Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is generated by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless and colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not realize they could be gravely ill.
With cooler temperatures causing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while people are doing everything they can to stay comfortable. When correctly installed by licensed experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked yearly to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify 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 team will check 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 run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. 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 HVAC system.