Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms consist of headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people might not realize they could be very ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cooler months while homeowners are doing everything they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by certified experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be serviced annually to confirm there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Church Services suggests replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the perfect time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Church Services, our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Church Services will be offering discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cooler months, call Church Services today at 713-396-3760to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.