Can you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you received your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not understand they could be gravely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by licensed professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be serviced annually to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Service Experts suggests replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is the perfect time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be providing 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. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific 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 239-908-6991to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.