Indoor Air Quality Filtration

Indoor Air Quality – What Kind Of Filtration Do You Really Have? Why Does It Matter?

Pollutants enter the home through cooking, cleaning, smoking, pets, and just general moving around in your home. All of this could contribute to respiratory infections, allergies, and possible rodents. Improve the indoor air quality for better health in your home.

The humidity collected from the summer heat including the recent heavy rains could be leaving residue on your heating and cooling system. If any of your air ducts became wet or moldy they should be replaced immediately.

Do you see debris or particles coming in from your air vents? Have you had recent updates or renovations to your home? Air ducts just get dirty. The elderly, family members with asthma, and children are the most susceptible to reactions from poor indoor air quality. Air conditioner units take in air and breathe air out of the home. Dander, dust, and chemicals are circulated 5-7 times daily and could cause a build-up of contaminants in your duct work. Over time the inferior air quality could be contributed to infections of family members.

Why Is It Important To Change The Air Filter?

  • Keep Energy Costs Down: If your air filter is clogged it forces your air conditioning and heating system to work harder than necessary, thereby using more energy and then the dreaded high utility bill! You see, as the filter catches the dirt, it accumulates on the filter and air can’t pass through. Your heating and cooling system has to work even harder to heat or cool your home. Replacing your filters is a super easy way to try and keep your energy cost down.
  • Extend The Life Of Your Unit: Even the best unit will at some point break down and need to be repaired or replaced. If you keep the filters changed the unit won’t have to work as hard, thereby extending its life.
  • Healthy Indoor Air: Texas seems to be the capital of allergies. You name it and it can cause allergic systems and reactions! Keep those filters changed out regularly for the best indoor air quality.

Air Filters

It is recommended that your change your filters every month. Especially if you have the standard 1” pleated filters.

What Filter Should You Use?

We recommend any MERV filter. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. These numbers range from 1 to 16. The higher the number the better filtration the filter will provide.

Do You Suffer From Allergies?

We understand! Living in Texas, allergies are some of the hardest things to deal with effectively. Especially here Conroe, Texas and the surrounding areas. That’s why we start with your home. Different types of filtration can help reduce common allergy triggers like pollen, dander and dust.

We like the RGF Reme Halo in-duct air purifier. It’s considered one of the next best things in indoor air quality (IAQ). It was designed to combat the sick building syndrome that you hear so much about. It also helps reduce common allergy triggers like pollen, dander and dust. It’s been tested on airborne and surface bacteria and virus like MRSA, e-coli and Norwalk.

From October 1 through November 30, we are offering an RGF REME Halo in-duct air purifier for only $795.00 installed.

Feel free to contact us. An EASCO HVAC Specialist can assist you in making the correct choice for filtration and indoor air quality!

Put your mind at ease and call the professionals at EASCO 1-866-EASCO-AC!

Kingwood Tx Recovery

High waters in Kingwood, Tx. from Harvey have forced many out of their homes.

Dehumidification plays a key role in the restoration process .

Harvey Relief

Our hearts go out to our neighbors that are suffering in the aftermath of Harvey.
Please use this coupon towards a replacement system. 
Proud Members of The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce

Harvey Relief Savings

Our hearts go out to our neighbors that are suffering in the aftermath of Harvey.
Please use this coupon towards a replacement system. 

After Harvey – What To Do If Your A/C System Is Exposed To Water

After Harvey, thousands are trying to get back to normal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We know this time is difficult so we’ve compiled information below to answer air conditioning and heating system questions that may arise if you had water in, close or above your air conditioning unit.

Turn Off the Electricity

Very first thing—turn off the electricity. This can be done by going to the breaker and turning it off. This is important not only for the life of the system, but for your safety as well.

Once, the power is off, allow the system to dry out as much as possible.

As you probably know, there are two parts to your system, indoor and outdoor. Make sure to turn the power off to both units.

Most Common Flood Damage Issues

The air conditioner’s compressor (located in the outside unit) can flood easily because it sits low to the ground. If the water level reaches its electrical connection, the water can short circuit the compressor. Once it is short circuited, it will need to be replaced. In addition, if either the outdoor or indoor unit has been in standing water for any length of time, it can cause the inner parts of your system to become deteriorated. All manufacturers recommend replacing any electrical component that has gotten wet.

It’s extremely important to have your air conditioning and heating system checked by a licensed HVAC professional—the unit may appear to be working but water can cause damage later.

Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor air conditioning unit is designed to be in the weather, but not to be submerged. Make sure and check the following:

  • Debris & Standing Water. Remove any debris from around your unit and standing water.

Here are a few things a licensed HVAC professional can/will check:

  • Electrical. All electrical wires and parts – check for corrosion and damage.
  • Condenser Fan Motor. Check the seal, if it’s broken there may be an issue.
  • Coils. Check for debris that can hamper operation.

Indoor Unit

Your indoor unit can have water damage as well, even more so than the outdoor unit. It’s incredible what a small amount of water can damage.

Remember! – Turn off the power to the unit.

Insurance Claims

Make sure that the insurance policy on your home covers flood damage. If not, find out about wind or debris coverage.

