Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless 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 adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may 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 people are doing everything they can to keep comfortable. When correctly installed by trained technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is the ideal time to test 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 technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check 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 run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also 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 family safe and warm all winter, 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 heating and cooling system.