Environment Masters, Inc. Blog: Archive for April, 2019

Here’s How We Can Improve Your Business’ Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Like we’ve said before, you owe it to your customers and your employees to provide a comfortable and efficient work environment. Unfortunately, the temperature is only half of the equation when it comes to comfort, and more often than not, we find that commercial spaces lack the indoor air quality systems and services that they need to keep the air occupants breathe clean and clear of contaminants. Additionally, we have found that far too many commercial spaces are suffering from air that is either too humid or too dry.

So, what can be done? If you have poor indoor air quality in your commercial space, you need to contact your local commercial HVAC contractor who can match you with the indoor air quality systems and services that will best meet your commercial space’s unique needs. Below, we have listed just some of the ways we can improve your commercial indoor air quality. Keep reading to find out more! 

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Have You Considered Installing a Sump Pump?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Every homeowner dreads the idea of their home becoming submerged under water. Of course, the likelihood of your home transforming into a submarine isn’t that great. However, any amount of flooding is enough to cause serious water damage. Naturally, some areas of your home are more vulnerable than others: basements, crawlspaces, and any other area that’s below ground level are more susceptible to rain-induced flooding.

Installing a sump pump in your home is one of the best ways to protect it against water damage due to flooding. By installing this type of system in your plumbing in Brandon, MS, you won’t have to worry so much about rising water levels, and instead have the peace of mind knowing that your valuable belongings are safe. In case you are not yet convinced, we have listed just some of the many benefits of installing a sump pump below. Keep reading to find out more.

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Freon R22 Phase Out. The end game is here.

Monday, April 15th, 2019

 

In 1987 the Montreal Protocol, a global agreement to protect the Earth’s ozone layer, began the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).  Freon R22, an HCFC, was the most popular refrigerant used in commercial air conditioners.  Because of its heavy use, lack of substitutes, and the fact that HCFCs such as R22 are less damaging to the Ozone than CFCs, R22 was given much more time to be retired.

Freon R22 phase out time line:

1998- The EPA restricts the amount of R22 that can be produced in a given year.

2010 –The manufacturing of products that require R22 is made illegal.

2013 – The EPA dramatically accelerates the phase out of R22 from 2030 to 2020.

2015 –The production limit is reduced by 57%. Refrigeration prices skyrocket.

2019 – Production is cut another 55 %, to only 4 million pounds.

2020 – The production of R22 will be illegal.

R22 from recycled sources and old stockpiles can still be used for repair of existing systems, however there is no guarantee on how long these reserves will last. Owners of R22 air conditioners (systems that are 10 or more years old) are faced with three choices.

  1. Just wait until your system breaks.
  2. Replace the R22 Freon with a newer blend of refrigerant.
  3. Replace your system proactively.

While option 1 is viable and legal, the dwindling supplies of R22 will cause repair prices to rise and will likely take much longer to complete.

In some instances retrofitting your system with a new refrigerant blend is possible, however this can cause your AC to operate at a lower capacity and less efficiently. But first, a professional will have to determine if this is even possible. If it is possible, ALL existing R22 must be drained before a new blend can be installed.  AT NO TIME IS IT OK TO DROP IN A DIFFERENT FREON WITHOUT REMOVING ALL OF THE EXISTING R22.

The last option, is what most businesses are trying to put off,  The system replacement. This seems like the scariest, and more importantly, the most expensive option. But this is actually the best course of action. With the current 179 tax breaks, business owners can save large amounts of money by switching now. Also a business owner will be able to plan for his or her system to be changed at a convenient time, rather than worry whether or not the current system will fail at the busiest – or worse, the hottest—time of the year.

With the end of R22 coming in less than a year, it is important for business owners to begin planning now for the future.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”- Chinese proverb

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Your AC Might Need These Repairs This Spring

Monday, April 8th, 2019

AC-repairSpring is officially here, which means that now is the perfect time to prep for summer! Enjoying the perfect summer means stocking up on sunscreen, digging out your change for the ice cream truck, and ensuring that your air conditioner is in good working condition. Of course, taking care of any AC repairs doesn’t quite sound as fun as going bathing suit shopping, but it is important nonetheless. You want to be sure that when you turn on your AC for the first time this year that it is ready to keep you cool and comfortable.

There are a number of issues that your AC may experience at the start of the summer season. It is important that you schedule your air conditioning repair in Madison, MS as soon as you are aware of a problem to avoid making matters worse. Below, we have listed some of the most common springtime AC repair needs. Keep reading to find out more! 

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Signs That It’s Time for a New Commercial AC

Monday, April 8th, 2019

As a business owner, one of your responsibilities is making sure that your employees, customers, and any others who visit your commercial space are comfortable. During the summer, this means ensuring that you own a good working commercial air conditioning system. For some, this means replacing your old, outdated system with a new, high-efficiency model.

Commercial air conditioning replacement in Jackson, MS might just be the best way to improve comfort and efficiency inside your workspace. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the signs that it is time for a replacement. So below, we have outlined a few of these signs for you. Keep reading to find out more. 

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