|Posted by michaelmaj on September 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
For a few lucky ones, this is the time to take a little vacation and get a break from the heat...the rest of us have to wait it out.
For 2019, the first day of Fall is September 23rd. What does the weather look like? According to weather.com, it will be in the 90's for the next couple of weeks. If the forecast stays true, we will catch a break and finally see some Fall weather by the end of September.
Well, those of us who have lived here for a while know that it doesn't really start to cool down until after Halloween, sometimes not even until Thanksgiving. Then again, there have been times when we get an ice storm in the middle of Fall! Texas weather is so unpredictable.
By now, I hope you have had your air conditioning system serviced, tweaked or replaced to withstand this last stretch of Summer... soon it will be time to test out your heating system. It's always a good idea to stay ahead of the game and have a professional check it out before you need it.
Here is a short checklist on how to prepare:
- Inspect Rooftop AC Units and Vents
- Clean Around Outdoor Units
- Turn on/Test Each Heater
- Check Heat Exchangers for Leaks
- Take Care of Insulation Issues Now
- Upgrade Insulation Material
- Check Pipe Insulation
- Have Chimneys Cleaned
|Posted by michaelmaj on August 9, 2019 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
It's time for Back to School!
The summer is a great time for home buyers with children make their move. It's a smart move because your family has time to acclimate before sending the kids back to school. Did you buy a home this summer? How thorough was your home inspection?
Purchasing a home is an extremely strenuous process. Mortgages, showings and finding the perfect house to fit your needs. There is also the negotiating and so much stress, you probably don’t want to hear another word about it, so we’ll just stop here. Now that the nightmare is over and hopefully you’ve had some time to settle in, have you been able to buckle down and thoroughly inspect your appliances? Kitchen appliances, water heater and of course HVAC? If not, it’s probably a good idea you have it done.
Typical home inspections will run basic tests. They will test the HVAC to ensure the temperature reaches a certain degree cool and a certain degree warm within the appropriate time frame, but there’s not much more unless you pay to have a HVAC professional come out. Being in a new home, you really don’t know what you are dealing with. Before the new season approaches, consider getting a check-up!
It’s only $120.00 per year for a Spring and Fall Tune-up. Isn’t that worth your peace of mind?
Call True Blue Air Services today!
|Posted by michaelmaj on July 25, 2019 at 9:10 AM||comments (1)|
We’ve just about survived July, the hottest month this year. Surprisingly August is projected to be pretty nice weather… but let’s face it, “projected” can change at any time. You know what they say about Texas… if you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes!
If the weather forecast proves to be accurate, we can take a break from running our AC’s to their breaking point. We can finally open some windows to let the fresh air in. We only get two short seasons to do this! Here are a few other ways to save on your electric bill in the fall:
- Lower the temperature
- Eliminate dust
- Replace your filters
- Identify and fix any HVAC issues
- Cook with something smaller than an oven
- Plant trees to modify the climate
- Consider adding a filtering system
- Buy energy-efficient appliances
- Upgrade your HVAC system
- Install a ceiling fan
Now is a really good time to get your HVAC checked out. Yes, we get a little break - that’s why it’s a great time for a check-up! The summer is harsh on our HVAC system. We really do run them to their breaking point, especially if we have an older system. There is no telling what kind of damage was done to the motor and other functionalities from within... that’s why you need to talk to a true HVAC certified professional from True Blue Air Services.
Give us a call at True Blue Air Services!
|Posted by michaelmaj on July 11, 2019 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
We all know that staying safely in the AC will keep us safe from heat related illness and injury; but we can't always do that!
Here are some safety tips on how to spot and treat heat related illness and injury...
- We all have heard this all our lives, but drink water! Lots of water, especially if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time. Staying hydrated is the number one thing we can do to stay safe in the dangerously high temperatures.
- Stay away from dark colored clothing. Lighter colors are less likely to attract the sun. Clothing that is black or dark shades of other colors attract the sun and that goes straight into the core of your body. Wearing light colors can offset the sun ray's direction to you.
- Wear hats - with caution. Hats can help keep the sun from beating directly onto your head; however, be cautious because heat can also get trapped in a hat. Back to the dark colors, a black hat will attract the sun and trap the heat right on top of your head. While hats can help keep the sun from directly hitting your head, be aware. If you take your hat off and suddenly feel a huge relief from heat, it might be time to take a break.
