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Keep your family safe from hazards this season...

Posted by michaelmaj on November 26, 2019 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

You've probably already tested your heater this season since we've had some pretty chilly days.  In addition to typical fire hazards, there are other dangers to consider throughout the cold season.  Many dangers associated with your furnace can be detected fairly quickly, but some can sneak up on you.  Here are a few things to remember during the Winter to keep your family safe.


 


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 150 people in the U.S. die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year. An additional 5,000 or so suffer injuries. Known as the silent killer, CO poisoning is a very serious problem that can result from any fuel-burning process.

 

Generator, fireplace, and heating system maintenance should be conducted in the fall of every year for preventing buildup of this colorless and odorless gas.



Shocks and Electrical Hazards


Your furnace is hooked up to electrical wiring and control systems that connect to your thermostat and other parts. Other than flipping a switch or breaker, leave your furnace’s electrical work to a professional. Unless you are a certified electrician, always contact a professional HVAC technician for electrical repairs to your heating system.


 

Gas Leaks


Natural gas is still the most common heating fuel in the United States. A gas-powered furnace that is not maintained can cause efficiency and safety problems.  Although natural gas is naturally colorless and odorless, gas manufacturers are required to add chemicals to help alert people to the presence of gas.


If you smell rotten eggs and/or suspect a gas leak, evacuate the home as soon as possible and call your gas company or 911.

 

 

Water Leaks and Burns


Water leaks are more common in air conditioning systems than furnaces, but furnaces can still leak water and cause damage to your home. If you notice any water around your furnace, woodwork, or ceilings, contact an HVAC professional right way to assess the situation.


The heating system should be kept running and in good condition in the winter months. If the heating system is not used for a long time the water pipes can break and the water can escape from the pipes.




Keep your family safe this season, don't take any risks. 


Call our trained technicians at True Blue Air Services and get your system checked out!

 

940-648-1900



 



Winter Home Care - Be Prepared!

Posted by michaelmaj on November 15, 2019 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you ready for Winter?  We've already seen some temperature drops, but we haven't seen the worst of it yet.  This is Texas, so you never really know how harsh the Winter is going to be, but better to safe than sorry. 


Here are 15 helpful tips to help prepare you for cold weather.





 

1. Make Sure Your Heating System is Ready

Depending on the type of heating system you have, there are a few home maintenance things you should do before the temperatures really start to dip. If you have a high-efficiency system, PVC vent pipes need to be cleared of any obstructions.

 

2. Protect the Air Conditioner

Even though the condensing unit is built for outdoor elements, it can still be damaged by falling icicles and other debris. You don’t need to invest in a waterproof cover (in fact many manufacturers recommend against it, because it creates a warm space for critters). Just place a sheet of plywood held down by a few bricks on top and your AC should be ready to work again in the spring.


3. Clean your Furnace Filter

This is the most common cause of heating (and cooling) troubles. Change the filter and the problem usually disappears.


4. Check for Air Leaks

Check for air leaks around windows and doors, including cracks in caulking or weatherstripping. Also, replace caulk and weatherstripping if necessary.


5. Let the Sun Shine
During sunny days, open the curtains and let some sunlight in. The rays will help warm you up even on the coldest days

6. Close the Curtains

If you open the curtains to let the sun shine in during the day, close those curtains at night. This will help you trap the heat inside your home.

7. Use Rugs

Rugs not only work to style a room, but they also do a good job of keeping your feet toasty if you have tile or hardwood flooring.

8. Prepare for a Storm

Power outages are common during winter storms, so make sure you’re prepared with a survival kit. Your winter home maintenance checklist should include stocking up on bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, first-aid supplies, batteries and a smart phone charger.


9. Stock Up on Salt, Sand

Purchase some salt, ice melt or sand before the first snowfall. And this will give you some extra traction when it’s time to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.


10. Consider a Generator

If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, perhaps it’s time to consider a generator. A generator will help you keep some lights on, along with the heat, during prolonged winter power outages.