If you have coverage, start the process as soon as possible.

  1. Contact your insurance company asap.
  2. Check their website for the specific items they require.
  3. Call in the claim.
  4. Take pictures.

HVAC Contractors – Be Cautious

A lot of unsavory people may try to take advantage, especially as our city recovers in the aftermath of Harvey. Make sure and work only with licensed and insured HVAC contractors – this is for your protection.

Our hearts go out to our neighbors that are suffering in the aftermath of Harvey.
Please use this coupon towards a replacement system. 

If you live in Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery or the surrounding areas and you’ve suffered flood damage to your AC unit, we are here to assist you.  Most importantly we are here to answer your questions.

You can reach us at:

Spring: 281-367-2653

The Woodlands: 281-367-2653

Conroe: 936-539-2653

R-22 and R410A?

What Is The Difference Between R-22 and R410A? 

Since 2012, the HVAC industry is required to switch from using the commonly used R-22 refrigerant that has been deemed bad for the environment by the EPA. This change is per the Federal Clean Air Act. The recommended replacement refrigerant is R-410A, which has been deemed a safe refrigerant.

Now, there are a lot of units in circulation with the old refrigerant. The price of refrigerant has steadily increased over the years. This year we’ve seen the biggest price jumps yet, especially since R-22 will no longer be manufactured after 2020. Prices from our vendors are changing (increasing) daily. Some refer to it as liquid gold, no joke.    

What Should You Do Now? If you own a system using R-22 refrigerant it is not necessary to change over if it is functioning properly, but get regular maintenance every spring and fall. Don’t Wait. Trust me, a spring or fall check-up is less costly to do than an emergency repair.  

What Happens If Your System Develops A Leak? Changing over the system from R-22 to R-410A is not an easy task. What most people don’t know is the refrigerants are not compatible. You can’t just add in the new recommended refrigerant, R-410A. The switch must be done by professionals because not only does the refrigerant need to be changed, but parts and equipment must be changed as well.  

Should you change your system? If your system is over 10 years old there are benefits to switching to a new system that utilizes R-410A:  

  • The confidence that you are now utilizing an environmentally safe system.
  • There may be rebates and a deduction on your federal tax return.
  • And my favorite–Reduced Electric Bill. How?  When the system is installed correctly — by a well-trained, qualified service company like.. Easco (Really, I couldn’t help the shameful plug J).  Seriously though, R-410A runs at a higher pressure, converting temperatures more efficiently, thereby reducing your energy costs and lowering your electricity bills.

So if any of these options are viable for you or if you have any questions, put your mind at ease and call EASCO… The Woodlands…281-367-2653..Conroe 936-539-2653 or Huntsville/Willis…936-295-3333.

Our HVAC technicians are certified to work with and handle both R-22 and R-410A. We offer annual maintenance agreements and tune-ups, as well as provide superior repair service.   

 

We are licensed and regulated by The Texas Department Of Licensing & Regulation. TACL A965C & TECL26399

Improving The Air Inside Your Home

Improving The Air Inside Your Home

As we move toward Spring and the warmer months, we want to improve and regulate our comfort by turning on the air conditioner. But before you do that, some preventative measures goes a long way, with the long, hot summer months ahead. With an a/c system check the distribution and duct systems should be checked as well. Indoor air quality is essential for your home. Many respiratory conditions and diseases are spread through poorly maintained a/c systems. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that cleaning your air ducts professionally every year will reduce health problems, especially if there is visible mold or dust buildup.

How do these conditions occur? It starts with the proper or improper filtration of your central a/c system. With a visit to any hardware or big-box store, one doesn’t have to look far to see the numerous choices of air filters available. It is important to have clean and efficient equipment. But a filter with excessive pressure drop can actually harm the system. You may already be compromising air design if your system is noisy, or you have experienced leaks in your evaporator coil. When the installation of a clean filter changes the velocity noise levels there is a problem. An a/c professional can aid in helping you select the best filtration for your system.

Protect yourself from air contaminants and save energy!

  • Ventilate: Open your windows as much as possible to allow the fresh air to reduce contaminants.
  • Filtration: Change your unit’s air filters every month if using 1” throwaway filters.
  • Purification: Consider purifying equipment if indoor air quality cannot be maintained by filtration and ventilation.
  • Equipment: Consider investing in a new ac unit every 10-15 years to maximize efficiency. R-22 refrigerant is on its way out per Federal Clean Air Act.
  • Thermostat: turn the unit up when no one is home. Consider Wi-Fi controls with geofencing for automatic control.
  • Ventilate: Use your exhaust fan when cooking and showering to remove excessive humidity

Remember, it’s not the heat, but the humidity that leads to mold growth. High indoor humidity can lead to health and discomfort problems. Let Easco Air Conditioning and Heating be your solution to comfort!

Call us to inspect or clean your ducts, perform an a/c service check or do a 10-point electrical safety inspection to make sure all your electrical wiring is safe while we check your air conditioning and heating systems. It’s all about maintaining a comfort level of climate control that is healthy for you and your loved ones.

Put your mind at ease…Call EASCO!