Can you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get 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 temperatures drop?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless and colorless 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 adults, children, and pets. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not understand they could be very ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by certified professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be serviced each year to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of 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 homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned until 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.