11. Are the Dampers Open?

Some ductwork contains dampers to adjust airflow. Look for handles and markings on the ductwork such as ‘summer’ and ‘winter.’ Set the damper handle parallel to the duct line for maximum airflow.

12. Reverse Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, reverse the motion so they are moving clockwise. This will help move warm air downward where it’s needed to keep you warm.

13. Prevent Pipes from Freezing

When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet.


14. Check Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Acording to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the cause of 27 percent of structure fires during the winter months. So make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in your home.


15. Try a Terra Cotta Heater
Make a terra cotta heater. Just place a terra cotta flower pot upside-down over candles. You’ll need to prop the pot up a little with a couple small rocks or something similar so air can get underneath. Keep the heater out of the reach of children and pets and never leave candles unattended.


Some of these tips are easy to do yourself, but some are best handled by a professional.

Call your friendly True Blue Air Service technician and schedule a routine check up.


940-648-1900







Coming January 2020 - Your Refrigerant Could Be Illegal!

Posted by michaelmaj on November 7, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We've blogged on this before, but as the year ends we want to remind you about the new law coming in 2020.  To recap: if your HVAC system requires the refrigerant "R22", you will most definitely run into some trouble with maintenace...




Your system may be maintained for a short period of time; however, 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.  Beginning January 1, 2020, the refrigerant R22 will become illegal to manufacture and systems that use it will eventually become obsolete.


It is not illegal for you to own a system that requires R22 as a refrigerant.  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, this is a difficult and costly project and there is no warranty on your conversion.  If you are a trained and skilled technician, you can convert with the following items:


  • REFRIGERANT RECOVERY MACHINE AND TANK: (YOU CAN GO TO PRISON FOR VENTING R22)
  • VACUUM PUMP: THIS PUMPS THE MOISTURE OUT OF THE SYSTEM
  • R11X FLUSH: THIS CLEANS THE R22 OIL AND RESIDUE OUT OF THE SYSTEM
  • OXYGEN/ACETYLINE AND BRAZING RODS (15% SILVER)
  • R410A REFRIGERANT: (MUST BE EPA CERTIFIED TO PURCHASE)
  • REFRIGERANT SCALE: TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HAVE PUT IN THE SYSTEM
  • BI-DIRECTIONAL FILTER DRYER


That is quite a process... what else can you do?  First and foremost, do not purchase a system that requires R22 refrigerant, no matter how good of a deal!  The most cost-efficient solution is to prepare to purchase a new system and avoid this hazardous process.


At True Blue Air Service, you can finance a system and not have to worry about the huge expense up front.  Call your friendly True Blue Air Service technician and schedule your free estimate for a new system.  We are always happy to help.

940-648-1900


What's that smell? Understand the different smells coming from your furnace...

Posted by michaelmaj on October 21, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you notice an odd burning smell when the heat turns on, it may be a sign that your furnace needs maintenance. It could be something as minor as a dirty filter, but it could also be a serious problem like a broken electrical component in the furnace. Don’t ignore it. Try to find the source of the odor to avoid costly repairs in the future.




Here are some tips to get you started:


  • What causes the smell of burning dust?  When your furnace is not used for long periods of time, dust can collect on the heat exchanger and in the air ducts. When the furnace is turned on, the dust burns off and releases an odor.  It is normal for dust to burn off when the heater is turned on for the first time in the winter season and not a cause for concern. This smell should disappear in a few hours. If the problem persists, check your air filters.

  • What causes musty odors? When you turn on your furnace for the first time each year, it may smell like a damp basement or like dirt or dust. The musty odor comes from dust and dirt collecting in the air ducts, which gets blown throughout your home when the furnace turns on. If this smell persists throughout the heating season, it could mean you need to change the air filter.  A musty smell could also indicate that mold is trapped on the furnace filter, A/C coil, or on the humidifier panel if you have one.

