The Dangers of CO Poisoning

A Deadly Intruder that Doesn’t Make a Sound: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

The Dangers of CO Poisoning

A Deadly Intruder that Doesn’t Make a Sound: The Dangers of CO Poisoning

There could be a danger in your home that you can’t see, feel or taste but that can create serious health risks for your family. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various types of fuels. These include propane and natural gas, as well as wood, charcoal, oil, coal and kerosene. Equipment with internal combustion engines can also produce carbon monoxide, including generators, cars and lawn mowers.

Today is a great time to call an expert air conditioner and heating repair contractor.  If you have questions on CO in your home from the home gas furnace, call the top rated service company today.  The guys in the yellow booties.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “On average, about 170 people in the United States die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products. These products include malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; engine-powered equipment such as portable generators; fireplaces; and charcoal that is burned in homes and other enclosed areas.”

Because you can’t see or smell CO, people may not realize they’re being poisoned. Initial symptoms mimic the flu and other illnesses. These include: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. At higher levels of CO poisoning, symptoms become more severe: mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness and death.

Preventing CO Poisoning

The CPSC offers several ways to prevent CO poisoning, including:

  • Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Have the heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. Also have chimneys and flues checked.
  • Never service fuel-burning appliances without proper knowledge, skill and tools.
  • Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool in or near an enclosed space such as a garage or house – even with open doors and windows.
  • Install a CO alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL 2034 safety standard. CO alarms should be installed in the hallway near every separate sleeping area. (CO alarm isn’t a substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO.)
  • Don’t use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage, tent, etc. unless use in an enclosed space is part of its design and gives instructions for this use.
  • Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
  • Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping.
  • During home renovations, ensure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked by tarps or debris. Make sure appliances are in proper working order when renovations are complete.

If you’d like our help, schedule an appointment or learn more about heater repair, maintenace or converting to refrigerated air conditioning by SoBellas Home Services expert technicians here.

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Getting Your Appliances Repaired Before the Holidays

Appliance Repair for the holidays.

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Getting Your Appliances Repaired Before the Holidays
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As leaves and temperature drop together, the imminence of the holiday season draws every closer. For some people, the holidays may still seem like miles away while others can practically taste their mother’s famous apple pie that she makes every year for the annual family gathering. Of course, nothing wears your appliances down more than exposure to the constant cooking, washing, and general activity of visiting family. Whether the holidays are hosted at your house this year or you’re simply getting a head start on baking cookies for all your coworkers, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the inevitable holiday rush on appliance repairs. Any trouble you’d like taken care of before new years should probably be arranged now because the repair professionals will soon be stacked with last-minute emergency calls from less prepared hosts.

Check Your Cooking Appliances

If there’s one thing everyone does over the holiday season, no matter what background or traditional culture, it’s cook special holiday foods and eat together. While you may have been fine with that one sparking burner or broken timer feature when it was just you cooking, the last thing you want is for someone unfamiliar with your stove to get hurt or burn something. Before you call in, do a full check of your three major cooking appliances.

Check each burner of the stove for even heating and response to the knob, then turn them all off. Next, check and make sure your oven is heating all the way across its heating elements and that the light works. Now, test the digital display. A short in the display could indicate deeper potential problems. Lastly, run your microwave once and make a note if the screen flickers, and if you use a toaster or toaster oven, now is a good time to test them as well.

Inspecting Clothing Washer and Dryer

The ability to wash clothes is incredibly important when you have family visiting as they’re likely to only have a few changes of clothes packed. Having guests over for the holidays can sometimes more than triple your laundry machine usage, so you’ll want to your set to be as robust and ready as possible. If the spin drum in either your washer or dryer bumps, if there’s a problem with the display, or if your dryer isn’t fully drying things, these are all signs that you might need an appliance maintenance visit to get your washer and dryer ready for the greater holiday usage. YOu may also want to wipe these down as residual soap, lint, and hair can build up on the insides while dust and spilled detergent often hit the outside.

