Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your game tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The colorless and odorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Due to the fact that the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures driving homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by certified professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be serviced each year to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Right now is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Service Experts , our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be providing discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, call Service Experts Home Services by Enercare today at 289-273-2229to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.