New carbon monoxide alarm rules go into effect in January

New safety regulations advanced by the Environmental Protection Agency mandate the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in new dwellings and in existing residences when work requiring a permit takes place.  The new rules were recently adopted in Flower Mound, Plano and several other North Texas communities, and go into effect in January 2012.

While alarms are not mandated in existing homes where no permit-necessitating construction is being performed, the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are no less significant in these dwellings.

Advent Air Conditioning is helping homeowners comply with the new regulations by offering an inexpensive yet state-of-the-art monitor that detects carbon dioxide levels as low as five PPM (parts per million) as recommended by the National Comfort Institute.  Most “off the shelf” detectors are not required to activate until the poisonous gas reaches 70 PPM for an extended period of time.  But that level is already well within the danger zone for human exposure, especially for the young, the elderly and anyone with respiratory problems.

“Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas that should not be ignored and cannot be detected by human senses,” said Mike Douglas, CEO of Advent Air. 

“We are encouraging all of our customers to install low-level CO monitors throughout their homes, and we’re doing everything we can to make the process as simple and affordable as possible.

Carbon monoxide typically is emitted from the faulty operation of fuel-fired furnaces or water heaters, or from automobile exhaust.  The gas accumulates in the body over time relative to its concentration in the air.  Because CO poisoning deaths often occur when the occupant is sleeping, the alarms must be located in the areas outside of and adjacent to each bedroom.

“Carbon monoxide monitors should be as common in residential homes as smoke alarms,” Douglas explained.  “Because you can’t smell the gas, you need an alarm to warn you when the danger is present.”

For more information on Advent Air’s carbon monoxide monitors, call 972-221-4373, or visit them online at, for additional information on the low level carbon monoxide monitor visit


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