Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Ahhh…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your shorts and sandals and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you checked 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 virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year as a result of 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 may not realize they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while people are doing whatever they can to stay comfortable. When correctly installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety release 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 Service Experts says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the ideal 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 Service Experts, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Strand Brothers Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. You can also get 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 all winter, 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.