Do 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 favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and flip flops and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
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 colorless and odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable if you don’t have 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 as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while everyone is doing whatever they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by certified professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be checked annually to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Norrell Service Experts says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Norrell Service Experts, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Norrell Service Experts will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get 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 home 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.