If your Hilton Head home uses natural gas, or if you have a wood or gas fireplace, you need a carbon monoxide detector. In fact, even if you have an all-electric home, you might consider getting a detector if you use a backup general or other carbon-fueled heat/power source. Inhaling too much carbon monoxide (CO) gas can lead to poisoning and possibly death, so there’s pretty good reason to spend $35 on a carbon monoxide detector. In many municipalities, they are required in rental units and/or in newly constructed homes. Your Hilton Head heating and cooling specialist will also be able to shed some light on the need for CO detectors and which might best suit your needs.
Three are three main types of CO detectors: plug-in models plug directly into an existing outlet with battery backup; you can also find models that only use battery power. Lastly, you might see hardwired detectors in newly constructed Hilton Head homes. Most owners of existing homes will opt for plug-in or battery units that are easier to install.
If you have a large home, you might consider interconnecting CO detectors. Most hardwired systems are interconnecting; when one alarm picks up dangerous levels of CO, all the alarms sound. We did find one model, the First Alert Onelink, that’s battery powered but that can also connect to other models to perform this function. That’s a benefit in big Hilton Head homes or homes with several floors, where you might not hear an alarm sounding in a distant part of the house.
Lastly, some models combine a carbon monoxide detector with a smoke alarm. While that’s one way to cut down on the number of sensor gadgets in your home, these models typically include just one of the two types of smoke-detector sensors (experts say your home needs both types for the best protection).
Consider these tips when shopping for a carbon monoxide detector: