The first step in carbon monoxide alarm installation is choosing which type of detector you wish to install. The first option you have is choosing between a carbon monoxide monitor and a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors work a lot like smoke alarms and alert you when a high level of carbon monoxide is present in the air. However, long-term exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can be just as dangerous, and carbon monoxide detectors are unable to detect these low levels. Carbon monoxide monitors, however, give you a digital readout of the carbon monoxide so you can monitor it no matter how much or how little there is in the air. If you would like to ensure that you are able to keep up with the amount of carbon monoxide in the air, carbon monoxide monitor installation is an excellent option to consider.
Other options include a dual-function carbon monoxide detector which is able to detect both smoke and carbon monoxide, a battery operated carbon monoxide detector, which is the most affordable option but also the most prone to malfunction, or a hard-wired carbon monoxide detector/monitor which is connected to your home’s electricity and is much more reliable.