There is no doubt that progress has been made with regards to carbon monoxide meters and their role in the stove installation process. It is now illegal to install a stove without a carbon monoxide meter and we can only speculate at the number of lives this has already saved. For those not aware of carbon monoxide, this is an odourless and colourless gas which can literally kill.
What does carbon monoxide do to the body?
Exposure to excessive levels of carbon monoxide will have an impact on the lives of healthy and unhealthy people. In simple terms, carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen carried around the body by the haemoglobin in red blood cells. As oxygen is vital for the brain, heart, nervous tissues and other vital organs, this can cause serious complications.
Levels in excess of 2.5% carbon monoxide in haemoglobin will begin to have a noticeable impact on an individual’s health. Small increases in carbon monoxide levels in the body will see a person having trouble concentrating, becoming clumsy as if they are drunk and a feeling of excessive tiredness. As the levels begin to rise, up to 40%, this will impact the vital organs of the body. Those with heart disease will be at greater risk of a heart attack and children/unborn babies are at particular risk because they are still growing and developing.
It is not being too dramatic to suggest that a carbon monoxide meter can be a lifesaver. It will detect this odourless colourless gas which can literally knock you out if exposed to heavy levels. Unfortunately, where there have been severe carbon monoxide leaks some people simply did not wake up. Therefore, it will be no surprise to learn there are a lot of carbon monoxide meters on the market today which include the following top 10 sellers:-
1. Artic SleepSafe Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Artic SleepSafe Carbon Monoxide Alarm is described by many as the leading carbon monoxide alarm on the market today. It is used by an array of local councils across the UK and it comes with a six year warranty. It has both a visual flashing light alarm as well as warning sound to enable you to evacuate the area as soon as possible. The product also has a test button and is extremely easy to install, requiring no maintenance. You will quite literally be able to sleep safe tonight knowing that potentially lethal carbon monoxide gases are being constantly monitored. If you are unsure where to locate your carbon monoxide alarm feel free to give us a call.
2. Life Saver Carbon Monoxide Alarm
It is safe to say that the Life Saver Carbon Monoxide Alarm does what it says on the tin, constantly monitor the atmosphere for carbon monoxide. As is now commonplace, there is both a visual and an audible alarm to warn you as soon as possible of an increase in carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. While obviously very important for the stove industry, there are other products which may release carbon monoxide into the atmosphere such as a faulty gas boiler. This machine also has a test/reset button with dimensions of 7 cm x 12 cm x 3 cm and weighing just 200 g.
3. Fireangel CO-9D Digital Sealed for Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm
While the bestselling carbon monoxide alarms do pretty much the same thing, some of them do have additional add-ons. For example, the Fireangel CO-9D Digital Sealed for Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm has an automatic self diagnostic check to ensure the product is working at all times. There is a large test and silence button and the product is seven years sealed for the life of the lithium battery. This means that no maintenance is required once the carbon monoxide alarm has been installed. The product has dimensions of 4 cm x 12.5 cm x 7.4 cm and weighs in at 118 g. The feeling of safety should never be underestimated!
4. Fireangel CO-9B Carbon Monoxide Meter
As far as carbon monoxide meters go, the Fireangel CO-9B Carbon Monoxide Meter does exactly what it says on the tin. The audio and visual alarms will ensure that you are alerted to an increase in carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. There is also the option to test the machine from time to time for peace of mind. The product comes with a replaceable one-year battery and also has its own automatic self diagnostic check. This ensures that you will be alerted immediately to any problems with the product or a battery nearing the end of its life. You will also be able to sleep well at night which is worth its weight in gold.
5. Fireangel CO-9X Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The beauty of the modern day carbon monoxide alarm, such as the Fireangel CO-9X Carbon Monoxide Alarm, is the fact that not only do they have a visual and audible alarm but they can also self test. This ensures that the Fireangel CO-9X Carbon Monoxide Alarm will be working at all times and if there is a fault you will be warned. To put your mind at rest, there is also a test/reset button although the self diagnostic system will continually monitor the performance of the product. It is no surprise to see that this particular carbon monoxide meter is proving to be very popular amongst stove installers.
