Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your swimsuits and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year as a result of 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 realize they could be seriously ill.
With cooler temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cold months while people are doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by certified professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked annually to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from carbon monoxide.
BW/Cook Service Experts suggests 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. Fall is the ideal time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from BW/Cook Service Experts, our technicians will inspect your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, BW/Cook Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function 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 through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, 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.