What to do if your CO alarm is beeping.
CO alarm beeping? Here’s what to do.
Today, most people know about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and why it’s so important to have a CO alarm in your house. But many of us aren’t clear on what to do if that alarm does go off.
It’s important to understand that a house fire and CO exposure are two distinctly different situations. With a CO alarm, it’s not instantly clear whether it’s a false alarm, low battery, or emergency situation. Carbon Monoxide is known as The Silent Killer – it’s invisible, odorless and tasteless. So don’t take chances. When your alarm goes off, take these steps to ensure everyone’s safety.
First of all, don’t panic. Stop and listen to how the alarm is beeping. There are three different beeps you need to be aware of:
• One quick beep every 15 seconds. **
This indicates a low battery. If your alarm has a digital display, you will also see a “Lb” for “low battery” flashing in red.
• One quick beep every 30 seconds. **
This indicates that your alarm needs replacing. If your alarm has a digital display, you will also see “End” for “end of life” flashing in red.
• Four short beeps, followed by five seconds of silence. **
Your alarm has detected the presence of carbon monoxide. This must be treated as an emergency situation.
Four short beeps followed by silence? Act immediately!
- Evacuate the house, or move to fresh air by an open window or door.
- Do a head-count to make sure everyone in your home is accounted for.
- Call the fire department or 911 from a cell phone or neighbor’s house.
- Do not re-enter the house and move away from the open window or door until emergency first responders have investigated, giving you the all-clear, and your CO alarm is reset.
** Traits of Kidde CO alarms. Other alarms may have different warnings.
CO alarms manufactured by Kidde Canada and others may have different warning systems. Always check manufacturer manuals and specifications.
Keep these products away from your CO alarm.
Some household products can cause a false alarm if they’re stored too close to your CO detector. These products may include:
- paints and paint thinners
- hair sprays and strong perfumes
- plug-in and spray-type aerosol air fresheners
- cleaning products with strong odours such as pine
Be sure to store these products away from your carbon monoxide detector to minimize the risk of false alarms.
Inspect and maintain your heating systems, gas and other fuel burning appliances regularly.
The first step to avoiding a carbon monoxide accident is to have your heating systems and all of your gas or other fuel-burning appliances inspected and maintained yearly by a properly trained, professional technician.
Install a co alarm on every floor.
Every home should have a CSA – approved CO alarm installed on every story of the home, especially outside sleeping areas. Those alarms must be replaced every 7-10 years to ensure they are in good working order.
We want you to be safe!
As your neighbors and personal climate experts, everyone at ClimateCare wants to keep you and your family safe. Follow these steps and you’ll never have to worry about the dangers of carbon monoxide. You’ll sleep better. And so will we.
Noll Climatecare celebrates over 30 years of business servicing North Bay and surrounding area. Our professionally trained Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning technicians provide you with the luxury of temperature comfort in your home or business. Experts on furnaces, air conditioners, hot water systems and refrigeration systems, they provide you with everything you need and service on all your HVAC equipment. We are the authorized dealer for Lennox and ClimateCare equipment made by Johnson Controls. Check out our remodeled showroom to see many operational gas fireplaces from a number of leading industry manufacturers. We are the authorized dealer for Napoleon; Regency; Valor and Jotul. We install and service many Natural Gas, Propane, Wood, Wood inserts and Wood Pellet fireplaces. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you!
The warm weather is finally here: Summer is (dare we say) just around the corner. With the outdoor temperature increasing, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioning unit is in top form. But before you turn on your unit, we’ve compiled a checklist of 5 tips to help ensure your indoor temperatures are nice and cool, all season long.
- Book a Precision Tune-up: The benefits of an A/C tune-up from a qualified technician are endless. Not only do regular tune-ups extend the life of your A/C, but they will actually help lower your energy cost. Get your HVAC tech to double check Freon coolant levels, to ensure there are no leaks or issues.
- Prepare Outdoor Unit: Remove the cover and hose down your A/C. Pay special attention to cleaning the condenser coil: make sure outdoor debris including weeds, grass clippings, twigs, and branches are cleared away. Turn `ON’ the outdoor switch also ensure the breakers are ‘ON’. The humidifier bypass should be closed.
- Clear Away Buildup: In- home A/C units should be cleaned to remove buildup, created by dust and dirt, to maximize air flow. Wet shop-vacs can be used to remove sludge that can accumulate in drainage pipes. For a thorough job, call a professional duct cleaner to give you vents a full dusting.
- Open Vents: Furniture can obstruct airflow from entering a room: No more than 20% of return and supply registers should be closed. Turn on the A/C at your thermostat and let it run for an hour to ensure it’s properly cooling all the rooms in your home.
