Record Global Temperatures and Furnace Maintenance

Climatologists at NASA have determined that 2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.  Thanks to an exceptionally powerful El Niño effect this year, we’ve seen six consecutive record-breaking months, some of which exceeded previous records by a full degree.

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While it might not have been the hottest year for our local Lewisville, Lantana, Corinth and Denton areas, we certainly have felt the impact of nearly no winter or discernible autumn weather patterns this year, meaning your air conditioner has been working overtime and you may be tempted to delay turning your furnace on for as long as possible to save energy costs.  While that’s understandable, the longer you wait to test your system, the less time you’ll have for maintenance and heating repairs.

With the recent demise of the El Niño that has driven these spiking temperatures, NOW is the time to prepare your furnace for the coming winter months.  The capricious North Texas weather may find you switching between heating and cooling over the coming weeks, so preventive maintenance is especially important to help prolong the anticipated lifespan of your air conditioning and heating system and keep you happily enjoying a home climate you can control and rely on.

Call our office to schedule and we will gladly have our technicians help you get started on our Comfort Club comprehensive annual preventive maintenance program or opt for a one-time furnace inspection with our November promotion.  As always, you can turn to us for any of your HVAC maintenance and repair needs in the Argyle, Flower Mound, Lewisville and surrounding cities.

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Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

With the temperatures fluctuating in the 80s and 90s in the Lewisville, Lantana and Flower Mound areas lately, it probably feels strange to think about your home heating system right now.  But take a look at your calendar: Fall is here, and the famously temperamental Texas weather is sure to deliver cooler temperatures when we least expect it.  Although you may not turn on your heater until November, now is the ideal time to prepare it for the heavy lifting ahead.

Why Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

  • Convenience – Because you do have the luxury of a bit more time, you can plan your appointments ahead of time to better meet your schedule.  Waiting until you need your heating system and finding out there’s an issue at the last minute is decidedly inconvenient, and puts you at risk of going longer without heat.  Take advantage of the time you have and schedule your maintenance today.
  • Preparedness – Fall weather is often unpredictable. You never know when the first chilly, rainy day may blow through. It’s prudent to have a heater that’s in prime condition and operating reliably long before the official start of winter.
  • Prevention – Maintenance on your system before you need to fire it up for the first cold day will identify any repairs that need to be completed well in advance.  If anything does come up that requires scheduling a separate furnace repair, you’ll have the benefit of being able to plan ahead.

To take some of the guesswork out of maintaining your heating and air conditioning system, we suggest signing up for the Southern Comfort Mechanical Comfort Club, which includes two seasonal preventive maintenance appointments and notification when your system is due for servicing.  In addition, the program provides other benefits.  To learn more, please visit our Maintenance Program page.  We pride ourselves on being the best heating and air conditioning company servicing Lantana, Lewisville, Flower Mound and the surrounding areas and look forward to helping you maintain your furnace properly so that you get the most out of your investment.

Western Days 2016

Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Lewisville Western Days Festival for the third year straight! This two day festival, September 23 & 24, will take place in Old Town Lewisville. With three live music stages featuring national and regional live music, The Legends of Texas Gun Fighters, Kids Kountry, as well as the 12th annual World Tamale Eating Championship and the revered Longhorn Cattle Drive Parade, there is fun and activities for all ages!

Come visit us in our “Cool Zone” which will be cooled by working Trane systems. We’ll have balloons for the kiddos, our Dog Cooling Station for your pups, as well as a fun, free photobooth to help commemorate the day. Find us in the heart of the award-winning Wayne Ferguson Plaza near the Craft Beer Pavilion and Plaza Stage.

Speaking of stages, are you ready to sit in the “Coolest Seat in the House?” That’s right, you could win two (2) tickets to be on stage while the headlining act is performing – pretty cool, right? Winners also receive passes to the hospitality suite and bragging rights to a truly unique experience. We will be giving away two (2) pairs of tickets for each headlining act. This year, Friday’s headliner is the Eli Young Band playing at 10pm and Saturday’s headliner is the Old 97s, hitting the stage at 10 pm.  Enter to win today – and like Southern Comfort Mechanical on Facebook for an extra entry in the contest!

Be a part of the show! Fill in the form below to enter the "Coolest Seat in the House" contest!

Be a part of the show! Fill in the form below to enter the “Coolest Seat in the House” contest!

 

 

CONTEST ENDED 09/24/16 – THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

 

Lewisville Western Days Festival

Friday, Sept. 23
5 – 11:30 p.m.
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 Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for free download here.
Tickets for admission are free each day until 7pm, after which it’s $10admission fee for everyone except children 10 and under.

Proper Care for your HVAC System as it Ages

In many of the communities we serve, the average age of homes exceeds ten years. While new construction continues in many areas such as Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound and Highland Village, several homes in those areas are now at the point where they no longer are under a new home warranty, so maintenance becomes more and more about prevention and efficiency. This is particularly true for your HVAC system. Here are some tips and pointers for caring for your system as that time approaches for your home:

Perform basic maintenance. Periodically check and change your filters and dust your vents and registers. Keep your intakes clear of furniture or other blockages. Clear grass, leaves and debris away from exterior condensers and rinse the condensing unit with water from your garden hose as part of routine preventative maintenance.