  • How to get rid of musty odor smells in the heater?  Inspect the filter once a year and replace or clean as needed. If the humidifier panel is moldy, replace it. If the filter and humidifier panel are ok, your A/C coil could be the culprit. You'll need to schedule with a professional if this is the case.

  • What causes an electrical burning smell?  If you notice an odor that smells like burning plastic or burning electrical parts, it could be something simple or something more serious.  A foreign object in your HVAC system’s ductwork could start to smell once it gets overheated. This could be a child’s dropped toy, or an unnoticed spill. Remove your registers and visually inspect them to clean or remove any objects that don’t belong.  It could also be something more serious, such as an overheated furnace motor or a burned internal piece. If you cannot locate a foreign object in the ductwork, call an experienced technician to check the electrical components in the furnace.

  • What causes the smell of smoke or oil?  If you operate an oil furnace, and smell oil or smoke, it could mean a serious problem with your furnace. If the smell persists after checking and changing the oil filter, call an schedule an appointment to get it checked out.


Everybody's furnace is going to put off a smell when first being used for the season.  Many systems are safe as they are; however, recognizing what exactly you are smelling is important.  If you are unsure about what causes the smell, be safe and call a professional to check it out!



Call True Blue Air Services today and schedule your fall maintenance!
940-648-1900

HVAC Installation Costs and How to Save

Posted by michaelmaj on September 20, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Let's face it, nobody likes to spend money on their HVAC system.  When it's time to install a new system, it can get really expensive!  We offer 100% financing and free estimates on installations, but sometimes you can avoid such an expensive event with regular maintanence through a service contract...




A service contract is only $120.00 per year for a Spring and Fall Tune-up.  Each additional system is $80.00 per year.  That's only $60 per season.  When you think about the savings compared to facing a major issue in an emergency, it really makes sense.  Advantages to having a service contract with True Blue:


  • Improved Efficiency
  • Extended Equipment Life
  • Lower Utility Bills


With a service contract through True Blue Air Services LLC., you also get Priority Customer Advantage: Customers who have a service contract with True Blue receive a priority in our call placement which means if your system is down for any reason, you will be pushed in front of the line for quicker service response.


Depending on the condition of your current system, the service contract may or may not be able to save you.  If it's just that time, you should probably begin to budget for a new HVAC system.  A new furnace, air conditioner or heat pump can directly improve your quality of life. It may seem like a significant investment, but it will eventually save you money on your energy bill. Overall costs for HVAC installation will vary according to the type of unit you have installed, the difficulty of removing the old unit and your existing ductwork.


If you’re budgeting for HVAC installation, use these average costs to help give you an idea of what to expect (equipment cost not included):


  • Gas furnace installation: $1,800 to $4,000
  • Electric furnace installation: $1,700 to $2,500
  • Air conditioner installation: $1,800 to $10,500
  • Ductless HVAC installation: $300 to $1,500


Rest assured knowing that True Blue Air Services LLC. will always treat you fair.  We care about you and want to make sure you are taken care of!  Try to avoid replacement with a service contract, but for the best prices for HVAC services in the Fort Worth area,

Give True Blue Air Services LLC. a call and get your Free Estimate for installations!


(940) 648-1900


When will it be Fall???

Posted by michaelmaj on September 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM Comments 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


Your best bet is to call a professional and let them test everything out to be on the safe side. 
Give True Blue Air Services a call and set up your routine maintenance! 

(940) 648-1900

Back to School! Did You Buy a New Home This Summer?

Posted by michaelmaj on August 9, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments 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!

940-648-1900



Finally, some RELIEF! 10 ways to save on your electric bill...

Posted by michaelmaj on July 25, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments 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!

940-648-1900


July Temps Expected to Hit Triple Digits

Posted by michaelmaj on July 11, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments 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...




  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Today's Pollen Count: Next to Nothing!

Posted by michaelmaj on June 27, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments 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

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