Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Yes…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your tank tops and sandals and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay comfy when the temperatures drop?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless and colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be gravely ill.
With cooler temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cooler months while people are doing whatever they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by certified technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked yearly to confirm there are no issues that could produce poisoning from CO.
McElroy Service Experts recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to confirm the batteries and alarm are working properly. Right now is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
As part of a Precision tune-up from McElroy Service Experts, our technicians will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, McElroy Service Experts will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cold season, call McElroy Service Experts today at 308-210-4398to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.