Service your system professionally. Commit to having your air conditioning systems professionally serviced prior to the seasons that are most taxing to your A/C and heating equipment – summer and winter. Biannual service, whether as part of our Comfort Club membership or your regular home preventative maintenance plan, helps ensure that the HVAC components that keep your system operating at peak performance are properly tested, cared for and monitored for wear and tear.

Review your electrical consumption from year to year. If you check your gas and electrical bills and find your usage steadily increasing over a period of years, it is a good indicator that your that your A/C system is having to work harder to meet the demand placed on its components. This increase in energy consumption is a sign that the overall A/C system is aging and that standard maintenance may no longer be enough to keep your A/C system performing.

Make timely repairs. Short-cycling, uneven cooling, loud operation, unusual noises, etc., are all indicators that your A/C system is in need of repair. Delaying repair only prolongs the potential for additional damage to the compressor which will only shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system.

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Consider replacement. An air conditioning system in regular need of repair or rebalance will eventually become more cost prohibitive than installing a new system. Cost considerations include the rapidly rising costs of R-22* refrigerant used in older units, parts and labor, time, energy consumption, and a sacrifice in comfort and indoor air quality, just to name a few. Air conditioners have a manufacturers estimated lifespan; if your unit has reached that age or is showing signs of failure or inefficiency, it is time to have your A/C system evaluated for recommended repair or component replacement. Current models that make use of improved refrigerants and utilize the latest technology will deliver more efficiency and will be backed by a warranty that better protects your investment.

As always, we hope you will choose Southern Comfort Mechanical as your Lewisville area partner in the care of your HVAC system. We are here to keep your system functional and healthy for the full extent of its lifespan. Please contact us today if you are in need of preventive maintenance, repair or replacement or if you have questions about how to get the most efficiency out of your unit.

*A note on R-22: Many systems manufactured before 2010 still use a coolant known as R-22. The EPA began phasing out this refrigerant at that time and continues to step down the amount available for sale each year. This decrease in supply will mean that the cost of R-22 that is used in these older units continues to steadily rise in price. In the next three years, the supply available will fall to only .5% of what was available in 2010. That scarcity will make the cost of maintaining older units incredibly pricey.

Earth Day 2016

More than a billion people worldwide will participate in observance of Earth Day today, April 22. In our little pocket of the world, as A/C and Heating Specialists in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Lantana, Argyle and all our surrounding communities, Southern Comfort Mechanical is doing our part to promote environmental awareness not just with indoor air quality in the homes and businesses that we service, but in all of our business practices day in and day out.

In addition to the general paper, plastic and glass recycling services we engage for our office, we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste and preserve resources at our shop wherever possible.

We remove refrigerants from all HVAC units we replace and recycle those through a reputable vendor to ensure those chemicals are not released into the environment. With our responsible Refrigerant Management Protocol, you can rest assured that any equipment you replace is handled according to EPA standards.

Southern Comfort Mechanical also scraps metal from all machinery that cannot be repaired so that raw materials find new life over and over again.

And we break down and recycle the cardboard packaging for the equipment that we install in area homes and businesses. There is an enormous amount of resources used to package and protect the products we bring to you, and recycling that packaging keeps it out of our landfills.

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Almost 1,000 Pounds of Packaging

In addition, all our pallets are sent to a reuse and refurbishing center so that they get a maximum lifetime of use.

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Pallets by the Pile!

As you’d expect from your preferred A/C repair specialists, we also look to maximize efficiency through state-of-the-art customizable and programmable heating and air-conditioning systems.

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Smart thermostats remind us when maintenance is due.

By choosing Southern Comfort Mechanical, you’re choosing a local A/C specialist that cares about the environment you live in, inside and out. Happy Earth Day!

“Comfort is our middle name.”

Hometown A/C and Heating Company

 

We are honored to be able to say that the City of Lewisville has chosen us to be their exclusive HVAC Company. We have been suggested by our fellow business owners as a staple piece of the community and were described as the “Hometown A/C Company” and for that we are flattered. We are so glad to serve our city as well as our extended cities such as Lantana and Flower Mound. To commemorate this, we were given the opportunity to showcase our team and values through this video found on their City of Lewisville website page.

 

We hope you enjoy it, share it, and even have a little laugh. And if that doesn’t give you a good laugh, we’re sure our bloopers reel will (we’re definitely not professional actors!). With this, we’d like to thank all of our heating and air conditioning clients for their continued support throughout the years, especially the last two years in which we’ve won the Best of Denton County awards. We hope to keep your support as nominations and voting are coming up. Again, thank you to all of our supporters and customers. You are the reason we do what we do! Enjoy!

What is Preventative Maintenance and Why do I Need It?