AC, Water Heater, Furnace

Some of your appliances you use every day but never actually look at. Your air conditioner, for instance, probably won’t get a ton of use this holiday season, but while we’re talking repairs you might as well have it inspected and change the filter. Then there’s the furnace or whatever your home uses to spread heat around. Tending to the furnace or your home’s heater equivalent, on the other hand, is vital to prevent your guests from becoming relative-scicles. Along the same lines, doubling or even tripling the number of people showering in your home can put extra stress on the water heater. Have it inspected, flushed, the filter changed, and repairs done, if necessary.

Having gone down the necessities checklist for holiday host appliances, with a single call to your favorite repair service, your home should be one step closer to being ready to host countless family members and their children. And hey, with your water heater and washer in top condition, now is the perfect time to wash all those extra linens. For more helpful appliance repair tips and expertise, contact us today!  The best rated appliance techs around.

Have You Heard the Dark and Dirty Secret… about Your Air Conditioner System?

Secrets about your air conditioner system.Have You Heard the Dark and Dirty Secret… about Your Home Comfort System?

A lot of folks in my industry don’t really want to talk about the #1 Reason for air conditioner system failure.  But let me give you a hint:  when I say it’s a “dark and dirty” secret, I do mean dirty!

That’s right.  It’s not age. Or brand. Or weather hazards. Or constant adjustments of the thermostat.  Nope.  The #1 Reason for air conditioner system or  refrigerated air failure is dirt.

When you think about it, it should be no surprise why this reason isn’t exactly well-known among homeowners.  The fact is, a new system costs thousands of dollars. Yet regular maintenance to prevent system failure is just pennies on the dollar. Get the picture?

So that’s why SoBellas Home Services is making a strong effort to let this secret out of the bag. 

 

At SoBellas, we feel it is our ethical duty to show you how to: A) Save money, B) Save time and C) Save you hassle and headaches.  And you can help us help you by clicking to schedule our 21-Point “Energy Saver” Tune-Up.   Here’s why…

 

  • Your system gets fully cleaned, adjusted and reset to factory spec. It’s the same principle as servicing your car on a regular basis. It keeps it running in tip-top shape and helps you pinpoint any trouble spots.  (A $200 value.)

 

  • You’ll get a carbon monoxide test on your system. This is an odorless gas that puts families in real risk if not detected. (A $160 value, plus a priceless life-saving possibility.)

 

  • Repair-Free Guarantee. If you need any repairs over the next 30 days after your tune-up, we’ll refund every single penny of the tune-up’s cost!

 

  • 100% Return on Investment Guaranteed. Save your tune-up cost in energy usage over the next 120 days (compared to the same period last year), or we’ll pay you the difference.

 

With all the other extras we throw in, your full service tune-up is a $400 value – that we’re offering right now for just $179.

Now that the secret’s out, take the logical step in true home comfort.  Keep your air conditioner system maintained and keep it healthy.  It its not healthy, give us a call for air conditioning and furnace repair near my location.

If you would like some information on converting to refrigerated air or purchasing a new air conditioning system, please give us a call today.  We have banks standing by ready to help with all your purchase needs.

Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235. It really is that simple!

The Cost of Efficiency – AC Unit

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The Cost of Efficiency with your Air Conditioning system.

We are fortunate to live in a time where everything is becoming more efficient. While that is a wonderful thing, it does not come without a price tag. Even light bulbs are more efficient. Yes, high efficiency light bulbs will last 10 times longer than your regular light bulbs, but they are not inexpensive.

In regards to the high efficiency light bulb, it will cost you more money upfront to purchase it, but it does save you money both in energy costs and in the frequency with which it has to be replaced. So while more expensive, it does work out in your favor. This can be something that is hard to understand. We are much more prone to want a good deal upfront, or to pay the least amount of money for something out of pocket, than to focus on what it saves us on our utility bills.

The same is true for our home air conditioning system. A new high-efficiency AC unit will save you a lot of money on energy costs, but the upfront cost can be intimidating. Read I’d Like to Pay You $1500 Cash Trade-In for Your Old Energy-Wasting AC System to learn how you can save money upfront (the way we like to save money) by replacing your AC unit and getting the benefit of saving money on your energy costs as well.

If you would like more details on how you can take advantage of this, give us a call to see if you qualify.  This wont last forever so call today.  Change that old AC unit or swamp cooler for a cool new energy efficient Air Conditioner today with the guys in the yellow booties.

