Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought 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 temperatures drop?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The colorless and odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not recognize they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while everyone is doing anything they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by certified experts, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected annually to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from CO.
Service Experts recommends replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Fall is the ideal 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 check your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check 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 run 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.