Smell that? The bonfires, the pumpkin spice lattes, the dry leaves? Yes…fall is coming. Let’s get ready! Have you received your season tickets to your alma mater? Have you put away your tank tops and wedges and pulled out your sweaters 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, according to the CDC, is given off by gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces. The odorless and colorless gas is commonly referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usual CO poisoning symptoms consist of dizziness, headache, chest pain, and upset stomach. Because the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not understand they could be very ill.
With the decrease in temperatures forcing homeowners to start up their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cooler months while homeowners are doing anything they can to stay comfortable. When appropriately installed by licensed technicians, devices such as furnaces will safety express carbon monoxide outdoors, but your furnace should be inspected yearly to make sure there are no issues that could produce poisoning from the odorless and colorless gas.
Becht/Givens recommends replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to verify the batteries and alarm are functioning properly. Today is the ideal time to test your home’s CO and smoke detectors, and install or replace them if needed.
As part of a Precision tune-up from Becht/Givens , our experts will inspect your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Becht/Givens will be providing discounts on our HVAC Precision tune-ups to help people 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 certain HVAC equipment that can be earned until the end of 2016.
To keep your home safe and warm all winter, call Becht/Givens Service Experts today at 502-785-8230to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a complimentary in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.