Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay cozy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay warm. When correctly installed by certified technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected annually to make sure there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Climate Control Service Experts says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to ensure the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is an excellent time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Climate Control Service Experts, our team will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Climate Control Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. Homeowners can also look into 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 loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, call Climate Control Service Experts today at 251-202-7503to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.