Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Yes…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 flip flops and pulled out your coats 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 colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to keep warm. When properly installed by trained professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from CO.
Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent time to test 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 Heating & Air Conditioning, our team will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will be offering discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. 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 home safe and warm all winter, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 HVAC system.