Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless and colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not understand they could be gravely ill.
With the drop in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while people are doing everything they can to stay warm. When correctly installed by licensed technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked yearly to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from CO.
Coastal Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
With a Precision tune-up from Coastal Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Coastal Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Coastal Service Experts today at 912-208-2399to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.