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Welcome to TruTemp Solutions’ First Blog Post!

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TruTemp Solutions’ goal is to allow our customers to be as comfortable as possible in their home, no matter what weather is happening outside. This blog will showcase what Tru Temp Solutions can do for your business or home. In further posts by Tru Temp Solutions, we will go in depth on a particular service which we provide our customers, all year ‘round. We understand that heating/cooling bills can cost and arm and a leg, so let Tru Temp Solutions inspect your home or business and let you know how you can start saving money today!  The services that we provide to our customers, in ANY season are as follows:

  • Air Conditioner Service
  • Air Conditioner Instillation
  • Commercial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) Service/Instillation
  • Ductless Air Conditioners
  • Heating Systems Repair and Service

Our Integrity Makes the Difference

In addition to our wide range of services and products, we choose to only partner with companies who share our vision and match our unwavering integrity.  It is our mission to provide both residential and commercial clients in the greater Tuscaloosa and Northport, AL area the best solution for all things HVAC and AC related.  Whether it’s routine maintenance to purchasing and installation, to complete repair services, you’re in the most capable hands in the South.

Not only do we handle all of your heating and cooling needs, we also provide FREE energy audits.  This process can be very overwhelming, but we will help guide you through every step of the way.

 

Why Choose TruTemp Solutions

We know you have a lot of options, so why choose TruTemp Solutions?

  • We provide high quality work
  • We’re locally owned and operated
  • We provide prompt service
  • We have OVER 24 YEARS of experience
  • We are fully licensed and insured
  • We’ll provide you an estimate for free
  • We have financing available if you need it
  • We’ll help you get those great tax breaks
  • And last, but not least, we’re actually great guys!!

Feel free to check out our recent work and see for yourself what an excellent team you’ll be working with!

 

We understand that heating/cooling bills can cost and arm and a leg, so let Tru Temp Solutions inspect your home or business and let you know how you can start saving money today!

Learn How You Can Avoid 2 Common Air Conditioning Problems

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With summer approaching, you’ll soon be depending on your AC unit to keep you comfortable. Learn about a few things that can get in the way of keeping your home cool and take the appropriate precautions to avoid them.

Inadequate Air Flow

If your AC unit doesn’t have the proper air flow, it could end up costing you more in energy bills or—even worse—it could stop working altogether if overworked for too long. The following are a few problems that result in improper air flow:

  • Improperly sealed unit: If there are air leaks in your unit, warm air could be getting in or the cold air could be seeping out. You can easily resolve air leaks by resealing with weatherstripping.
  • Dirty or blocked registers: If you have a forced air system, you want to regularly vacuum the registers to make sure dust and other objects don’t build up and block the airflow completely.
  • Clogged Filter: If you’re replacing less often than once a month, you could end up with a clogged filter, especially if you have cats or dogs in your home. Not only does a clogged filter not cool your home as well as it should, but the unit will have to work harder to do its job, resulting in higher energy bills for you.

Taking the actions above can help improve your air flow, the efficiency of your unit, and your energy savings.

Inaccurate Thermostat Readings

Are you finding that your AC unit is running more often than it should? Or does it feel much colder than the temperature settings you programmed into your thermostat? If you answered yes to either of these questions, your thermostat sensor could be getting inaccurate readings.

To further investigate what is causing these inaccuracies, find out if:

  • There are electronics near the thermostat: The sensor could be detecting heat from these appliances if they are too close to it. Make sure to keep lamps, TVs, and other electronics away from the unit’s thermostat.
  • The unit and/or thermostat are getting too much sun: If you have a window AC unit that gets a lot of sun during the day, it’ll heat up and make it work harder to keep the air coming out of it as cool. Likewise, a thermostat that sits in direct sunlight will work harder to combat the heat. Unfortunately, the rest of your home won’t be as hot as the incorrect temperature that your thermostat is registering. If possible, put window units in areas of the home with windows that don’t get as much sun. To cut down on the sunlight hitting your thermostat, you can shut doors, use blinds or curtains, or relocate your thermostat.
  • The sensor is out of position: If knocked out of position, you might find that your unit is cycling constantly or having other issues. To put it back in position, you can adjust the wire holding it in place. Be sure that you move it so it is near the coil but not touching it.

