Tech Tip: CO2 Detectors

A small chemistry lesson:

co2CO2, or Carbon Dioxide is a naturally occurring compound in our atmosphere. It is taken in by plants, who put off O2 (Oxygen) in return. While this gas is not beneficial, it is not harmful to humans or animals in the small naturally occurring doses. CO  (Carbon Monoxide), like CO2, is a byproduct of the chemical reaction that we call combustion or fire. Unlike CO2, CO can be deadly. In the lungs, it will block the Oxygen that we need from being transferred to our blood stream. CO and CO2 are also produced in gas-burning furnaces, fire-places, and stoves. Normally, these devices are able to keep these gasses from the breathing air of the home by venting. When these devices fail mechanically, the home could be filled with the dangerous CO, as well as the not-such-a-big-deal CO2.

The take-away: Carbon-Dioxide is fine, it is Carbon Monoxide that is dangerous and we provide detectors for. CO2 detectors save lives. Please be sure to use the proper terms.codetector

These tech tips are intended to provide insights to small nuances to help with many different products we offer. It is the small attention to detail that separates an outstanding job from an OK one. Although these apply primarily to technicians, they will help others gain insight to what the technicians do – in small doses.