Can you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you purchased your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay cozy when the temperatures drop?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as told by the CDC, is given off by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless, colorless gas is often called the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be lethal to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Due to the fact that the symptoms mimic the flu, many people do not realize they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while everyone is doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by trained professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be checked annually to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from CO.
D & K Home Services recommends replacing your home’s carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure the batteries and alarm are working properly. Fall is the perfect time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from D & K Home Services, our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and check for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, D & K Home Services will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will run safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm all winter, call D&K Home Services by Enercare today at 613-707-2421to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.