Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Yes…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your football tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cooler months while homeowners are doing anything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by trained technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked annually to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Golden Seal Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is the ideal time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from Golden Seal Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Golden Seal Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling 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 qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cold season, call Golden Seal Service Experts today at 630-246-2698to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.