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why not just fit two, one high one low, and then see which goes of first.I may be to rational for this forum.
I bought a Carbon Monoxide detector today and I was told by the engineer that Carbon Monoxide (CO) is lighter than air but then again he said the opposite as have the detector''s instructions. I have always thought that Air is lighter than Carbon Monoxide but now I don't know for sure.Can anyone help please?
As air is a combination of gases itself, I'm inclined to ask "define what is meant by air."Anyway, I live in an all electric house, so don't worry about this.
"Carbon Monoxide can come from any type fuel. "True, but it's a jolly clever trick to get it from electricity.While CO is marginally lighter than air the fact that it's usually a combustion product means its usually warmer than the air round it. This means it acts like it's quite a lot lighter than air.
Air is a mixture of many gasses. I believe CO is actually one of the gasses that is found in small amounts in normal "air". I've always been taught that CO detectors go down low.
well, that goes contrary to what i've always been told. but i'm no expert.
Perhaps they have different reccomendations in the UK, but in the US, I've always read that CO detectors should be close to the floor. That's where i always see them in people's homes too.
The laws of physics are the same in the US and the UK.Since the gas is lighter than air it will generally rise so it makes sense to install detectors near the ceiling.
The difference in density of CO and air wont make much difference to where the gas ends up. Natural diffusion and entropy will do a good job of mixing it within the room. As long as the detector is not hidden from the general flow of air in the room it should do its job.
Rhade, from the link that I posted in my initial thread says that Carbon Monoxide can come from any type fuel. Rosalind, I believe what they meant is that CO can be produced from the generation of all types of fuel. It won't be present in the home without something actually burning in the home- but CO, and CO2, are sure as hell gonna be present at the power station, hence the need to cut our consumption to tackle climate change!