Oct 14, 2021|

What People Are Saying About Our CO Detector

When it comes to protecting your home from outside threats, you’ve probably got the basics covered—smoke alarms, door locks, and the like. But what about carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one of cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, making a carbon monoxide detector a must-have for your home.

Vivint’s CO Detector provides accurate, timely carbon monoxide detection so you can get your family to safety if there’s an emergency. In addition to protection against carbon monoxide poisoning, this essential device provides peace of mind—and our customers wholeheartedly agree.

Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide and what our customers think of the Vivint CO Detector.

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What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. It’s produced whenever fuels that contain carbon (such as gas, coal, kerosene, wood, and oil) are burned.

Many of your every-day, essential items around the home produce carbon monoxide, including:

  • Cars and trucks
  • Stoves and gas ranges
  • Fireplaces (both gas and wood-burning)
  • Furnaces
  • Gas-powered lawn equipment, such as mowers and edgers
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Barbecue grills
  • Water heaters

Carbon monoxide is a pollutant, but in outdoor settings, it mixes with fresh air and isn’t likely to reach dangerous levels. Inside the home, however, is a different matter. In enclosed environments like your home or garage, a high concentration of CO reduces the amount of oxygen available and can be deadly.

When properly installed and maintained, carbon monoxide levels don’t build up to dangerous levels in the home. Appliances in your home that produce carbon monoxide, such as your fireplace or fuel-burning furnace, are designed to safely vent carbon monoxide outside.

However, sometimes these appliances malfunction, and a leak can occur. Or, improperly operating fuel-burning appliances indoors (for example, setting up a barbecue grill in the house or leaving the car running in a closed garage) can quickly lead to dangerous and deadly levels.

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Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Because it is impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide detector, it can quickly overtake you and lead to serious injury or death.

Knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is essential. The most common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion

As you can see, these symptoms are similar to many other conditions, so it’s easy to pass them off as a bug. Most of us would try and rest or go to sleep if we felt these symptoms, but when the cause is CO poisoning, sleeping your symptoms off would be fatal.

That’s why a carbon monoxide detector is essential in your home. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, you should immediately exit your home so you can start breathing clean air.

Carbon monoxide detector basics

A carbon monoxide detector is a small device that’s placed or installed in your home, usually around sleeping areas. It monitors your home’s carbon monoxide levels and sounds an alarm if unhealthy levels are detected.

Some people mistakenly think their smoke alarm will also read carbon monoxide levels. Although it works similarly to a smoke alarm, CO detectors monitor for and detect different things. (You can purchase combination CO and smoke detectors, but keep in mind these devices often only detect smoldering fires and are less effective at detecting flaming fires and may not offer the most comprehensive protection.)

While smoke detectors are required by law in every state, carbon monoxide detectors aren’t—yet another reason why it’s so important to ensure your home has a carbon monoxide detector.

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

In addition to having an accurate CO detector, you can take steps around the house to help prevent dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from building up, including:

  • Never leave your car running inside the garage, even if the garage door is open. Carbon monoxide can leak into your home, so turn the car off immediately when you park inside your garage.
  • Keep fuel-burning appliances maintained, and schedule regular service and inspection from qualified professionals. This goes for heating systems, water heaters, fireplaces, and any other fuel-burning appliances.
  • Don’t use generators, camp stoves, lanterns, charcoal grills, or any other gas or charcoal-burning device inside your home or garage.
  • Never use a gas oven to heat your house.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detector regularly
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Vivint Carbon monoxide detector reviews

With something as crucial to have in your home as a carbon monoxide detector, it’s important to choose the best one. The Vivint CO Detector provides the accurate detection you need to keep your family safe.

Take a look at some of the reasons our customers love their CO detectors:

Peace of mind

Perhaps the most frightening thing about carbon monoxide is its ability to go undetected, sometimes until it’s too late. (One of the reasons why it’s often called “the silent killer.”)

Our customers can rest easy with a CO Detector in their homes, knowing it can detect and warn them of danger they would otherwise be unaware of.

It’s always good to have these in your home. Years ago I had carbon monoxide issues in my home and thank God I caught it immediately. I’m absolutely loving all the products purchased from Vivint.

Joseph

We sleep better at night with our wireless CO Detector installed.

Tymothi

An essential unit for a home using gas, peace of mind.

Richard P.

Feel very safe with this install

Gary

Peace of mind knowing if you have CO in the house you will be alerted

Mark

Accurate, instant alerts

A carbon monoxide detector is only as good as its ability to accurately detect carbon monoxide, and then alert you in a timely manner. The Vivint CO Detector provides accurate carbon monoxide detection and will instantly sound the alarm if unhealthy levels are present.

I am happy that this product was available to install in my home knowing that my family is safe should CO be present to warn my family to exit the home

Donnalee

Professional monitoring

When any alarm in your home goes off, your first priority should be getting your family to safety. When a CO detector goes off, the fire department should be called immediately so they can come and assess the threat.

Vivint offers professional monitoring and will contact emergency responders on your behalf, so you can focus on what’s important. Should your CO Detector go off, you can quickly get your family outside to safety while Vivint’s 24/7 professional monitoring team gets you the help you need.

Professional installation

In order to get the most accurate reading, placement of your carbon monoxide detector matters. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, carbon monoxide detectors can be placed on the ceiling, or on the wall at least 5 feet from the floor. They should not be placed over a fireplace or other fuel-burning appliance, which can cause false alarms. Additionally, you should put them outside sleeping areas.

It’s a lot to keep track of—and your safety depends on it. With Vivint, professional installation is included with all systems. Our Smart Home Technicians will install your CO Detectors, make sure they are placed in optimal locations, and test them to ensure they’re working properly.

For our customers, this is another reason they love their CO Detector:

Great piece of mind installed by our HVAC and hot water heater in the basement

Kevin

Smart home integration

When your CO Detector is part of a complete smart home system, it works together with the other systems and appliances in your home to ensure you and your family can get to safety as quickly as possible.

If dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are detected in your home, here’s how your Vivint smart home kicks into gear:

  • Your HVAC system turns up, helping stimulate airflow in the home
  • Doors with Smart Locks unlock so you can exit quickly while allowing emergency responders to get inside and address the threat
  • Security sensors disarm so windows can be opened to improve ventilation without triggering a security alarm

It’s a feature our customers appreciate as well, saying this about the CO Detector as part of their Vivint smart home:

Excellent safety item. If my home detects excessive CO or smoke it automatically unlocks my front door for easy exit on case of emergency.

James

Let Vivint CO Detector protect your home

From carbon monoxide to fires to break-ins, Vivint can help you keep your home and family safe. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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