Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your season 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 cold sets in?
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 virtually undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to pets, children, and adults. Upwards of 20,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might not recognize they could be very ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning jumps during the cooler months while people are doing whatever they can to keep comfortable. When properly installed by certified technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from CO.
McElroy Service Experts suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is an excellent time to test 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 test your furnace to make sure it is running 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. There are also 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 all winter, call McElroy Service Experts today at 308-210-4398to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.