Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The colorless and odorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to children, adults, and pets. More than 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Due to the fact that the symptoms mimic the flu, many people may not recognize they could be gravely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm. When properly installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Service Experts recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 561-629-1826to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.