Can you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your swimsuits and sandals 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 produced by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless and colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms mimic the flu, many people might not understand they could be gravely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the winter months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by trained technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be serviced annually to verify there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
D.A. Bennett recommends replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Right now is the perfect time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from D.A. Bennett , our team will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, D.A. Bennett will be giving discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm all winter, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts today at 518-205-3324to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.