Guard Your Family Against Potential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your Heating System

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 400 Americans are killed and 20,000 more sent to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. Furnace leaks are one of the most common sources of carbon monoxide fatalities. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of burning fuel to heat your home. Even a small furnace leak can expose you and your family to a fatal amount of carbon monoxide. We’ve already had a few cold fronts in Texas this year, and the heart of winter is almost upon us. Having your heating system inspected before you need it is the best way to ensure that your family will be safe from carbon monoxide. Call Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating today at to schedule your Complete Home Heating Inspection with Furnace Safety Checkup. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning If you’re suffering from the following symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention right away as they can be signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: Headaches Dizziness Weakness Nausea Chest Pain Confusion Exposure to carbon monoxide often causes the victim to lose consciousness. Continued exposure after losing consciousness often results in death. Keeping Your Home Carbon Monoxide Free The risks...

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Catch Wasps in Your Flue Pipe Before It Leads to Furnace Issues

We’re well into October now and finally getting a break from hot weather. The nights and mornings have even been cool enough for some of us to switch from air conditioning to heat to keep the chill out of our homes. If you haven’t scheduled a furnace inspection yet this fall, there are a number of issues to be on the lookout for that can arise over the year while your heater isn’t being used. One of the most common problems the heating pros at Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating see is wasp nests in the induced draft motor of your furnace. When you haven’t used your furnace for a while, wasps can fly down the flue pipe and build nests. Once the weather turns cool and you turn on your heater, the nest will end up in the induced draft motor. This is an important component of your furnace system — its the fan that pulls exhaust fumes and heat from the heat exchanger, then forces it out the flue pipe. If your unit has a plastic blower wheel, the wasps nest can sometimes cause damage and prevent your furnace from working properly. During Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating’s...

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What To Do If Your AC Was Damaged By Hurricane Harvey

Many of us in the Greater Houston area have been affected by the overwhelming floods of Hurricane Harvey. For those whose homes suffered damage from the storm, the next few weeks will bring many questions about what to do to recover from this tragedy. At Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating, we know one of those questions will be what to do if your air conditioning system was damaged in the flood. Assessing what damage your HVAC system sustained is a job that is best performed by an experienced technician, and the pros at Seasons are here to help. We can determine if any damage was caused by the storm and whether your air conditioner can be repaired or if the damage was so extensive that it needs to be replaced. Here are a few tips to help get you started. Turn of the electricity The first thing you should do after a flood, and before assessing damage to your AC unit, is to turn off the electricity to the system. This is both to prevent harm to yourself as well as to prevent further damage to your air conditioner. Turning off the electricity is as simple as switching off the...

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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need For My Home?

The size of your home’s air conditioning unit should be carefully considered. If the installed unit is inappropriately small, you’ll find it unable to completely cool your home, particularly when it’s set at lower temperatures in hot climates. The unit will run continuously, resulting in costly electric bills and wasted energy. Problems with Choosing An Oversized Unit The natural assumption is that purchasing the largest HVAC unit one can afford will provide the greatest benefit, but in the case of air conditioning systems, bigger is not necessarily better. In reality, installing an excessively sized unit can be almost as bad as installing one of insufficient size. If a unit is too powerful for an area, it will cool the area too quickly and cycle on and off far more frequently than an air conditioning unit should. In addition to paying higher initial costs for a unit that provides no added benefit, you’ll find your residence or commercial property may grow humid and clammy when running an oversized unit. Air conditioners do more than modulate temperature. They draw moisture from the air to prevent your home from being reminiscent of a wet, sticky, post-rainfall morning. When a unit is too big...

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The Importance Of Attic Insulation In Southeast Texas

No matter what time of year it is, you want your HVAC system to keep your home at the temperature you desire as efficiently as possible. However, if your home’s attic insulation isn’t done right, you’re not likely to ever achieve that goal. Insulation acts as a buffer between your home and the temperature outside. This material resists the flow of heat, blocking heat from coming into your home during the summer and keeping heat in during the winter. Having the right amount of insulation can keep you more comfortable in your home during all seasons, as well as saving you money on the electric bill when your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard to keep up with your heating and cooling needs. How Much Insulation Do I Need? Home insulation levels are measured in what’s known as “R-value.” This value is derived from the amount of insulation, the type of material, its thickness and density. Higher R-values mean a better-insulated home. The minimum R-value recommended for any home will vary depending on several factors, including: Where you live How large your home is The construction of your home If your home’s insulation doesn’t meet the minimum recommended...

