Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by 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 essentially 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 visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common 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 very ill.
With the drop in temperatures driving homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while people are doing whatever they can to stay warm. When properly installed by licensed technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release 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 recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Right now is an excellent time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Coastal Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Coastal Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling 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 qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, 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.