Smell that? The apple cider, the pumpkin spice lattes, the brisk air? Ahhh…fall is coming. Let’s 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 changed your sheets from cotton to flannel to help you stay warm when the cold sets in?
Have you examined your home’s carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. The colorless and odorless 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 pets, children, and adults. Over 20,000 people are taken to the emergency room annually because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Common CO poisoning symptoms include dizziness and/or weakness, headache, and upset stomach. Since the symptoms imitate the flu, many people might not recognize they could be gravely ill.
With the decrease in temperatures causing homeowners to switch on their furnaces, carbon monoxide poisoning spikes during the cold months while everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm. When correctly installed by trained technicians, appliances such as furnaces will safety release carbon monoxide outside, but your furnace should be serviced annually to confirm there are no issues that could cause poisoning from carbon monoxide.
Aramendia suggests replacing household carbon monoxide detectors every five years, and testing your carbon monoxide and fire detectors every month to ensure 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.
With a Precision tune-up from Aramendia, our team will inspect your furnace to make sure it is operating properly and look for carbon monoxide leaks. Through November 25th, Aramendia will be providing discounts on our heating and air conditioning Precision tune-ups to help people make sure their furnace will function safety and efficiently through the winter. Homeowners can also look into U.S. governmental tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment that can be earned throughout the rest of 2016.
To keep your family safe and warm through the cold season, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company today at 210-404-4233to schedule your Fall Precision tune-up, or set up a free in-home estimate for a new, energy-efficient HVAC system.