What do you know about the gas leak detector?
Gas leaks in your home come in many forms, and not all of them smell like rotten eggs. In fact, two of the most dangerous gases -- carbon monoxide (CO) and radon -- are completely odorless, earning them the nickname "the silent killer." That's why it's crucial to have some type of gas leak detector for your home. Fortunately, these detectors are now incorporated into many other safety devices, such as digital air monitors and dual smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
What are the common gas detectors?
You may need more than one gas leak detector in your home, especially if you have more than one bedroom or more than one bedroom. Most of the sensors we recommend will run continuously, often for years, to alert you when a gas leak is detected. These detectors are not designed to identify the exact source of a leak. The utility company is strongly warning homeowners not to search for the source if they are warned of a possible gas leak.
Fixed installations: These gas leak detectors are mounted on the ceiling or high on the wall, or in other specific locations as directed. They can sense leaks of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide or flammable gases such as propane or natural gas—some devices can also detect smoke. They run continuously and are powered by batteries or are hardwired into the home's electrical system. If the device is plugged into an outlet, it should come with an extension so the sensor can be positioned higher up the wall for different gases.
Handheld Probes: These sniffer devices detect flammable and explosive gases in the area near the probe and display the gas concentration on a gauge. If you have just installed a gas appliance and suspect there may be a gas leak in the pipes. They can be used as a safety check. These devices do not operate continuously and cannot detect carbon monoxide. Therefore they cannot be used in place of carbon monoxide or smoke detectors.
What to pay attention to when buying a gas leak detector
Battery life: Make sure the device has a light so you know it's powered. Test installed detectors monthly and replace batteries at least once a year. Choosing to replace them on New Year's Day would be a good reminder. Some devices are a sealed unit that must be completely replaced when the battery fails.
Gas Types: It is important to understand which gases the device can detect and which cannot. Some detectors can identify more than one gas, and some can detect smoke. But don't make the mistake of assuming that a carbon monoxide detector will also detect gas leaks. Unless it specifically says it will, it won't.
Sensitivity: Sensors with adjustable and higher sensitivity can more easily identify the source of a gas leak.
App-Based Alerts: Some devices can send data to your smartphone via an app via WiFi or Bluetooth. Allowing you to monitor conditions even when you're not around.
Smart Home Integration: If you already own other smart home gadgets. You want to check if a gas leak detector can integrate with your smart home ecosystem and improve your home security.