Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Yes…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
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 odorless and colorless 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 lethal to pets, children, and adults. More than 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms imitate the flu, many people do not understand they could be very ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while people are doing whatever they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by certified professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is an excellent time to test 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 team will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect 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 operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. Homeowners can also look into 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 loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 540-302-8645to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.