CO Detector vs CO Monitor

If you are among the millions of Americans diligently checking the batteries in your CO Detector, you may think you are doing all you can to protect your family from the silent, sometimes deadly effects of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. But – are you? When you consider that 50,000 people end up in the emergency room every year as a result of accidental CO poisoning, it pays to be sure. Even more disturbing is that for at least 430 of those people, the consequences will be fatal. So, what’s the best way to protect your family?

It starts with understanding the difference between the two primary tools for preventing accidental CO exposure – the CO Detector and the CO Monitor. While both devices alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide, one outranks the other in terms of prevention.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

The CO Detector is the most commonly used device for detecting carbon monoxide. Similar to a smoke alarm, it alerts you when carbon monoxide gas in your home reaches a dangerous level.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor

A CO Monitor does precisely what its name implies. It continually monitors the carbon monoxide in the air, providing a digital readout of the amount of CO measured in the air. But the key differentiator? It provides the level of CO, whether it is at a low level or a dangerous level.

Which Device Offers the Most Protection?

A CO Detector only measures the carbon monoxide level in the air every few hours, while a CO Monitor continually measures the air. This distinction is important because even at lower levels, exposure can be dangerous. Children, expectant mothers, and the elderly are, particularly at risk. With a CO Monitor alerting you to the amount of carbon monoxide in the air virtually on a constant basis, you can quickly determine when it may be a risk to someone in your family.

Let’s face it – detection is great; however, it is also an indicator that the carbon monoxide is already present at a dangerous level. Having a CO Monitor gives you the ability to stop the issue in its tracks early on – before any damage is done. CO Monitors are sometimes more expensive than CO Detectors. The benefits and the peace of mind far outweigh the cost.

If you’d like more information on preventing carbon monoxide leaks in your home, contact the professionals at Advent Air. We’re committed to helping you and your family breathe a little easier by improving the air you and your family breathe. Call to schedule your CO Monitor installation today.


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