Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your tank tops and flip flops and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the temperatures drop?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by licensed professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected each year to make sure there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Service Experts says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Right now is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Service Experts, our team will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently through the winter. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 352-414-4006to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.