Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home? Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a dangerous gas that is formed from partially burned fuel, such as gasoline, oil, natural gas, and even wood. Carbon Monoxide is created every day by the normal functions of our society in the processes of heating water, driving cars, baking casseroles, and lighting up cozy fireplaces.
In low concentrations, CO is harmless to humans and dissipates into the air where it is absorbed and filtered by trees and plants in their process of photosynthesis. But in modern homes and businesses where rooms are poorly ventilated or an appliance has a leak, this naturally occurring vapor can be deadly.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
When Carbon Monoxide has concentrated in a room to the level of 200 parts per million (ppm), it will begin to cause adverse effects on people and pets. This can happen due to a broken appliance, or a blocked furnace vent, etc.. As the body absorbs the gas, oxygen in the body is replaced with the carbon monoxide and those who are being affected will experience headaches and dizziness. Higher concentrations of the vapors will result in organ failure, convulsions and ultimately death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 400 people are killed by Carbon Monoxide poisoning every year in the United States; another 20,000 victims visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 require hospitalization!
You Can Protect Yourself
One of the most dangerous characteristics of Carbon Monoxide is its subtle and nearly undetectable nature. The gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can do a lot of damage before anyone realizes there is a problem. In homes where a leak occurs at night, the poison can catch a sleeping family entirely unaware and lead to tragedy, as the statistics show.
Thankfully, the potential damage can be prevented through modern technology. A Carbon Monoxide detector is a lifesaver that can catch toxic fumes before they reach the point of disaster. These handy devices are just as important for security as a burglar alarm or fire detector!
How a Detector Works
Carbon Monoxide detectors are relatively simple devices that measure the amount of CO in the air. When an unsafe level of Carbon Monoxide builds up in a room, the device sends an electronic signal to the alarm, which promptly alerts those in the building. The alarms are often very loud, due to the present potential danger.
Detectors can have several types of sensors including biomimetic, electrochemical, and metal oxide semiconductor sensors. Some are powered by batteries, but the more accurate sensors plug into the wall to support the device more reliable.
Time to Make the Safe Choice
Are you ready to have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home or business? Greensite has certified Honeywell installers just waiting to make sure the job gets done right. Throughout the Long Island and New Jersey area, there isn’t a better specialist to turn to when it comes to home security!
You can have a CO detector incorporated into your current Honeywell security system, or you can also install a device that is solely a CO detector. There is no better way to protect yourself and your family against this “silent killer.” With our monitoring system, an alarm can let you know of danger in your home even if you’re away; this is a great way to ensure the protection of your loved ones and pets 24/7!
If you have any questions, or if you’d like a free quote, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’d love to answer your questions because safety is our biggest concern! Nothing makes us happier than to know that our clients can sleep securely at night without fear of thieves, fire, or toxic fumes in their home.
Empower People with Disabilities
The new smart home is an extension of universal design that makes moving around a home more accessible for people with disabilities. The technology empowers seniors, veterans, and others with mobility issues.
The smart home that has appliances and electronics connected to remote control apps on a smartphone or tablet will make mobility easy. The controls include:
- Turning lights on and off in a room
- Thermostat settings
- Controls for appliances
- Surveillance and security systems
- People in wheelchairs need larger doors and grab bars in bathrooms. They also need light switches and electrical outlets that are easy to reach in most rooms. Sinks and counters should also be accessible.
The smart home offers these conveniences with assistive technology. Electronics are carefully wired into a one control panel and arranged so that they can be controlled through a smartphone, tablet or another mobile device. This incorporates new Z-Wave technology for light switches.
Most people don’t even think about flipping on a light switch. They also don’t think about turning on a lamp, desk light, or task light. A person with limited mobility in his or her arms or hands may have a problem with the simple act of turning on lights.
All light fixtures can be controlled remotely in a smart home, even responding to voice commands using Amazon Echo or Google Home. Individual motion sensors can be installed in rooms to turn on lights when people enter a room automatically. Both motion sensors or voice commands are convenient for anyone entering a dark space with a hand full of packages or carrying a baby.
This motion sensor system is now standard in bathrooms and other rooms in hotels, restaurants, and various public places. Motion sensors that control lights are also used outdoors with surveillance systems. The type of light can also be used in the home to turn on lights in a front, back or side entry.
This control is often placed on a wall at least five feet above the floor. The thermostat can be easily controlled by a smartphone that allows the user to set and control settings.
The person can check the temperature of a home from anywhere and turn on the heat or air conditioner before arriving home. The entire home or room temperatures can be easily adjusted while in the home with the remote.
Security Systems and Appliances
The remote control can be used to turn on an appliance such as an oven from another location, even another room. This is an added convenience for someone who does not move very fast. Appliances such as a washing machine or dryer can be checked remotely to see how much time remains before the cycle is finished.
Security and surveillance systems are most important for anyone with a disability, for seniors, and people living alone. This is extra protection against intruders. The security system can include cameras or alarms along with sensor lights. Surveillance cameras can be monitored with a mobile device or computer.
Video Doorbell Technology connected to the door of an individual apartment or condominium as well as to a home can give peace-of-mind when a stranger comes to the door. Electronic door locks programmed to a mobile device will instantly lock all doors with one app. Remotely controlled door locks are helpful for everyone.
Greensite installs all of the electronics necessary for smart home monitoring for people with disabilities and seniors. This includes the Z-Wave technology that ties your home electronics together and connects them to your smartphone. Contact Greensite today.