I’d Like to Pay You $1500 Cash Trade-In for Your Old Energy-Wasting AC System

I'd like to Pay You $1500Plus, you save a bundle on record-setting energy prices!

$1500 Trade in Allowance or up to 60 Months Zero Interest OAC on a new AC System…

Last winter’s energy price increase was a shock. It reminded me of about ten years ago when gas prices set off a frenzy of people trading in gas-guzzling big cars for small, efficient cars.

During that time, “efficiency” got very expensive too! Those “little” cars went up in price quickly because of their popularity… while the price of big inefficient cars dropped like a rock. Experts predict that this year will be no better.  It may be much worse…

That’s when it hit me: “Why not offer my customers a way to beat the energy increase, plus pay them for their old trade-ins to help train our techs?” I also checked into your real savings potential – SoBellas

 

U.S. Department of Energy Figures:  A typical 10-year-old furnace* would cost you 15% more in energy this year than our new high efficiency SoBellas heating and cooling system. That’s 15% of your dollars that could be headed to Energy Companies or Mideast Oil Producers instead of your pocket.

Figures like these help prove that prices for efficient equipment are probably headed up too. Just like with cars, “efficiency” is likely to get expensive. That brings me to another benefit –

Right now, you can get a super-efficient heating and cooling system before the winter price increase. When these are gone, that’s it. It’s just a matter of time before the manufacturer and I have to raise prices.

That’s why I’m writing you now…

 You can beat the near-certain price increase, plus the energy increase, plus get a Cash Trade-In for your old AC system. I just can’t think of a way to be any fairer than that… except for one thing…

I’m so convinced that this is the best thing going, I’d like to give you a completely free, no-obligation Energy Survey of your current system. It may not need replacing. You may only need a professional (that’s us!) to come and suggest some free ways to save energy in this crazy market.

But you must fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 soon to schedule your free Energy Survey since we have no way of knowing how long supplies will last.

Thousands of customers got this letter. So if you are the least bit interested, please schedule your free Energy Survey soon. Remember, you get the “old” price (as long as we have them), great energy savings and $1500 Cash Trade-In for your old AC system, plus a free Energy Survey!

This wont last forever, call now to get your new AC and save a ton of money…

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Would You Hire A Blind Surgeon? – SoBellas Air Conditioning

“Wait! Is that your gallbladder or your tonsils?”

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That’s scary to think about. But the point is a
blindfolded surgeon can’t do his job because
he’s missing the whole picture of the problem.
Too often that’s what happens with home energy
“improvements.”

Trying to diagnose a sick home air conditioning system is the same thing. Some contractors guess at ways to make your home comfortable. Some say you need more insulation, or a new heating and cooling air conditioning system, or to seal up your windows. And it’s a guess.

Are you sick and tired of putting up with cold, drafty rooms in the winter … and sweltering hot rooms in the summer? Not to mention (though I will) out of control utility bills.

If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners suffer these same “environmental” issues in their homes without ever solving the problems. To solve the root problem – not just the symptoms – you’ve got to look at the WHOLE house.

This type of diagnosis requires a Whole House Energy Analysis. The Analysis is conducted by a specialist who runs a series of tests, does an analysis and prepares a report that pinpoints and identifies all trouble spots at once.

This crucial first step scientifically reveals: elusive drafts, heating and cooling losses, overuse and waste of energy, and a whole list of other issues that stand in the way of your comfort.

This blueprint enables you to (finally!) identify and fix all those previously impossible to find, energy draining and comfort depriving issues you’ve suffered with for years.

Here’s some of what we’ll do:

  • Ventilation Check: Makes sure the house is “breathing” properly so YOU stay healthy.
  • Physical Review: Room-to-room evaluation, appliance efficiency assessment and inspection of your furnace and central air conditioning. (We check for the obscure along with the routine items.)

