Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your college team? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not understand they could be seriously ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep comfortable. When correctly installed by certified professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected annually to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from carbon monoxide.
BW/Cook Service Experts recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to ensure the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Right now is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from BW/Cook Service Experts, our technicians will inspect your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, BW/Cook Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function 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 loved ones safe and warm all winter, call BW/Cook Service Experts today at 574-218-6404to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.