Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your coats 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, according to the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms mimic the flu, many people might not realize they could be very ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while everyone is doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by trained experts, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to confirm there are no issues that could result in poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Comfort Masters Service Experts recommends replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to confirm the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Today is the perfect time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Comfort Masters Service Experts, our team will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Comfort Masters Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm all winter, call Comfort Masters Service Experts today at 847-250-6729to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.