- Be aware of signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While heat exhaustion can make you feel like you are dying, a heat stroke is actually life threatening. The symptoms feel the same at first; however, a heat stroke will take you to a whole new level.
- Heat exhaustion can be recognized by muscle cramps, paleness, excessive sweating, nausea and vomiting.
- Heat stroke symptoms include confusion, vomiting, hot and flushed skin, rapid heart rate, decreased sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, a body temperature of 104 to 106 degrees and convulsions.If you experience signs of heat exhaustion, pour room temperature water over your head, drink plenty of fluids and get out of the sun immediately.If you experience signs of heats troke, follow instructions for heat exhaustion and call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room. Heat stroke symptoms to include convulsions are extremely dangerous and are life threatening.Don't mess around with this!If you can stay indoors, enjoy your properly running AC and be safe!If your system need service, please feel free to give us a call! 940-648-1900
|Posted by michaelmaj on June 27, 2019 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
How are your allergies this season?
True Blue Air Service proudly distributes the Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner.
The CleanEffects supplies a cleaner, healthier environment, allowing you to breathe easier! Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often a fraction of a micron. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. An effective air cleaner can reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.
CleanEffects™ Filter Features:
- Removal of up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from your filtered indoor air. It removes particles as small as .1 microns – 1/1,000th the diameter of a human hair – a size that eludes most air cleaners.
- Industry-leading clean air delivery rate of 1,200.
- Low operating costs, with no replacement filters to buy.
- Cleaning indicators easily visible on the outside of the unit.
- Easy-to-clean filters. Just vacuum or rinse once every 3 to 9 months (depending on usage).
- Easy installation.
- Quiet operation.
- Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner was designed to fall well below the 50 parts per billion (ppb) FDA voluntary emission limit for medical devices. Trane CleanEffects™ contributes a negligible amount of ozone – less than .3 ppb to the living space.
- Typical ozone levels during the summer outdoors are at about 60 to 90 ppb, and indoor levels can vary greatly but are typically between 12 ppb to more than 80 ppb. Testing of Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner by third parties has shown there’s no more ozone in a home installed with Trane CleanEffects™ than what naturally occurs in the environment already.
- A Trane air cleaner is the industry benchmark supported and verified by third parties who make it their business to know about clean air.
- Minimal pressure drop. Delivering more clean air by volume to your living space.Our home environment has a huge impact on our allergies. Cleaner air means breathing easier, sleeping better and feeling better all around. Call your neighborhood Trane specialist at True Blue Air Service and get you estimate today!
BEST PRICES ON AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE IN FORT WORTH
|Posted by michaelmaj on June 21, 2019 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Keeping your home cool in the Summer does require upkeep on your part!
Here are a couple of easy ways to ensure you are getting what you need out of your air conditioning unit.
- Airflow is important for efficient cooling. Remove anything that might obstruct the vents, including furniture, window or wall treatments, and decor. Blocked vents make it more difficult for an air conditioning system to reach the required room temperature and affects its overall efficiency. A ceiling or standalone fan can further improve circulation, requiring less output from the air conditioner. In addition to cooling your home faster, it also uses up less energy.
- Regular inspections complement the scheduled preventive maintenance conducted by an HVAC technician. Issues like punctured ducts, leaks, and electronic malfunctions can be addressed in a timely manner before they develop into bigger problems. It also helps keep your air conditioning system at full efficiency, reducing strain and helping prolong its lifespan. Also, make it a point to inspect the filters and have them replaced or cleaned (if reusable) at least once a year.
BEST PRICES ON AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE IN FORT WORTH!
|Posted by michaelmaj on June 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
A lot of businesses practice reactive maintenance or “run it till it breaks” which has low upfront costs but will ultimately degrade equipment performance and reliability. Before the season gets any hotter, it's time to do some Spring Cleaning!
Preventative maintenance is a planned activity to clean, inspect, and test heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment to ensure they run efficiently, reliably, and have a long service life. Over 50% of business owners still operate with a philosophy of reactive maintenance. True Blue Air Service is not one of those businesses. We encourage you to do some "Spring Cleaning" and call to schedule your preventative maintenance service!
