Can you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Yes…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your swimsuits and flip flops and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay warm when the temperatures drop?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Since the symptoms seem like the flu, many people may not recognize they could be very ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cold months while people are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by licensed technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected each year to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Epperson says you should be replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today 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 Epperson , our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Epperson will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm through the cold season, call Epperson Service Experts today at 843-619-3781to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.