Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you purchased your game tickets to your alma mater? 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 tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is generated by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to pets, children, and adults. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not recognize they could be very ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while homeowners are doing anything they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by certified technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked yearly to make sure there are no issues that could result in poisoning from CO.
Stark Services says you should be replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is the perfect time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Stark Services, our technicians will test your furnace to make sure it is running properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Stark Services will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm all winter, call Stark Services today at 817-668-6689to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.