How Much Does a Carbon Monoxide Detector Cost?
A carbon monoxide detector is a device that detects the presence of carbon monoxide gas within a home or building. In a report published by the CDC, carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for over 500 accidental deaths per year, which is why carbon monoxide detectors are essential for every home.
Carbon monoxide is a gas that is almost impossible for a person to detect because it is tasteless, odorless, and colorless.
How much is it?
- Carbon monoxide detectors can cost as little as $12 for a very basic detector to over $500 for an advanced model. However, most household models will cost $15 to $35.
- For instance, this popular First Alert CO600 retails for $20 to $30 on Amazon.com.
- Walmart.com, for example, sells a handful of different brands that range from $15 to $30.
What is going to be included?
- These are common types of detectors available on the market: CO alarms, ionization, photoelectric, dual-sensor and combination.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are small alarm units which are installed in a house or building in order to monitor carbon monoxide levels. There are essentially three types of detectors based on the method they use to detect the carbon monoxide and the method will determine whether you need to change the sensor or the unit itself when it is time for maintenance. A power source is included in the detector to ensure that the unit is constantly on and monitoring the environment.
- Carbon monoxide alarms also come as a battery operated model or an electrical model.
- Brands can come with a variety of features, including test buttons, silence options, and visual indicators.
- Reputable brands will include a warranty that lasts five to eight years.
- Kidde and First Alert tend to be the top selling brands on the market.
What are the extra costs?
- When you buy a CO detector, you need to consider installation costs that may be required for the detector. A professional installation job can cost $200 to $300.
- You should also take into account where the best place is to install the alarm and whether you need more than one alarm for different rooms or areas in the house. A detector should be installed on each level of the home, being at least 15-feet from a sleeping area.
- A smoke alarm is essential as well. There are some units that double as a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in one unit. This will be more expensive than a carbon monoxide detector alone, but it will save you money if you are planning to purchase both anyway.
Tips to know:
- Choose the power source wisely. Electrical alarms may be preferred but if you choose an electrical alarm, then you need to ensure that it has a battery backup for times when there is no power like during a power outage.
- In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Make sure that you have carbon monoxide detectors near these areas.
- Choosing an alarm with some sort of digital memory function is really helpful to monitor levels and catch rising levels before they become dangerous. Make sure the alarm you choose has a distinctive audio alarm so that there is no chance of sleeping through the alarm.
- Before you make a purchase, check local codes to know what the requirements are in regards to placement.
- It is important to consider a battery backup if you plan on buying a hard-wired unit.
- A low-battery alert alarm is essential to make sure you know when the battery needs to be replaced. If your detector does not have this feature, try to replace the battery at least once a year.
How can I save money?
- You could save money by finding the cheapest model available. But when lives are at stake, it is best to balance cost with value. Do some research on the various models available and once you have chosen a model then you can try to save money by finding the best deal on the model you choose.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide combinations are available on the market. If you need to buy smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector, consider a combination package.
- You can usually get a discount on home and/or health insurance for taking precautions such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.