Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay comfy when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. More than 20,000 people end up in 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 may not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while everyone is doing whatever they can to keep warm. When appropriately installed by licensed professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked each year to make sure there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Service Experts says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to confirm the batteries and alarm are functioning 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 experts will inspect your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get 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 all winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 352-374-6602to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.