Smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay comfy when the temperatures drop?
Have you inspected 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 known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not understand they could be seriously ill.
With the drop in temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while homeowners are doing everything they can to keep comfortable. When appropriately installed by trained experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected each year to make sure there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Strand Brothers recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to ensure the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the perfect time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Strand Brothers , our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Strand Brothers will be providing discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm all winter, call Strand Brothers Service Experts today at 512-592-3072 to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.