Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Ahhh…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your swimsuits and flip flops and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay cozy when the cold sets in?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is produced 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 fatal to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people might 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 winter months while people are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When correctly installed by trained professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected annually to make sure there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
McKinley says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is the perfect time to inspect your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from McKinley , our team will check your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, McKinley will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling 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.