Can you smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Ahhh…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your college team? Have you put away your shorts and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while everyone is doing everything they can to stay comfortable. When correctly installed by trained experts, devices 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 cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Strand Brothers says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to ensure the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the perfect time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Strand Brothers , our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Strand Brothers will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also 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 through the cold season, call Strand Brothers Service Experts today at 512-596-1257to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.