I have natural gas 3 zone heating, with hot water forced throughout
baseboards in the house. I just bought a carbon monoxide detector, but it
occurred to me that CO may not be an issue with the baseboards. Do I
need a CO detector with baseboard heat?
the boiler could develop a problem and flood your home with that
killer gas, or a clogged chimeney on a hot water heater, or a car
carelessely left running in a attached garage.....
its a excellent detector to have..........
The issue isn't the radiators, it's the boiler. Modern gas boilers and
furnaces are very safe, but in the event of something as simple as a flue
pipe coming loose, deadly colorless, odorless gas may be released into the
There are two kinds of CO detectors. One goes off when the threshold limit
is reached. The other also goes off there, but has a digital readout so you
can see what the actual level is. Say the level is 400. Wouldn't you like
to know that the level got to 395 in your sleep last evening instead of
assuming that all is well because it didn't go off? The digital readout can
alert you to problems, and just gives ME a sense of being aware of problems
before they become issues.
Wrong, all the current models operate on a time weighted alarm
threshold, regardless of whether they provide a digital display. Near
instant alarm at very high levels, alarm in a short while at modest
levels alarm in a long while of low level, etc.
wrote Re Re: Do I need a carbon monoxide detector with baseboard
And don't forget to look at the readings whenever you pass the
detector. That will alert you to potential problems before they get
severe. Oh, and don't forget smoke detectors and have you basement
checked for radon yearly. Also check for mold and excessive dust
buildup in air ducts and make sure that infrequently used water drain
traps are kept filled with water (if the water evaporates deadly sewer
gases can get in the house).
Or, you can just pop a beer, light up a smoke, eat a steak and sit
back and enjoy your life.
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