One of the most important things you need to know about carbon monoxide (CO) is that it is dangerous, especially when found in the home. So, you want to make sure that’s there none of this colourless odourless gas that you can’t see, smell or taste in your house and the best way to do that is get the right CO detector. As you might imagine if you don’t already have one, there’s a wide selection to choose from and they include electrochemical, biomimetic and metal oxide varieties. There are differences and benefits to each type, but make no mistake that CO can cause serious health problems even at low levels of exposure, or death with prolonged contact. That’s why you need to follow a few criteria to make sure that you’re getting the one that will protect you and your family. With something this important, there are necessary government standards so you need to look for the logos of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) on any type of CO detector that you pick. A detector with a memory is a good idea as well since these can generally monitor long term low level exposure and/or short term/high level exposure. Placement is another consideration. Don’t place any units in unheated basements or near chimneys or flues where they will give off false readings. Remember too that battery operated units can be placed in convenient locations, but due diligence needs to be exercised to make sure batteries get replaced. Finally, don’t connect plug in detectors to outlets controlled by wall switches. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelph and the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351.