Smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and flip flops and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones 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 generated by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures forcing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while people are doing everything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by licensed experts, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected each year to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
Norrell Service Experts says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is an excellent 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 Norrell Service Experts, our experts will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Norrell Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cooler months, call Norrell Service Experts today at 205-267-0023to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.