Can you smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Mmm…fall is coming. Are you ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your college team? 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 cozy when the temperatures drop?
Have you tested your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The odorless and colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people visit the emergency room annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Common 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 gravely ill.
With cooler temperatures driving homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while everyone is doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by licensed technicians, equipment such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked annually to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and checking your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are working properly. Today is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will be giving discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently through the winter. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm all winter, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 843-619-3781to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.