- Check Air Filters: Filters should be checked and unclean filters should be replaced to improve indoor air quality and achieve optimum airflow. As a rule of thumb, filters should be examined every 30-60 days, minimum.
How are you handling the consistent heat waves this summer? Is your central air conditioning system running on its last leg?
The truth is that the average life of a central air conditioning system can vary. On average cooling units built in the 1970s and 1980s can last 7-15 years, give or take depending on a few factors;
- Temperatures (indoors/outdoors)
- Frequency of use
- Frequency of maintenance
- Cleanliness of the unit
The climate can affect the lifespan of your A/C unit as it will increase the intensity of use. During heat waves such as the one in Southern Ontario that we’ve been experiencing, your unit has to work harder. Fortunately for Ontario the average summer temperatures range from 22 – 28 degrees Celsius and this summer is looking like it will exceed those averages regularly. Even during days of high heat, we recommended that you keep your thermostat at its usual settings. Be sure to proactively close your blinds and window treatments early in the day to reduce the effect of the sun adding to your cooling requirements. Also, in order to help evenly distribute the temperature around the house, turn the thermostat fan to on, rather than auto. This will help keep you comfortable without increasing the frequency of use.
An A/C unit that is rarely serviced, if at all, may only last 7 to 10 years. Whereas regularly cared for systems can last anywhere from 15-25 years. So take the time to care for your system.
In this economy, most of us are interested in saving money, and conserving energy too. Cleaning your HVAC units seasonally can do both.
Whether you’re looking for a new unit or parts, seasonal maintenance, an inspection or a tune-up, call your local ClimateCare contractor!
There are many door-to-door sales agents promising great savings on furnaces. These savings may seem hard to believe – and they are. Don’t be fooled. Here are a few of the tricks you should watch out for:
- Sales agents dressing like a technician or representative from another well-established and credible company.
- Implying they represent your current utility.
- Signing you up for a long-term contract at rental rates higher than others, while claiming to be saving you money.
- Telling you your furnace isn’t energy efficient.
BEWARE! READ THE FINE PRINT.
Don’t get trapped in an expensive, long-term contract.
The front door of your home is no place to make an important decision like buying a furnace. This should not be an impulsive decision. The installers may not be qualified, which can result in frequent breakdowns or poor performance. Installing a heating or cooling system properly requires taking the time to get all the technical specifications right. If it’s the wrong furnace or isn’t installed properly, it may not be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
Industry leaders and consumer advocates regularly issue warnings about the dangers of dealing with door-to-door heating and cooling sales agents. Don’t be pressured by their scare tactics!
ClimateCare would never employ door-to-door sales representatives. We respect your privacy. If you ever do need us, just call and we’ll be there right away. Call us before you sign a contract that you may regret later.
We know that the comfort and safety of your family is number one. You can reduce the risk of dust particles, bacterial growth, radon, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks and fires by keeping the condition of your furnace clean and efficient. And according to the American Lung Association, you avoid the possibility of respiratory conditions, bodily irritations, illness and disease by having clean air flow in the home.
August is traditionally a bad time for allergy sufferers, and this group of people tend to hide inside to avoid the pollens and plants that give them those awful symptoms. What these people need to remember is that indoor air quality is important to help alleviate the symptoms too!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the most important ways that you can reduce the build-up of indoor air pollution is to properly ventilate your home. Take advantage of the days that you can open your windows, avoid hard cleaning products and ask your father in law to stop smoking his pipe in the house. Furthermore you can use exhaust fans that send their exhaust outside of the home, or even install an air filtration system with a HEPA filter.
On average, you should have your ducts and HVAC system cleaned out and sprayed with a disinfectant every 1 to 2 years. If you’re a new home owner, duct cleaning and air cleaning should be one of the first things you do before turning on your central air conditioner or furnace. If you or the previous home owners have pets, smoke inside or if there is a lot of old carpet you should consider getting your system cleaned more frequently. If anyone in the home has health concerns such as allergies or asthma, you should be getting your system cleaned a minimum of once a year.
Without sounding too much like your mother, we’d like to ask you to change your furnace filter as part of your regular cleaning routines. When you allow it to go too long, you risk wearing out your blower quicker, using much more electricity or gas, and you won’t get the most efficient use out of your system – or your paycheck.
Not only can you ensure the safety of your family with regular HVAC and duct cleaning but research has demonstrated that it can help reduce power cost and conserve energy. It will run more efficiently and decrease the chance of break down.
If you have further questions or would like book a maintenance service, please contact us!