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 alma mater? Have you put away your shorts 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 generated by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing whatever they can to stay warm. When correctly installed by licensed technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected each year to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Climate Control Service Experts says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm 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 test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Climate Control Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners 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 until the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, 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.