Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless, colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not recognize they could be extremely ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while people are doing anything they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by licensed experts, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected each year to confirm there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts recommends replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Right now is the perfect time to inspect 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 experts will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cooler months, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 919-578-4329to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.