To avoid these issues and others, it’s also very important to have a technician check the condition of your unit every year.

 

Is your unit due for a checkup? Contact TruTemp Solutions today! We handle air conditioning installation and service on a regular basis.

5 of the Most Common AC Problems

 

With spring underway and summer quickly approaching, it’s time to prep your AC for the season. Here are five of the most common AC problems to watch out for. If your AC is experiencing any of the following, it’s important to get it fixed before the temperature gets too hot.

  1. Low refrigerant or refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant is the chemical that keeps the air in your AC system cool. Low levels or a leak could be causing your AC system to be less effective. A professionally trained technician can fix any leaks and restore refrigerant levels to where they should be.
  1. Frozen coils. If there’s an airflow issue with the unit, coils can freeze which will in turn cause more problems. A dirty air filter may be the problem behind frozen coils. Make sure the air filter is clean, then run the fan to help melt away the ice on the coils. If you’re not sure that will fix the problem, call a professional technician to help you resolve the problem.
  1. Wiring or control failure. Whether wiring was installed incorrectly or has eroded or developed a short, faulty wiring may be blame for your AC failure. Failure could also be attributed to a malfunction in the control panel. It’s important to call a qualified technician to help solve issues related to electrical malfunction.
  1. Power failure. If your AC won’t run, check all of the breakers to make sure none have flipped. It goes without saying that if the unit isn’t receiving power, it won’t run. If none of the breakers are flipped, call a qualified technician to come and take a look and help you get the problem resolved.
  1. Bad filter. An overused and dirty filter can cause more issues than you think. If your AC unit isn’t running properly, or at all, change the filter and see if that does the trick. If you’re still having trouble, call a technician in your area.

If your AC unit is displaying signs of one or more of these common problems, call a technician you can trust.

We strive to provide our customers with the ability to maintain a comfortable environment in any season. Our Alabama technicians have industry experience, reasonable rates, and flexible appointments to ensure that all of our customers are taken care of as quickly as possible.

Contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment.

The Best Ways to Ruin Your HVAC System

You know what people love? Replacing their HVAC equipment. Everyone’s looking for ways to spend more money, and since a new air conditioner or heater is a good chunk of change, they’re great ways to get rid of some of that extra cash that everyone has lying around. If you’re interested in shortening the lifespan of your HVAC equipment so you can drop your clean out your bank account by replacing it early, make sure you do at least some of the following:

Close Your Vents

Closing vents in unused rooms forces the system to run harder to keep airflow normal. It will use more energy in the short run and cause more wear and tear on your system in the long run. Your system is balanced to keep airflow consistent throughout the whole house. When the vents are closed, the pressure in the ducts increases, creating leaks, and the system runs longer to correct the temperature in the rooms where the vents are still open.

Hold on to that Filter

If you’re trying to overwork your HVAC system, you shouldn’t replace your filter. As dust, hair, allergens, and other debris get caught in the filter, it becomes harder and harder for the blower’s motor to move the hot and cold air through it. Changing or cleaning your filter every month or two undermines your efforts to ruin the HVAC system, so keep the same filter in there as long as possible.

Avoid Cleaning the HVAC System

While we’re on the topic of dirt and debris, remember that the filter isn’t the only thing that can get dirty. The fins on the AC unit can get bent and clogged. The heater, blower, and ducts can  all get dusty. Take a break from your chores and don’t clean any of this. This might be hard for people with allergies—you’ll want to clean them out so you can breathe easier—but be strong. Soon enough the wear and tear will help your reach your goal of prematurely repair or replace your HVAC system.

Ignore All Warning Signs

When your HVAC system realizes what you’re doing to it, it’ll start sending out distress signals. It’ll begin short-cycling, turning on and off frequently. You might smell some strange odors, like rubber or plastic burning. The airflow in your home will begin to slow down. When one or more of these things happen, you know you’re winning your war against your HVAC system. Ignore these warning signs for just a little longer, and eventually you’ll get to replace the whole thing.

