If your New Hampshire home features any fuel burning appliances, a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is required by law. CO is colorless, odorless, tasteless and is known as the “silent killer” because it is virtually impossible to detect without the right device.
At Skovron Mechanical Services LLC. we want to make sure all homes, businesses, and facilities running on gas have a reliable CO detector in place. We provide professional CO detector installations throughout Manchester, NH and surrounding areas. We will help you choose the right type of device and help you install it in the right place, according to local building codes.
Choosing CO Detector by Sensor
CO detectors vary by sensor. Customers can choose from four different types of sensors, most with lifespans of up to 10 years.
- Electrochemical: This sensor detects carbon monoxide through changes in electrical currents. This type of sensor is highly accurate and works on minimal power. Lifespans are 5+ years. Electrochemical sensors are the most popular type of sensors used throughout the US.
- Biomimetic: This involves a color-changing gel when carbon monoxide is absorbed; the change in color sets the alarm off. Biomimetic sensors are the most reliable and are least likely to have false alarms. They are preferred in hospitals, hotels, apartment complexes, and other large facilities.
- Semiconductor: This sensor uses a silica chip to detect carbon monoxide. Once the gas is detected, the sensor lowers electrical resistance and the alarm is triggered. Semiconductor sensors require significant power to operate and last 5-10 years.
- Opto-chemical: This sensor features a pad that changes color when carbon monoxide is detected. CO detectors with opto-chemical sensors are the most budget-friendly, but they provide a lower level of protection compared to other sensors.
There is also the consideration of whether you want a battery-operated or plug-in detector. If you are unsure what type of CO detector to install, give us a call and we will help you choose the right one that fits your needs and budget.
Where to Install CO Detectors
According to New Hampshire CO detector requirements, your detector must be installed in the following areas:
- Outside every bedroom (within the immediate vicinity)
- Every floor of your home, including basements (but excluding attics and crawl spaces)
- Every individual unit in an apartment building must have a CO detector installed