Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…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 coats 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 colorless and odorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while homeowners are doing anything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by licensed technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Chief/Bauer Service Experts says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Chief/Bauer Service Experts, our experts will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Chief/Bauer Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm all winter, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts 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 HVAC system.