- Replace all filters quarterly
- Inspect and clean evaporator and condenser coils quarterly
- Inspect and lubricate fan motors quarterly
- Replace all belts annually
- 30 Point Maintenance Check
30 Point Maintenance Check (needs for specific systems vary):
- Check system for proper refrigerant charge
- Check compressor amps
- Check condenser fan amps
- Check condenser coil
- Check contactor points
- Check capacitor
- Check thermostat (level)
- Check thermostat calibration
- Check temperature split at evaporator coil
- Check blower amps
- Check heat strip amps
- Check safety controls
- Check all electrical connections
- Check air circulation
- Check for air leaks at plenum
- Check all visual leaks
- Change filter if available
- Lubricate all moving parts where necessary
- Check and clean evaporator coil
- Flush or blowout condensate line
- Check for excessive vibration
- Level a/c condenser
- Check defrost control
- Clean, check & adjust condenser fan
- Check condensing temperature split at condensing coil
- Clean indoor blower
- Check the crankcase heater
- Check final performance
|Posted by michaelmaj on June 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Is your HVAC refrigerant about to be outlawed?
January 1, 2020, the refrigerant R22 will become illegal and systems that use it will become obsolete. In order to repair or maintain systems that requires R22, the only options for technicians will be to use reclaimed and previously produced R22 refrigerant, but those products won't be around forever.
What does this mean for you?
Your unit that currently requires R22 will not be illegal for you to use. It is only illegal to produce more of it; therefore, when your system fails you are in a tough spot. You may be able to convert it to a different type of refrigerant; however, his is costly and may only buy you a few years.
What can you do?
First and foremost, do not purchase a system that requires R22 refrigerant, no matter how good of a deal! Some HVAC companies will try to clear out their inventory, but now you know better. The most cost-efficient solution is to prepare to purchase a new one before the product is no longer available. At True Blue Air Service, you can finance a system and not have to worry about the huge expense you aren’t prepared for!
Call your friendly True Blue Air Service technician if you are unsure or need some guidance! We are always happy to help.
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 30, 2019 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Thermostat technology advances are becoming more attractive. New homes come equipped with smart technology and temperature control, but you can upgrade your system and take advantage of the luxury and savings!
How many of us have programable thermostats that have never been properly programmed? The odds are – MANY of us! The early programable thermostats were pretty hard to program, thus frustrating homeowners and never completing the task. Things have changed and there are some new products that have really set the bar.
The Trane ComfortLink™ II XL1050 Zoning Control with built-in Nexia Bridge combines zoning technology and a home automation hub to remotely control your home, comfort, and energy use. It's easily accessible from a smartphone, tablet or computer, which makes adjusting the temperature for your family's comfort a breeze.
Compatible with Nexia Home Intelligence, the Trane XL624 has a programmable, touch-screen thermostat and control can remotely control your home's temperature to help suit your lifestyle and reduce your energy consumption. This Trane touch-screen thermostat connects you with your home and family, even when you're away.
With a newer programable thermostat and a minute or two, you can program a thermostat to automatically adjust your home and provide you with a comfortable climate. When you are not at home, you can program the thermostat to revert to a setting that will save you energy. You might even be the first in your neighborhood to do this.
Get in touch with a True Blue Air Service technician today so we can go over your options!
|Posted by michaelmaj on May 21, 2019 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Choosing the right contractor is the first step in any project.
Find a HVAC contractor you can trust!
Here are a few ways to help you find the company who is right for you!
Getting the bid
Do the bids clearly describe service and pricing, or are they vague and open ended? Written quotes should always be provided prior to commiting. It is likely there will be additional research to complete your bid following your visit, but don't let that scare you. This means the contractor is checking sources and ensuring you get the best deal on your system. Upon receiving the quote, it should be transparent and make sense while giving a clear picture of what will be done.
Cost of the visit
First of all, consider what you are requesting a technician for. Service calls usually indicates that you know something requires professional repair. A service call will always cost, but at True Blue Air Service estimates for a new system are always free! If the contractor charges you for a new system estimate, you need to be weary as this is a good indication they will find other ways to charge you for services you should not be paying for.
Big brand companies
Are you a person or a number? Do you speak to a different person in a different city or state every time you call for an update on your technician? Are the plans for repair, install or maintenance vague or is there a custom product for you? There is no need to go through a big brand name to get guaranteed service. Trust the local contractor who will understand the demands North Texas weather can put on your system. True Blue Air Service understands that you can’t wait weeks to get your air conditioning repaired during the summer months or your heating repaired in the unpredictable winters.