Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…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 warm when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is generated by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not recognize they could be very ill.
With the drop in temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the winter months while homeowners are doing everything they can to keep warm. When properly installed by trained professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected each year to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from carbon monoxide.
R & M Climate Control Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today 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 R & M Climate Control Service Experts, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, R & M Climate Control Service Experts will be offering discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently through the winter. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts today at 865-229-6176to 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.