Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…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 sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones 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 colorless and odorless 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. Over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms are headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not recognize they could be very ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while homeowners are doing anything they can to stay warm. When appropriately installed by licensed technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to confirm 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 confirm the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Right now is the perfect time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Stark Services, our experts will check 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 run safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your home 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 heating and cooling system.