Carbon monoxide alarm purchase recommendations

This article will give you some advice on how to buy carbon monoxide. I hope it will help you。

1.Related regulations


The law in Scotland has changed and as of 1 February 2022.
it shows that if you have a carbon-fuelled appliance, like a boiler, fire, non-electric heater or flue you must also have a carbon monoxide detector. This does not need to be linked to the fire alarms.
If the carbon monoxide alarm is battery operated, it must have a sealed battery for the duration of its lifespan, which may be up to 10 years.
And you need to check that each alarm complies with the standards - Carbon monoxide detectors: British Kitemark EN 50291-1:2018


Carbon monoxide alarms are mandatory for all homes in Northern Ireland installing new fossil fuel equipment following changes to the building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 came into operation on 31 October 2012.


Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will change, effective from 15th July 2022. The new legislation aims to ensure that private and social rental properties in Wales are fit for human habitation, including the provision of appropriate fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems.
From July 15, 2022, landlords will have to ensure that there is a working, repaired carbon monoxide alarm in every room of the property, which contains a gas appliance, oil burner or solid fuel burner.


The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 have been approved by Parliament and will come into force as planned on 1 October 2015. From 1 October 2015, private sector owners are required to install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of their property and carbon monoxide alarms in any room equipped with solid fuel burning appliances such as coal stoves, wood stoves.

2. Different types of carbon monoxide alarms

The sensor in the CO alarm has a limited lifespan and cannot be used indefinitely. Before purchasing, check the life of the CO alarm given by the manufacturer and replace it before the life time is out to guarantee that you continue to receive enough protection. There are carbon monoxide alarms on the market that are five, seven, and ten years old and must be tested before purchasing.

Type of battery

Carbon monoxide detectors with sealed batteries, Replaceable batteries, and patch cords are now available on the market.

Sealed batteries carbon monoxide alarm

This alarm's battery is sealed inside the alarm; when the battery is going to run out, it will sound an alert to remind you to change the battery. This sealed battery life is typically seven or 10 years; the battery's use does not need to change. This type of alarm is ideal if you do not want to change your battery frequently.

Replaceable battery carbon monoxide alarm

If you have this type of detector, you should change the battery every two to three years, even if the alarm has a lifespan of five to 10 years.
A battery-replaceable alarm is usually a few pounds cheaper than a battery-sealed alarm, but the price is comparable considering the need to buy and replace batteries.
Please note that due to the replaceable batteries used in this alarm it is NOT a type that is permitted for use in Scottish homes from February 2022.

Patch-on carbon monoxide alarm

This type of alarm is the lowest cost, it can detect the presence of carbon monoxide, but there is no function of alerting you, when there is carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, the detector does not sound an alarm, it changes color.
It works because when carbon monoxide is present, the chemicals on his patch change color to indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. From a security perspective, however, we do not recommend using this type of detector. He can't alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide when you go to bed at night. We think the safest option for everyone is to choose a detector that will sound an alarm, not just indicate a problem. As a result, whether purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm or selecting the alarm function, the alarm sound should be 85 decibels or higher.

3.There are carbon monoxide products on the market

Fire angle

A seven-year-old battery, the Fireangel CO-9D digital carbon monoxide alarm has a digital display

with digital display
BSI Kitemark approvals(Certified to BS EN50291-1:2010+A1:2012 & BS EN50291-2:2010)
7 years lifetime Battery Powered(Sealed for life lithium)


Other:Item dimensions L x W x H 40 x 125 x 74 millimetres


Kidde 5DCO Ten Year Life Carbon Monoxide Alarm Digital Display Longlife Battery

10 year sensor lifespan and 10-year life and limited warranty.
Powered by two replaceable AA batteries (supplied).
Digital Display
Kitemarked to BS EN 50291-1 (domestic use). CE and UKCA marked.

