Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you received your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and sandals and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay comfy when the cold sets in?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is generated by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless and colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while homeowners are doing everything they can to keep comfortable. When correctly installed by certified experts, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be serviced annually to confirm there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Finch recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Finch , our experts will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Finch will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. You can also get 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 home safe and warm through the cold season, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating today at 281-407-9478to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.