Do you smell that? The cinnamon pastries, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you bought your football tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your shorts and flip flops and pulled out your cardigans and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay comfy when the temperatures drop?
Have you checked your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. 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 adults, children, and pets. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room every year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people may not recognize they could be very ill.
With cooler temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while people are doing everything they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by trained professionals, devices such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be checked each year to verify there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Boehmers/Cronin Emery says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors monthly to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is an excellent time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and invest in a new one in necessary.
With a Precision tune-up from Boehmers/Cronin Emery , our experts will test your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Boehmers/Cronin Emery will be providing discounts on our heating and cooling Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will operate safety and efficiently through the winter. There are also 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 through the cooler months, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare today at 519-804-1617to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a no-charge in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.