Other:Item dimensions L x W x H 39 x 127 x 73 millimetres


X-Sense Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector, Digital Display Carbon Monoxide Detector, CO Alarm Detector with Peak Value Memory, 10-Year Battery, Conforms EN 50291, Portable for Indoor & Outdoor, XC01

10-year sealed lithium battery
Digital Display
Safety Standards(UL 2034 and EN 50291:2018)


Other:a built-in 10-year sealed battery But it only has a five-year warranty
Item dimensions L x W x H 135 x 63 x 16 millimetres

Wolf shield

Wolf Shield 2022 New Carbon Monoxide Alarm With Sealed 10-Year Lithium Battery Life-Time Warranty| Latest EN50291:2018 | Real-Time CO Digital Reading Display | Portable for Indoor & Outdoor

a built-in 10-year sealed battery and has a ten-year warranty
Safety Standards( EN 50291:2018)
Digital Display


black and white color
Item dimensions L x W x H 70 x 70 x 20 millimetres


5.How to choose

Pay attention to the appearance

The carbon monoxide alarm needs to be mounted on the wall of your home, 5 feet above the ground, so it's easier to see if you want it to fit into your home decor, you may need to choose a color that is similar to your home decor. Currently, the market is dominated by white carbon monoxide alarms, and wolf shield has both black and white options.

Battery mode

Now, in line with the regulations, it is more convenient to use the carbon monoxide alarm sealed battery, sealed battery with anti-tamper this function, will continue to life cycle of the alarm.

Functions and features

Carbon monoxide alarms also have different functions
1. The basic model is the least expensive choice, with a 10-year lifespan and changeable battery but no display.
2. The necessity for a real-time display that indicates the level of carbon monoxide in your area and allows you to keep up with the level of carbon monoxide and protect yourself raises the expense of having a screen. Even if the warning threshold is not achieved, we believe that long-term exposure to low-concentration carbon monoxide is hazardous to the human body.
Here are the dangers of low carbon monoxide concentrations.




Natural atmosphere level or clean air.


An increase of 1 ppm in the maximum daily one-hour exposure is associated with a 0.96 percent increase in the risk of hospitalization from cardiovascular disease among people over the age of 65.


6% increase in the rate of admission in hospitals of non-elderly for asthma.


Significant risk of low birth weight ifexposed during last trimester - in a study of 125,573 pregnancies


Significant increase in heart disease deaths and hospital admissions for congestive heart failure


World Health Organization lists as causing impaired performance, decrease in exercise capability, shortened time to angina response and vigilance decrement.


Typical concentration in flue gases (chimney) of a properly operating furnace or water heater/boiler.

As a result, we recommend that you get one with a carbon monoxide alarm display frequency.

3.Having a display and sealing the battery is a quick and easy approach to do this. You don't need to change the battery very frequently; simply test it to check whether it's operating correctly. It can alert you when the charge is low and keep track of the carbon monoxide levels around you.

6.How many carbon monoxide detectors do you require in your home?

The Carbon monoxide detector should be installed on every floor of your home -- especially outside the sleeping area, the kitchen, the livingdining area, and the garage. If you have a gas stove, you can also install one near the gas stove. If you have a gas dryer, you can also install one in the laundry room. Carbon monoxide is lighter and floats upwards. Therefore, the Carbon monoxide detector should be installed near the height at which a person breathes air while standing. Single-function carbon monoxide detectors are best because they can be mounted at the appropriate height. If you use a dual-function smoke Carbon monoxide detector, install it on the ceiling for proper smoke detection.

7. How to install your carbon monoxide detector

 The best position for a CO detector is on a wall about five feet from the floor, which is the height at which people normally breathe , it measures the concentration of carbon monoxide in the air that people are breathing in the house. Carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air, and it can be found in warm, rising air. A reasonable alternative is to place the detector on the ceiling, 6 inches from the wall. Do not place the detector next to or above a fireplace or flame generator. Keep the probe away from pets and children. This is the best place to install the CO detector by room.

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