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 tank tops and sandals 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 tested 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 known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to pets, children, and adults. More than 20,000 people end up in the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people may not understand they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while everyone is doing whatever they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by certified technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked each year to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
A-PLUS Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from A-PLUS Service Experts, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, A-PLUS Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners 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 family 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.