Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is given off by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The colorless and odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while homeowners are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by trained professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected annually to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Air Engineers Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Air Engineers Service Experts, our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Air Engineers Service Experts will be providing discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm all winter, call Air Engineers Service Experts today at 904-450-5672to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.