Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Winter is known for more than just the busy holiday season and colder temperatures. Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are more common, so you need to take precautions with your HVAC systems.
Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) compromise your indoor air quality and puts you and your loved ones at risk. Keep your family safe and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors now.
Need new detectors or help with installation? Call Estes Services today to schedule maintenance on your HVAC systems. Our NATE-certified technicians can instruct you and install your detectors in the appropriate locations.
Also, they can check to make sure your furnace is not leaking CO. If he or she detects a malfunction, he or she will alert you immediately to next steps.
The Importance of Early Detection
Detecting a fire or carbon monoxide leak early will keep your family, home and valuables safe. Smoke detectors are designed to identify potential fires in your home and save you from physical harm or damage to your property.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, close to 2,000 people die in residential fires every year.
The heat doesn’t travel as fast as the smoke and deadly gases during a fire. Many residential fires happen overnight and residents are unaware until it’s too late to escape.
A smoke detector is your first line of protection against fires. It emits a shrill alarm when it detects smoke, which can give you the time you need to get to safety.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas which kills over 150 people every year. CO detectors keep track of carbon monoxide levels in your home and alert you when the levels are hazardous.
This deadly gas is a byproduct of burning fuel to heat a house or from a gas-fueled appliance. Common sources of carbon monoxide leaks include:
- HVAC systems
- Gas-fueled appliances and space heaters
- Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
- Unvented fireplaces
- Kerosene heaters and
- Leaky chimneys.
Schedule Maintenance on HVAC Systems
Checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and scheduling HVAC maintenance early will keep the risk of CO leaks and fire low. Our NATE-certified technicians look for potential problems with HVAC systems to prevent safety issues later.
Carbon Monoxide can seep out of HVAC systems through small cracks or holes. We ensure your equipment is dependable and no areas are damaged where CO can leak.
HVAC maintenance includes an inspection of all electrical connections. We tighten and lubricate loose components or those experiencing friction when moving.
By inspecting and repairing compromised areas in HVAC systems, we can reduce the risk of fire when your unit is in operation.
Take the first steps to keep your family safe and check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Call Estes Services to schedule maintenance on HVAC systems. Because we care about the safety of you and your family, 0ur technicians are licensed and NATE-certified. They have the knowledge, training and experience to keep your home and family safe this winter.