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Choosing the Right Natural Gas Detector for Your Home

For the most part, natural gas is a perfectly safe heating alternative. However, there is always the chance of a gas leak occurring at some point in the life of your heating systems. Your local gas company is ever on the watch for anything that might appear to indicate a gas leak, but there is a step you can take to protect you and your loved ones: purchase a natural gas detector.

One thing to keep in mind is that a natural gas detector can be purchased with a variety of features. They also will vary in the ease of installation, and the cost will also be determined by the type and how many bells and whistles you require for your home.

One very important factor in determining whether to buy any a particular natural gas detector has to do with how sensitive the alarm system needs to be in order to properly protect your home. Make sure you get a unit that will not be triggered by such factors as cigarette smoke or a change in humidity.

When evaluating various natural gas detector models, check to see what is the most sensitive setting for detecting a gas leak. This is referred to as the Lower Explosive Limit rating. The lower the LEL, the more quickly the unit will warn you of a gas leak.

Some natural gas detector models come with both an audible alarm and a light to alert persons of a gas leak. These can be ideal for areas of the home that are used frequently, or in the case of persons living in the home that may have hearing loss.

When you have chosen the gas detector, it is very important to carefully consider where you decide to install it. Just as with smoke detectors, a gas detector needs to be placed in locations that are in close proximity to where a leak could occur. Usually, the owner's manual that comes with the natural gas detector will give you suggestions about the best spots for installation. Also, some types may be triggered by propane as well, so keep that in mind if you like to use the gas grill just outside an open kitchen window.

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