Why this matters to YOU:

  • Lower energy bills.An energy efficient home means lower monthly utility bills (i.e. dollars back in your pocket rather than out the window.)
  • Increased Home Value.Given the cost of energy today, sealing your home’s “envelope” to improve energy efficiency can increase home value overall.
  • Greater Year-round Comfort. We’ve mentioned this before, but inconsistent room temperatures, air leaks and condensation can all make your house less than comfortable – and your family deserves better.
  • Overall Better Health. Drafty rooms can make you more susceptible to germs, colds and flu. Plus, when you do away with the causes of mold, mildew and excessive dust, you’ll also improve the air quality in your home and the environment.

Special Invitation from SoBellas:
Save $25 off a Whole House Energy Analysis

Now is the perfect time to start saving on energy use and FINALLY get the year-round comfort you’ve dreamed about. Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to schedule your custom Whole House Energy Analysis and to take advantage of the $25 discount offer.  If you would like more information on refrigerated air conversion, just give a call to the guys in the yellow booties today.  We are your local heating and air conditioning repair experts.

 

P.S. A Whole House Energy Analysis will FINALLY uncover all those impossible drafts and help make your home more energy efficient AND comfortable!

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Use Your Warranty with the Help of an Appliance Repair Professional

Warranty and appliance repair, whats the deal?

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Before you decide to use your warranty to fix an appliance, make sure the problem is actually covered.

Buying an appliance and getting a great warranty often increases the value of your purchase. However, you still have to make use of the warranty, if you end up having a problem. When you have an issue with an appliance, you should get help from a local appliance repair professional to determine the right course of action for your machine and your family.

Determine the Severity of the Problem

It is possible for the problem to be such a minor issue that using the warranty would be counterproductive. In this case, you can just have the professional take care of the problem in a short period of time. However, getting a professional service technician opinion will give you confidence when you actually need to use your warranty.

Find Out if the Issue Is Covered

In some cases, the problem at hand might not be covered within the warranty. If you do not know the cause of the appliance issue, you must rely on an appliance repair professional to diagnose the problem.

Get the Help You Need

The most important part of the process is to get the help you need. Instead of trying to diagnose the problem and possibly make the wrong decision, a local appliance repair professional can help you make the right choice.

Handle Minor Repairs

When the appliance has a minor issue and you use your warranty, you could have to wait a long time to get the problem fixed. Unfortunately, this could leave you with a non-working or inefficient appliance for some time. An appliance repair professional can save you the trouble by doing the repair on their own.

Although a warranty is excellent to have, you should know when it is worth using.

Contact us, the guys in the yellow booties, if you have any questions or want to use our services.

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Central Air Conditioner Repair Crews Remain Excited About Potential System Advances

Air conditioner repair pros look to the future.

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Central AC-repair crews can install newly improved systems and keep them in excellent condition until more energy-efficient, inexpensive alternatives come around.

Can central air conditioning repair be improved? That’s a question industry experts from around the world have been grappling with as of late. For decades, college think tanks, including Central Florida University, have been coming up with theories and patenting potential improvements to America’s HVAC systems and air conditioner repair. However, many of those groups never put their proposed products to the test in real world environments. That’s currently changing thanks to United Kingdom’s own, Tekcapital®.

They’re working on a number of energy-saving projects, including those that involve central air conditioning units and a c service. So of course, our central AC repair crew is hoping the researchers will succeed in their improvement efforts. If they do, perhaps home and business owners will be able to enjoy central air conditioning systems that boast better than 14.8 EER or 17.3 SEER ratings. As it stands now, many systems are less efficient than that.

What can central AC repair crews do to help property owners until the theories are proven both true and feasible?  Firstly, they can continue staying on top of central air conditioning trends and help consumers find the most efficient models currently on the market. By the way, there are a number of notable, existing systems.

Second, they can install the newly improved systems and keep them in excellent condition until more energy-efficient, inexpensive alternatives come around like the ones research groups are presently working on. And the great news is at SoBellas, we do all of that. Plus, we offer consumers warranted systems that meet or exceed EPA guidelines. And all of them are guaranteed to leave consumers throughout New Mexico and Texas undeniably satisfied with their new central ACs.

To learn more and reach for that 17 SEER or 14+ EER rating today, please contact us at one of our various locations for local heating and cooling repair. We’re headquartered in all of the best cities, including El Paso, Las Cruces and San Antonio.

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Why Did the Government Secretly “Break” Your Home AC System?

