Can you smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and sandals and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people may not realize they could be very ill.
With the drop in temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by licensed experts, equipment such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected annually to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Service Experts recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our team will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be providing discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also 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 complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.