AN-1146 A GreenPAK Carbon Monoxide Detector

In this project, the GreenPAK4 is used in the design of a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and ultimately death, depending on the amount of exposure. CO gas is a common product of combustion, and can be produced from cigarette smoke, wood-burning stoves, faulty furnaces and heaters, and many other household sources. Since it’s easily produced and undetectable by human senses, many homes and businesses use CO detectors to sound an alarm when the gas is present above its normal concentration of 0.5 to 5 ppm (parts per million). At 35 ppm, constant exposure will lead to headaches and dizziness within 6-8 hours.

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