How To Shop for a Leak Detector

There are several different kinds of leak detector, each with its own specific use. One type of leak finder is a device that is used to detect gas leaks. Another type of leak monitor is one that is used for leak control with regard to water leaks. Some types of leaks, such as vacuum leaks for cars, can be dangerous, and thus a system detector is recommended for early detection. There are many different situations in which a leak can occur. As such, there are as many different kinds of leak detectors to suit your various needs. Some of the most common leak detectors that most people look for in the market are gas leak detectors, because of the dangers involved in gas leaks.

Most common gas detectors use several sensors to determine if the levels of dangerous gases in the air are above normal, or above what is acceptable for humans and other living organisms. When it comes to natural gas detector units, there is a great discrepancy in terms of features, price, and installation details. Some of the more complicated ones have to be installed by a professional, and some can even be wired up to a home security system. Other types, on the other hand, are like simple smoke detectors, and are relatively easy to install.

Here are some tips on finding the right detector for you:

  • Alarm activation. The natural gas detector must not be set off by other elements that are not natural gases, like humidity or cigarette smoke. Some detectors can also respond to dangerous chemicals, not just natural gas.
  • LEL. The LEL, or Lower Explosive Limit, is the lowest amount of gas that your alarm can detect that can cause an explosion. Different gas detectors certainly vary in the simple level of gas that will set off the alarm. The lower the LEL of the detector, the more sensitive it will be, and the more quickly it will warn you of the presence of unnatural levels of gas as compared with detectors that can sense only higher levels.
  • Location of the detector. You should also seriously consider the distance between the potential gas leak source and your gas detector. Gas detectors are very similar to smoke detectors, because they also have to be installed in a certain location where you can hear their warning alarm, and where the natural gas leak will most probably occur, like the basement. The installation instructions included in the box of your leak detector will help you in determining the most appropriate places in your house where you can install your own detector. If you know that there are several possible sources of natural gas inside your home, one detector may not be enough, especially if they are far apart.
  • Sound or light alarm. Different gas detectors have different alarms. Some make use of both light and sound alerts to tell you that there is a gas leak. Others may use only sound. Whichever alarm you prefer, you must make sure that you will hear or see the alert from any particular space in your house.

Shopping for an alarm detector is easy, as long as you know what you want and what your needs are.


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