices. You will also need to determine how many you need to install to keep every area of your home safe. Installing these devices correctly means that your family will be better protected from noxious fumes. Installing them incorrectly or in unhelpful places will make the devices far less effective, placing your family in danger.

    One of the first steps in answering this question is to learn what the legal requirements are for carbon monoxide alarms in your state. From the style of alarm, type of sensor, and whether or not you are legally required to have these alarms in your home, requirements differ between state lines.

    Regardless of whether or not your state requires you to install carbon monoxide sensors, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that every home have a carbon monoxide detector. At a minimum, they recommend every home has carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level of the home (including the attic and basement) and outside of each sleeping area. The sensors outside of all sleeping areas should be placed within 10 feet of the door and have an audible alarm loud enough to wake up the residents of the home at night. They also recommend an annual tune-up on every appliance that uses fuel in order to make sure that things are running safely.

    Popular sensor placement includes the areas listed above, the kitchen, and highly trafficked areas of the home like the living room. Avoid placing a sensor in the following areas:

    • Places where the sensor could be affected by drafts, like next to windows
  • Somewhere that is hard to clean, allowing the sensor to collect dust
  • Somewhere that is in the way where it might get knocked over
  • In a confined area, like inside a cabinet
  • In order to best place carbon monoxide sensors, people have sought an answer to whether the gas rises or falls in an air-filled room. Carbon monoxide is lighter than air, but only slightly. Because the weight difference between the two substances is so minimal, carbon monoxide does not settle in a neat area above the air in a room. Instead, its similar weight allows it to intermingle with the air, mixing in with what we normally breathe. It moves through rooms regularly with the flow of air.

    Since this deadly gas does not rest above or below the air in a room, it is okay to install a carbon monoxide alarm at practically any height. In fact, you may have noticed as you’ve gone into your friends’ homes that two of the most popular placements for these devices are up on the ceiling paired with smoke detectors (placed high up because smoke rises above air) and closer to the ground as a plug-in detector.

    Our carbon monoxide detectors can be placed on the ceiling (at least 12 inches away from the wall) or on the wall, where we recommend placement at least as high as a light switch and at least 6 inches below the ceiling.

    Answer: If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, gather everyone in your home and evacuate immediately. Call 911 and do not re-enter the home until it has been deemed safe by emergency personnel.

    After learning that carbon monoxide is fatal when brought into the body in large amounts, you may wonder what to do if your alarm ever does go off. The first thing that you should do in the event of your alarm sounding is to remain calm. Gather everyone inside of your home (including pets) and get out of the house and into fresh air. Call 911 and report a gas leak at your home so that you can have professionals come and make sure that your home is safe. Immediately go to the hospital and get tested for carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not re-enter your home until emergency personnel have declared the inside of your home safe. This will involve giving your home time to air out, so you may not be able to go back inside immediately. Your Cove Touch Panel will sound an alarm and the monitoring center will call you, the authorities, and your emergency contacts.

    If your alarm sounded but emergency personnel cannot find any traces of carbon monoxide inside of your home, your device may be faulty. False alarms can happen, especially if the device is placed too close to appliances that burn fuel. But, instead of questioning the accuracy of your device, it is always better to be safe and assume that there is a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide in the air.