The Importance of Having a Low-Level Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide poisoning is surprisingly very common, so it’s very important to have a quality carbon monoxide detector that works reliably in your home. At Specialty Heating and Cooling, it’s important for us to see clients with a healthy home environment with good indoor air quality, and this is one of the reasons why we believe having a low-level carbon monoxide monitor is a must have in your home.

Carbon monoxide can enter your home in several ways. It is odorless and colorless and can leak from gas ranges, space heaters, vehicles inside your garage, or your water heater. And when the weather gets cold, people often have fires going inside to stay warm, but forget to open the door/vent to help with circulation. This mistake could cause carbon monoxide to leak. Poisoning that happens from carbon monoxide can often mimic flu symptoms. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, and other flu-like symptoms. However, if it enters your bloodstream for a long period of time, it could prevent oxygen from getting to your vital organs, including your brain and heart, and this can be deadly.

How can you protect yourself and your family?

A reliable carbon monoxide detector is key. We like the Defender Carbon Monoxide Alarm, which is a 10-year lithium battery powered hybrid monoxide alarm that can monitor current and peak monoxide levels as low as 10ppm. The batteries are not removable and are warranted to keep the detector powered effectively for 10 years.  Chronic low exposure to carbon monoxide (under 30ppm) can also cause serious health problems, especially for children, pregnant women, elderly citizens, or others that have health issues.

If you need a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home for enhanced safety, now is the time to act. Contact our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling for information on carbon monoxide detectors. We can get everything installed and running for you in time for the holidays, so you won’t need to worry about a thing.

5 Tips To Prepare Your Home for Freezing Temperatures

Our local news stations are reporting that this week, we will see our first big drop in temperatures around the Pacific Northwest. With the onset of winter, this is bound to happen, but is your home prepared for the upcoming cold weather? Here are five tips to help you prepare your home for freezing temperatures.

Tip #1: Keep your outside pipes covered and protected.
Water expands as it freezes, so if the water inside your pipes begin to freeze, so will your pipes. Over time, this can cause significant damage to your pipes, sometimes even causing them to crack and burst.  To avoid this, drain water from your outdoor faucets or sprinkling systems to keep pipes from freezing and be sure to disconnect your hoses. Then, cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators. If you have pipes that run through other unheated areas of your home like the garage or basement, be sure to protect them with some sort of insulation as well.

Tip #2: Check your furnace system.
Now is the time to schedule an annual maintenance appointment! There’s nothing worse than turning on your heat when you need it and having it not work properly! Maintenance appointments are beneficial because our experienced and knowledgeable team will clean the filters, while also ensuring that the entire inside components are secure and working properly. If there are any parts that look like they need to be replaced, we will let you know and get everything ready to go so you’re ready for the cold weather.

Tip #3: Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are amazing! They not only program your home’s temperature so it’s exactly how you want it, but you can save money too. Programming it to be cooler at night or when you’re not home can help reduce your utility bill and you can program it to be warmer for when you get back home or on those cold fall and winter mornings.

Tip #4: Clean out the gutters.
Clogged gutters can cause problems! Not only is it messy, but as we head into the icy season, it’s important to make sure that the gutters are clear. Ice dams can form when heat escapes through the roof and melts ice that has settled on the top. Clogged gutters and other downspouts are the leading cause of ice dams and in order for ice to melt and drain properly, the gutters need to be clear to keep the water flowing.

Tip #5: Seal your windows and doors.
A great heating system can be a great way to stay warm during those cold days and nights, but if you have drafty windows and doors, you’ll be wasting that precious warm air that’s inside. Start by locking the windows and doors tightly and sealing any gaps with quality weather stripping. If you have older windows and doors, consider replacing them for new, energy efficient ones that can add an extra level of insulation to your home.

If you need to schedule a maintenance appointment for your furnace or you want to talk to us about getting a new system replaced before winter, we can help! Contact our experienced, no-pressure sales team at Specialty Heating and Cooling today!