Where Should You Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Portland Area Home?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of inadvertent poisoning in the United States. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, detectors are necessary to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from happening in your home. However, it is important that you know where to place carbon monoxide detectors for them to be the most effective. Below are some tips for where and where not to place them.


  • If you can only afford one detector, place it near the sleeping level so that it will wake you up if you’re sleeping.
  • When using multiple detectors, for more thorough protection, place one on every level of your home and in every bedroom.


  • Avoid placing carbon monoxide detectors near fuel burning appliances like gas stoves, hot water heaters, furnaces, etc.
  • Keep detectors away from humid areas of your home, like the bathroom.
  • Place carbon monoxide detectors more than 15 feet from cooking appliances.
  • Read the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper placement, installation and maintenance.
  • For constant coverage, even in the midst of power outages, use carbon monoxide detectors that plug into an electrical outlet and have a battery backup. This provides coverage during a power outage without requiring you to change the batteries near as often.

Additional Help

For additional information about where to place carbon monoxide detectors in your home, contact the professionals at Roth Heating and Cooling. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Portland since 1978.