Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you received your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the temperatures drop?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. More than 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. Because the symptoms mimic the flu, many people might not realize they could be seriously ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while homeowners are doing everything they can to keep comfortable. When appropriately installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to confirm 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 checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the perfect time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check 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 run safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. 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 home safe and warm all winter, 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.