Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? Have you put away your swimsuits and flip flops and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay comfy when the cooler temperatures arrive?
Have you inspected your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless and colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to adults, children, and pets. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while everyone is doing whatever they can to stay warm. When properly installed by certified experts, equipment such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be inspected each year to verify there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Parker Pearce Service Experts says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Parker Pearce Service Experts, our team will test your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Parker Pearce Service Experts will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. 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 loved ones safe and warm through the cooler months, call Parker Pearce Service Experts today at 301-476-4577to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.