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Alzheimer’s May Be Linked To Magnetite From Air Pollution

As an authorized dealer of IQAir, Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating offers the best indoor air quality solutions available in the Houston area. When most of us think of indoor air quality, we relate it to respiratory issues, such as allergies and asthma. However, exposure to harmful particles in the air has many other far reaching consequences. New research from Lancaster University (U.K.) has found a possible connection between the inhalation of magnetite, a highly magnetic form of iron known to be present in air pollution, and Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found these toxic particles in the brains of residents in heavily polluted regions of Mexico and the United Kingdom. Other studies have linked magnetite particles to Alzheimer’s. While magnetite can be a naturally occurring particle found in the human brain, but the size and shape of the particles found in the Lancaster University research suggest that they come from inhalation of magnetite in air pollution, such as roadside particulate matter. In homing pigeons, migratory salmon and bats, magnetite has been found to play a role in their directional orientation. In humans, it causes oxidative stress and disrupts cellular function...

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Why Can’t I Get The Humidity Down In My Home?

In the Houston area, summers are well-known for two things: extreme heat and extreme humidity. Many of us know that our air conditioners work like a dehumidifier, not just removing the heat but also reducing the humidity level in our homes. But what if your AC is running and you still can’t get the humidity down in your home? Even if the AC is pumping cool air, if the humidity is still high, then you’re likely to still experience discomfort in your home. There are several reasons why these high levels of humidity might be occurring. The best thing you can do to correct these problems is to contact Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating to have a thorough assessment done on your HVAC system to find the cause of the humidity and let us help you find the best solution to make your home comfortable again. Common Causes of High Humidity in the Home Here are some of the most common causes of high humidity even when your air conditioner is running: Leaky Air Ducts: Ductwork distributes air throughout your home, carrying cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. If there are leaks in the ductwork,...

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Why Is My Light Bill So High?

As we head into summer, nearly every Texan is anxiously dreading the quick and drastic rise in their electric bill. When the heat heads into the 90s and above, your air conditioner will be working overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Most of us think that means outrageous energy bills are unavoidable — and to some extent, a higher electric bill in the summer is inevitable. But should your electric bill be THAT high? The answer is probably “no.” The are several ways that you can significantly reduce your energy usage in the summer and save money on electricity. Sometimes, that means spending a little money now to save money in the coming years. The pros at Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating can help. Common Reasons Why Your AC is Causing Higher Electric Bills Most of us think the answer to this question is “because it’s really hot and your air conditioner is running all day.” That’s a little too simple, though. In most cases, there are many factors that are making your AC work harder than it needs to, resulting in electric bills that are higher than they should be. Some contributing factors in an overly...

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When Is The Best Time To Get Your Air Conditioning Serviced?

Spring in Atascocita, Texas, can be a fickle friend, with weather ranging from cold and rainy to mild and overcast to hot and sunny. When the weather is nice, your air conditioner may not be showing signs of any issues — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Waiting until the temperatures are in the 90s to discover an AC problem can leave you wishing you’d had your air conditioning serviced when the weather was still bearable. We recommend scheduling an AC tune-up with the air conditioning service pros at Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating before the Texas heat has a chance to push your HVAC system to its limits. How often do you really need to have your air conditioner serviced, though? And when is the best time? When To Schedule An AC Tune-up At Seasons, we offer annual maintenance contracts that provide for 2 inspections of your system every year. These 21-point inspections of your HVAC system are designed to optimize your system’s performance and catch any potential problems so they can be fixed before you’re left miserable in your home. Early spring is the perfect time to schedule an inspection to ensure that your system is in...

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Why Is My House So Dusty?

Dusting is one of the least favorite chores of many people. It can be especially frustrating when you spend an afternoon ridding your house of dust only to have every surface finely coated in it again just a few days later. Why is your house so dusty? Why does the dust come back so fast? How can you slow down the dust bunnies? The answer to all 3 questions can be as easy as a call to Conroe air conditioning service company Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating Co. What Is Dust And Where Does It Come From? Dust is made up of tiny particles from many sources, from dead skin that people and pets shed normally to carpet fibers and dirt tracked in on the bottom of your shoes. While people and pets are to blame for much of the dust in your home, they’re not likely to blame for why dust accumulates so quickly after a good cleaning. When this occurs, your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system may be the culprit. Dust Issues And Your Ductwork In the average home, about 20% of air moving through the air duct system is lost because of leaks and gaps...

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