Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your cardigans 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, as published by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The colorless and odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people do not understand they could be gravely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay warm. When properly installed by trained technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be serviced each year to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Service Experts suggests replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent 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 experts will inspect your furnace to make sure it is running 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 people make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain 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 704-464-4307to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.