Of course, if you’re not trying to spend a ton of money on avoidable repairs and replacements, you could ignore all this advice and keep your HVAC system running smoothly and even extend its lifetime. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way in saving you money. To learn more, visit TruTempSolutions.com.

What Goes into an Energy Audit and Why Should I have One Done?

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It seems that utility bills are just too high, no matter where you live or what your situation. Every month you stare at your bill, perplexed at how much gas and electricity you used. “How is this even possible?” you might wonder.

Before you start blaming the utility companies for their outrageous prices and blatant gouging, have you considered that it might actually be your equipment that’s to blame? Outdated HVAC units are actually a major culprit of energy and can be costing you more than you might think. One way to tell for sure whether or not it’s your equipment or electric company that’s the problem is by having an energy audit done.

What is an Energy Audit

An energy audit is an estimate of the energy needs of a building or residence which can help you know whether or not your equipment is doing the trick. Here are some of the things that get checked when you order an energy audit on your home or building.

  • Doors, windows, outside walls… anywhere that might have air leaks. During the summer, those air leaks can fight against the AC and during the winter they’ll just help you heat the outdoors.
  • If you don’t have proper or enough insulation, you can be losing a lot of heat and cool air through the walls and ceiling of your home or building.
  • Heating and cooling equipment. If your equipment isn’t up-to-date enough to meet your needs, it may be running on overtime and costing you a small fortune.
  • Traditional light bulbs and outdated light fixtures may be using more energy than you’d expect.
  • Outdated appliances may be eating more energy than their newer counterparts.
  • If there are any holes or gaps in ductwork, you could be losing a lot more heat or cool air than you think.

Where Can I Get One?

You can do an energy audit yourself or hire a professional. Professional auditors can use a wide range of equipment and processes to determine the efficiency of your home and give you tips and advice on making it more efficient. Through tools like infrared cameras, they can determine where the biggest offenders are.

We offer a free energy audit service in Northport and Tuscaloosa, AL. You can learn more on our energy efficiency page or learn more about the other services that we have available to you at TruTemp Solutions.

Using Preventive Methods to Avoid Wintertime Repairs

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Winter can be hard on your home, which means you need to be prepared to combat the harsh conditions. Find out which problems you could be faced with and how to prevent them from happening.

Frozen or Burst Pipes

When water expands, it freezes. This means your pipes can burst easily if the water in them decides to freeze.

For that reason, you want to take preventive measures before the damage is done:

  • Drain water from all swimming pools, sprinkler system lines, and hoses.
  • Insulate all hot and cold water pipes.
  • Limit your water supply lines’ exposure to cold by keeping your garage closed and makings sure areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, cabinets underneath sinks are sealed off from the outside.
  • Make sure to run water or let cold water drip from faucets connected to exposed pipes

By doing the above, you can avoid frozen or burst pipes.

Water Damage to Chimney

The open design of the chimney and the absorptive properties of its materials makes it susceptible to water damage and deterioration. Because it can be such a slow process, you may not notice the damage until it’s too late.

Luckily, you can easily combat this nuisance by treating it with a waterproofing agent. Make sure to do it as soon as possible. If you’re worried that it’s already begun deteriorating, be sure to get it inspected.

Ice Dam on Roof

The ice dam that forms on your roof may not seem like a big deal. However, once it melts and causes water damage, you’ll be left with a hefty repair to take care of.

Lower your chances of an ice dam by ensuring your home has the proper ventilation and insulation. The attic should have:

  • 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of your attic’s floor area
  • 10-14 inches of insulation

If you’re lacking in either of those areas, contact a roof expert to fix the problem.

Furnace Problems

Winter is the last time you want to have furnace issues. If your furnace is constantly turning on and off, your heater may not be getting adequate air flow and is turning off due to overheating.

By making sure that you replace your filter—or clean it out—regularly, your furnace won’t have to work as hard to keep you toasty warm.

TruTemp Solutions is a locally owned and operated heating and cooling company. If you suspect issues with your heating system this winter, we’d be happy to come check it out. Find out what makes us different.

