Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your football tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told 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 children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not understand they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while homeowners are doing everything they can to keep warm. When appropriately installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be offering discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also 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 family safe and warm through the cold season, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 318-588-8163to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.