Can you smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you received your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay comfy when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless, colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. More than 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while homeowners are doing anything they can to keep comfortable. When correctly installed by licensed technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be checked yearly to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every 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 invest in a new one in necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners 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 through the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm all winter, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 217-689-2469to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.