Can you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your game tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and flip flops and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay comfy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is generated by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is commonly referred to 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 adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing everything they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by trained experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide out of the home, 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 your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Right now is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be providing discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 440-252-1375to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.