6. Kidde 7COC Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Kidde has been one of the best-known brands in fire/gas protection industry for many years now. So it will be no surprise to see the Kidde 7COC Carbon Monoxide Alarm up there with the most popular carbon monoxide alarms. The multi-LED display covers the visual alarm and then there is the audible alarm. The test/reset button together with the end-of-life warning on the batteries will certainly give you great peace of mind. The dimensions of this alarm are 12.6 cm x 3.5 cm x 7.2 cm and it weighs in at just 118 g. Do not be fooled by the light weight, this is literally a lifesaver!
7. Kidde 5DCO Digital Display Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The slimline case and the 10 year sensor lifespan make the Kidde 5DCO Digital Display Carbon Monoxide Alarm one of the most popular available today. The product is kitemarked and CE marked and also comes with a seven year warranty. The visual and audio alarm will ensure that you are fully aware of any issues regarding carbon monoxide in your vicinity. This ensures that you can take precautionary action which could potentially save lives. This product weighs in at 249 g with dimensions of 3.5 cm x 12.6 cm x 7.2 cm. Again, like all of the products on the bestselling list, it is not difficult to see why it is popular – another potential lifesaver.
8. Kidde 7DCOC 7DCO Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Kidde 7DCOC 7DCO Carbon Monoxide Alarm is one of the most successful on the market today attracting literally thousands of positive reviews on sites such as Amazon. There is both an audio and visual alarm, as well as a power LED to show you that the machine is working. The digital display shows the carbon monoxide levels in the atmosphere which is very useful. The batteries are replaceable, the product comes with a 10 year sensor warranty and there is an end-of-life alarm alert. You can also test/reset the Kidde 7DCOC 7DCO Carbon Monoxide Alarm and above all, it could literally save your life. Kidde is a very strong name in fire/gas safety and this product only enhances that reputation.
9. FireAngel CO-9XT-FF Carbon Monoxide Alarm
On the surface the FireAngel CO-9XT-FF Carbon Monoxide Alarm may look fairly simple and basic but this is one of the more advanced carbon monoxide alarms. As you would expect, there are both audio and visual alarms when carbon monoxide readings reach unsafe levels. The advanced electrochemical sensor can detect relatively low levels of carbon monoxide to give you advance warning of a potential problem. This carbon monoxide alarm is seven years sealed for battery life, extremely easy to install and portable. It can be introduced to the boiler room, kitchen, living room or bedroom although it would be sensible to take advice about where to locate it.
10. FireAngel CO-9X-10T-FF Carbon Monoxide Alarm
You will have noticed that the likes of Kidde and FireAngel dominate the list of bestselling carbon monoxide meters. It will therefore be no surprise to see the FireAngel CO-9X-10T-FF Carbon Monoxide Alarm up there with the more popular ones. The advanced electrochemical sensor can detect relatively low level changes in carbon monoxide. The LED status shows the power is working and will alert you, via audio and visually, to any problems. The product has a seven year lifespan and a 10 years seal for the battery life. Commonly used in boiler rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms, the FireAngel CO-9X-10T-FF Carbon Monoxide Alarm is extremely easy to install.
As you will see from the selection of bestselling carbon monoxide meters above, all of them do the basics extremely well while some have additional extras such as ultrasensitive carbon monoxide detectors. It is probably best to take advice from your stove installer as to which carbon monoxide meter would best with your situation. However, what we do know is that all of the above products could literally save your life!
If your stove was installed some years ago, before the new regulations, if you have not already done so it is highly advisable to install a carbon monoxide meter. This colourless and odourless gas literally deprives the body of oxygen slowly shutting down the vital organs such as the heart and brain. We have seen many people falling asleep on the back of heavy exposure to carbon monoxide never to wake again. Make sure that is not you or your family!