Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your shorts 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 inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room every year 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 may not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the winter months while homeowners are doing anything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by trained technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked each year to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Golden Seal suggests replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is the ideal time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Golden Seal, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Golden Seal will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help families 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 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.