Did the Government “Break” Your Home AC System?

I’m sorry to report the statement above is completely true and without exaggeration. Central air conditioning systems that were installed just a few short years ago may soon become totally UN-repairable – all thanks to Uncle Sam.

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You can never tell what the government is going to
come up with next. One recent law directly impacts
homeowners and their home comfort systems.

A recent government regulation makes your existing air conditioning equipment obsolete and un-fixable.

Why this is so: In January 2010, the U.S. Government banned the use of Freon R-22 refrigerant in new refrigerated air conditioning systems. R-22 has been used in almost EVERY Air Conditioner made for the last 40 years. Replacement refrigerant is INCOMPATIBLE and will not work with any systems using Freon R-22.

What this means to you. Air conditioning equipment manufacturers have stopped making replacement parts for many pre-2010 “orphaned” AC systems. Within a short time, it may become impossible to repair parts of “older” systems: condensers, air handlers, etc. We’ve ALREADY seen this happen. 

What you can do about this…

It’s probably time to consider a replacement before you’re “forced” to make a costly decision. This is a good idea IF: 1) your system was installed more than five years ago, 2) your system has been experiencing ongoing problems, or 3) you just don’t want to risk having un-repairable A/C equipment.

You probably know newer high efficiency systems use less energy than equipment built even a few years ago. (Annual savings in running one of these systems could – over its lifetime – make it absolutely FREE!)

The Silver Lining: THREE WAY SOBELLAS CAN HELP.  If you do choose to upgrade, take advantage of these very attractive savings opportunities available until the end of June:

  • 5% discount off ANY new central air conditioning system we install.
  • $100 trade-in credit. Through June, (whether your old system is working or not) on the purchase of a new energy efficient unit.
  • 10 years of LABOR Warranty. This is EXCLUSIVE to SoBellas Signature Series and covers ANYTHING that could possibly go wrong for a FULL 10 years.

This is how SoBellas is working to enable you to get all the benefits of the latest cooling technology … and avoid the risk of having an UN-repairable central air system.  Call us for all your refrigerated air conversions.

Schedule today because this special offer is only good until the end of June.

 P.S. Don’t get stuck mid-season with an AC system that’s UN-fixable. Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to start saving. Call the guys in the yellow booties for all your heating and cooling repair service needs.

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Attention: Seasonal Energy Alert… AC Service

Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?

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Your home comfort system worked hard to keep you cozy over the Winter. And with Summer just around the corner,you don’t want system wear and tear to cost a fortune in energy bills.

That’s not quite as far-fetched as it seems. See, your home comfort system worked very hard to keep you cozy all Winter. Now with Summer around the corner, you sure don’t want system wear and tear to create a black hole in your wallet. I think we all know how expensive space programs can be!  Get summer ready with quality home AC Service from SoBellas.

The good news? It’s totally preventable. 

It’s also crucial – for family, friends and visitors to your home – that your central air conditioning is operating comfortably and efficiently this Summer. And it only takes one step to make sure you get comfort and manageable energy costs. In fact…

That’s why I’m writing to you today.

Through June, SoBellas is offering a huge discount on pre-season tune-up service.  You can get a full $15 off our normal charge for this comprehensive service. (We ONLY make this special offer once a year… now.)

Here’s SOME of what’s covered in SoBellas’s comprehensive AC service:

  • Inspect, clean and adjust: blower motors, belts and thermostats.
  • Test airflow and check and refrigerant.
  • Lubricate motors and clean out all drains.
  • Make sure the entire system is working properly and is tuned to manufacturer specifications.

PLUS, if any repairs ARE needed: we’ll give you the same discount off parts AND labor. We’ll also guarantee ALL repair work for a FULL YEAR! (This gives you peace of mind for the entire season.)

Fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 to lock in your savings: make your appointment soon from your local heating and cooling repair company, so you’ll get the date and time that’s most convenient. AND, of course, to lock in your savings on this once a year pre-season AC service sale.  (This offer expires the end of June.)

 

P.S.  Why risk out-of-this-world energy bills this Summer? Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas.com or give us a call at 800-617-6235 for local ac repair before June ends or the discount vanishes into this air.