Advances in the Heating and Cooling Industry

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Heating and cooling options have grown since the days of fans and radiators. These days, you have much more available to you than the popular choices of a traditional furnace, water heater, and central air. Learn some of the newest heating and cooling advancements the industry is buzzing about:

 

Tankless Water Heaters

Widely boasted as an energy-efficient solution, tankless water heaters heat water only as it is needed. Another benefit is having the convenience of washing a load of laundry, taking a shower, and running the dishwasher all at the same time—without having to worry about running out of hot water.

 

Solar-Powered Water Heaters

Because solar energy has gained momentum over the years, many people are excited about solar-powered water heating systems. There are several different types of systems, but the biggest difference with a solar energy system is that no pumping is required.

 

Ductless AC Systems

Rather than cooling the whole house, ductless air conditioning systems focus on cooling the rooms that they are in. For this reason, you should install them in the rooms that are used the most. Because your system is not trying to cool the whole house, it will use up less energy to keep you comfortable—not to mention it will save you money!

 

Portable Air Conditioners

Like ductless systems, portable air conditioners are better for cooling individual rooms, and are not ideal for whole-house cooling solutions. However, one advantage they have over ductless systems is that they are portable, which means you can easily move them from one room to the next as your needs change.

 

Smart Thermostats

Smart technology is in demand. For this reason, many companies have developed smart thermostats to meet the consumer’s needs. There are obvious benefits to a programmable thermostat that can learn your habits, sense when the property is vacant, and allow temperature adjustments to be made when you’re away.

 

Smart Air Vents

The next step in smart technology is smart air vents. Similar to some smart thermostats, smart vents have sensors that can sense when a room is occupied and can close the vents when it is vacant. They also have the capabilities to detect when a room is too hot or cold and can manage the pressure and airflow of each vent.

 

TruTemp Solutions is an experienced HVAC contractor. Whether you need a repair handled or a new AC system installed, we’d love to work with you.

How to Prepare Your AC Unit for Winter

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As of this post, it still feels like summer in Tuscaloosa, AL so air conditioning units across the state are still running strong. But winter is slowly approaching and it’s getting cooler as we get into November. It may be time to pack up your AC unit until next year comes around. Here are the steps to take to prepare your AC unit for winter.

Clean Your Air Conditioner in Northport, AL

Your unit has endured heatwave after heatwave in the summer, along with all the dust and debris it came with. Make sure you are thorough in your cleaning, starting with the outer frame. Sweep off the dust, leaves, bugs, and spider webs on your air conditioner.

Change the filter or clean it if it is reusable. These should be replaced every three months to preserve the longevity of your AC unit and improve its energy efficiency. Dirty air filters block the flow of air, spread dust and allergens into your home, and generate more heat than your unit is supposed to. Dirty AC coils and bent coil fins reduce airflow and the coils’ ability to absorb heat so be sure to clean these parts as well. You may need to call TruTemp Solutions if your air conditioner needs those parts repaired or replaced.

If it is a portable unit that you installed into your window, you may have to remove it before doing any cleaning. Put on a pair of work gloves so you have a firm grip of the heavy AC unit. Unplug the unit and remove any insulation or objects securing it to the window before lifting it off. Place a towel under your workspace to absorb any moisture that may drip onto the floor. Be sure the clean the filter and let it dry.

Cover Your Air Conditioning Unit

After giving your AC unit a thorough cleaning, it’s time to cover it to save it from the elements. There have been discussions whether this is good practice, which is justified because AC units need to be in open air whenever it is being used. However, since we are putting it out of commission for winter this is not the case. The best and cheapest solution is to cover your AC unit with a black plastic trash bag.

If you need assistance with these tasks, TruTemp Solutions is your residential air conditioner service of Tuscaloosa who specialize in everything air conditioning, whether it be repair, installation, replacement, or maintenance. They can service your AC or HVAC unit so that it can withstand the cold winter and resume use next summer. To learn more about our commercial air conditioner service, visit our website at www.trutempsolutions.com.