Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought 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 swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. 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 children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. 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 increases during the cooler months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by trained experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be checked each year to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from carbon monoxide.
R & M Climate Control Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today 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 R & M Climate Control Service Experts, our experts 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 until 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.