Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off 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 lethal to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not realize they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures driving homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm. When properly installed by trained technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked each year to confirm there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts recommends replacing household 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 check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look 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 operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cold season, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 407-329-7661to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.