Do you smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Mmm…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your shorts and wedges and pulled out your coats and boots? Have you replaced your cotton sheets with flannel sheets to help you stay comfy when the cold sets in?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The colorless and odorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to children, adults, and pets. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room every year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Typical CO poisoning symptoms include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and weakness. Due to the fact that the symptoms seem like the flu, many people do not realize they could be gravely ill.
With cooler temperatures causing homeowners to turn on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the cooler months while homeowners are doing whatever they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by trained professionals, equipment such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be checked each year to confirm there are no issues that could result in poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Komfort Air recommends replacing your carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors each month to verify the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Fall is the ideal time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and replace or install them if necessary.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Komfort Air, our technicians will inspect your furnace to make sure it is running properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Komfort Air will be giving discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help families make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently throughout the upcoming cold season. There are also U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment that can be earned through the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, call Komfort Air today at 704-705-8135to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.