Can you smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by trained professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked each year to confirm there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Roland J. Down Service Experts suggests replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Right now is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Roland J. Down Service Experts, our team will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Roland J. Down Service Experts will be offering discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help people 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 through the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm through the cold season, call Roland J. Down Service Experts today at 518-417-2938to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.