Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the leather footballs? Ahhh…fall is coming. Time to get ready! Have you received your season tickets to your favorite team? Have you put away your tank tops and flip flops and pulled out your sweaters and boots? Have you swapped your cotton sheets for flannel ones to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, as published by the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable unless you have a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal to adults, children, and pets. Upwards of 20,000 people end up in the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms are dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms mimic the flu, many people may not understand they could be extremely ill.
With the drop in temperatures causing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while homeowners are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When properly installed by certified professionals, appliances such as furnaces will safety vent carbon monoxide out of the home, but your furnace should be serviced each year to make sure there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Hammond Plumbing says you should be replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and assessing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are operating properly. Today is an excellent time to check your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
Included in a Precision tune-up from Hammond Plumbing, our experts will inspect your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Hammond Plumbing will be offering discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help homeowners make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently all through the cooler months. You can also get U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your loved ones safe and warm through the cold season, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating today at 226-240-1120to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.