Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Yes…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is generated by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by trained experts, equipment such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be serviced each year to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Service Experts says you should be replacing your 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 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 team will test 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 people 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 specific HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 613-817-1591to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.