Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you purchased your football tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. 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 deadly to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not realize they could be very ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing whatever they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be checked yearly to confirm there are no issues that could result in poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Comfort Masters suggests 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 ideal 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 , our team will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Comfort Masters will be offering 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. 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 complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.