 

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We know that as a homeowner in the Flower Mound, Corinth, Lantana, or Lake Dallas area, you’ve invested a great deal in your HVAC system. Even if you’re not homeowner, there’s probably been some time or another when your air conditioning system has failed you. In the Texas heat, this is no joke and it’s definitely no fun. So what’s the vital key to keeping your home’s heating and air conditioning system healthy? It’s simple, really. Regular preventative maintenance. But what does preventative maintenance actually entail?

When you schedule a maintenance call, we’ll send one of our licensed and certified HVAC technicians to your home to do an overall comprehensive cleaning and analysis of your system which includes the air conditioner or heat pump, the furnace, the evaporator coil, etc. While they’re doing this, they’ll make sure that everything is operating and running properly while also making sure that nothing needs to be replaced or repaired. In most cases if something like an air filter needs to be replaced, this is the time to do it and your A/C service tech will take care of replacing items such as these.

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Another important part of a maintenance check-up is a safety check. Your technician will check your system to look for any safety concerns such as cracks in your heat exchanger or gas leaks. This is an extremely crucial checkpoint as carbon monoxide leaks could be severely harmful to you and your family and in some cases, even fatal. If you have a CO detector, the tech will also check that to make sure that it works accordingly and that there aren’t hazardous levels of gasses in your home.

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Once all that has been checked, your technician will clean any parts or components of your HVAC system that you can’t do on your own. If any air conditioning repairs need to be made, your technician will either complete them during this visit or schedule a time at your convenience to come and fix any issues found during the maintenance check.
If you have any questions at all about your HVAC system or anything related to it, don’t hesitate to ask your technician. They are trained to help you and answer any question you might have in great detail and with helpful suggestions. You can also always call our office at 972-420-1700 if you have any questions about your heating and cooling system.
At the end of your maintenance check-up, you will receive a report written up that will review and summarize what the visit entailed and what the technician did if any repairs or replacements were made at that time.

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Through our Comfort Club maintenance program, you can get regular inspections on your air conditioning and heating units. And At Southern Comfort Mechanical, if you’re a Comfort Club member, we’ll always remind you of your bi-annual check-ups–one in the spring (before it gets too hot) and one in the fall (before it gets too cold). We save our customers money in the long run by doing maintenance work on your units and keeping your systems working efficiently. When you use our service plan, you also get discounted prices if you should require an air conditioning or heating repair anytime throughout the year. If you’re not a Comfort Club member, please call us before you get stuck in the heat this summer! Use this coupon if you’re a first time customer with us to receive $16 off of your precision tune up!

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Valentines Day and Early Spring Prediction

We all wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and a happy Groundhog Day from your friends at Southern Comfort Mechanical. Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicts an early spring this year, so get your warm clothes out and keep your eyes open for spring cleaning tips from us.

Here’s what you’ve missed in the last few months! We’ve been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row as well as the Best of Denton County’s Heating and Air Service Company for the second year in a row. Thank you to all of our amazing customers for your continuous support and fantastic reviews!ALBODC_Winner2015 (2)

 

In other news, our lovely co-owner, Laurie, made an appearance at SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s special homecoming after the tight knit community of Lantana came together to help him after he suffered life-threatening injuries to both of his legs from an IED blast during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

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“The event was a lovely showmanship of all active sponsors, law enforcement and neighbors.  I walked away loving the community of Lantana even more than before!” said Laurie.  He received a Bronze star, Purple Heart and a Combat Action Medal for his service to our country. Being a part of the community is essential to Southern Comfort Mechanical’s core values and being a part of this ceremony was truly touching. The full article on SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s story can be read here on Lantana Living’s website.

That being said, we’d like to wrap up by offering you a quick tip. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running well all year long. That means, changing your filters, having your wires inspected, and cleaning out your condenser coils to name a few preventative measures. This month, take advantage of our 13 point checkout precision tune up! See the coupon below and use the discounted price while it still lasts!

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Last but not least, here is the link to our Valentines Day contest. Simply like the photo linked on our Facebook page and you will be entered to win $100 to go towards a lovely dinner for two <3 Encourage your friends and family to like our Facebook page to get in on this fun contest!

 

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A customer called recently and asked if we cleaned dryer vents, which we do! Her dryer was intermittently shutting off. We collected almost 2 pounds of lint buildup from a dryer vent. So if your dryer isn’t running efficiently, it could be a lint issue in your vent! Call us today to get yours cleared.

Christmas: Giving Back

Southern Comfort Mechanical was proud to partner with Mission Moms: Operation Christmas Kindness again this year. Mission Moms strives to teach children about the importance of giving back. The Moms and their children collected the gifts at local gift drops and then were able to wrap the gifts to distribute to the families in need. This year they had a goal to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 local families, which they were able to accomplish.

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Southern Comfort Mechanical was also able to partner with Classic of Denton. The monetary donation went towards a goal of adopting 200 families through Spirit Horse Therapy, Hope of Denton, Denton Independent School District and Serve Denton.

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We would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s.

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