Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and sandals and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is generated by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless, colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to children, adults, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not realize they could be seriously 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 anything they can to stay comfortable. When correctly installed by trained experts, appliances such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be inspected annually to make sure there are no issues that could cause poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
McKinley Heating Service Experts says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today is the perfect time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from McKinley Heating Service Experts, our team will check your furnace to make sure it is running properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, McKinley Heating Service Experts will be offering discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently through the winter. 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 all winter, call McKinley Heating Service Experts today at 780-800-7092to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.