Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and flip flops and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the temperatures drop?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not realize they could be seriously ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by licensed technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
A-PLUS Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from A-PLUS Service Experts, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, A-PLUS Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently through the winter. Homeowners can also look into 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 through the cooler months, call A-PLUS Service Experts today at 301-747-3140to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.