Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Yes…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay comfy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. More than 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not understand they could be gravely ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay warm. When correctly installed by certified experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today is the perfect time to check 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 inspect your furnace to make sure it is running properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm through the cold season, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 303-647-5749to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.