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The Nose Knows – Dirty Sock Syndrome

 

Earlier this month, a school in Arlington with a number of indoor air quality issues received back an environmental analysis that had a peculiar-sounding HVAC ailment you may not have heard about before now – Dirty Sock Syndrome.  It may sound like a very made up name, but it’s actually a very real and common problem.  In the last few weeks alone, Southern Comfort Mechanical’s staff has fielded calls for HVAC service in Corinth, The Colony, Lantana, Flower Mound, Coppell, Lewisville and more, all reporting an unusual odor emanating from their heating and air conditioning systems.  They used colorful language to describe the smell – it’s like a “locker room,” or “dirty gym clothes,” or “stinky feet” – so it’s no wonder where Dirty Sock Syndrome got its name.

The district said it has already removed allergenic mold that was on the coils of heating and cooling units… http://bit.ly/2kPyxDy

Posted by FOX 4 News on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

But, just what is Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Dirty Sock Syndrome is caused by a buildup of mold and bacteria within your unit.  The indoor evaporator coils and heat pump of your Corinth air conditioning system are a perfect environment for bacteria and fungi, especially as you quickly transition from warm to cold and back frequently.  In the so-called “shoulder seasons” of the year, when the daytime and nighttime temperatures fluctuate significantly, your system is doing exactly that.  As your unit cycles out of cooling in the afternoons, the coils begin to defrost, the ice evaporates and the warmer, moister dark and dusty environment inside your unit allows these microbes to flourish.  Eventually this breeding ground produces enough waste product and decay that it becomes noticeable to the human nose as the warm air of the system pushes the odor out into your home.

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome a health hazard?  Generally, no.  While mold and mildew and bacteria are all pretty scary words on their own, typically, unless you or someone in your family is immuno-compromised or incredibly sensitive to mold and allergens, Dirty Sock Syndrome is unlikely to cause any ill effects unless left untreated.  Delaying treatment will only increase the number of bacteria and mold spores that contribute to the smell and further deteriorate the indoor air quality produced by your Highland Village air conditioner system.

How can I prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome?  Like most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for Dirty Sock Syndrome.   Mildew, bacteria and mold need dust and other debris to truly thrive, so preventing foreign particles from entering your system is of primary importance.  Choose a high-quality air conditioning filter that can stop Dirty Sock Syndrome before it starts.  Change filters regularly for both your family’s health and the health of your air conditioning system.   Periodically cleaning your evaporator coils with a non-acidic solution is also recommended as part of your routine heating and air conditioning maintenance.  Having your Lantana AC system regularly serviced, such as with Southern Comfort Mechanical’s Comfort Club Service Plan, is a further measure that helps ensure your heating and air conditioning system’s overall health.

How to get rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome?  If your Flower Mound air conditioning system is emitting a certain gym locker smell, you may already have Dirty Sock Syndrome.  If you have performed preventive maintenance and changed your filters as scheduled, and you still have a pervasive odor, it’s time to call Southern Comfort Mechanical and request a professional coil cleaning for your affected Corinth AC system.  Our skilled technicians can help identify if there are any contributing factors to the odor you may not have considered and can clean and treat your coils with expert care.

 

 

 

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.

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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Commercial Repair & Maintenance

Here at Southern Comfort Mechanical, we take care of businesses from bakeries, to computer shops, to aquariums. All of which require year round specific temperatures. Temperatures matter and in order to keep and maintain that specific degree range, preventative maintenance and fast response time is crucial.

Most commercial properties need maintenance four times a year; spring, summer, winter and fall. Spring/Summer maintenance includes brushing condenser coils, cleaning out drain lines, changing filters, checking all electrical and Freon, and much more. Fall/Winter checkout includes inspection and adjustment of heat exchangers, burners, search for gas leaks and safety switch and again, much more.  Each checkout is very thorough and our technicians are highly trained to go through your system with a fine tooth comb. Should we find anything that needs repaired, we can repair that day as our trucks are fully stocked and we give discounts to those who have a contract with us.

Many times if you are in a lease agreement, there is a stipulation where you have to have a maintenance contract with licensed professionals. Southern Comfort Mechanical, a local Lewisville company, can customize an agreement to fit your businesses HVAC needs and make air conditioning repairs faster and more cost effective than other competitors. Whether you only want filter and belt changes or you need a whole system checkout we are here to help. Call us today at 972-420-1700 to speak with someone about setting up a maintenance plan to help fit your needs.

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Advantages of Joining the Comfort Club Maintenance Program

Comfort Club MaintenanceKeeping your air conditioning and heating systems in working condition is important to your health and comfort level. To keep from sweating or freezing in your home or office because of a major heating or cooling problem, your air conditioner and furnace need regularly maintenance. Having professionals come in to regularly inspect and make minor repairs to your systems can help to ensure that you won’t have a major issue during the middle of the summer or winter. If you are looking for a Coppell air conditioning and heating company that offers an affordable maintenance plan, consider Southern Comfort Mechanical. Our Lewisville company is committed to providing quality maintenance, repair, and installation services to customers in different parts of northern Texas.

Through our Comfort Club maintenance program, you can get regular inspections on your air conditioning and heating units. Our masterful technicians look at and replace different parts, change your filters, and clean out drains or coils to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in working order. We save our customers money over the long run by doing maintenance work to your units early and keeping your systems working efficiently. When you use our service plan, you can also get discounted prices on filters and parts.

Along with servicing your heating and air conditioning units, we also can do any repair or installation needed. If you need an emergency air conditioning repair or a late night fix to your furnace, you can count on Southern Comfort Mechanical to be there for you. Whatever make or model you have, our tidy and insightful technicians are trained to make repairs to your furnace or air conditioner. If you need a new unit, our licensed professionals will work with you to find a more energy-efficient heating or cooling system that will save you money on your energy bills.

If you live in Coppell, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton, Southlake, Corinth, or a surrounding area, we can help you to find an air conditioning or heating solution. We will send someone out as soon as possible to inspect your unit and provide you with a free estimate. Call Southern Comfort Mechanical anytime at 972-420-1700.

AC Repair from Your Lewisville Air Conditioning Service

With more than 10 years of experience performing preventative AC maintenance and air conditioner repairs in the Lewisville area, Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to serve our local community. We offer all of the air conditioning services that bring value to your home and comfort to your family. Our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical has the experience, training and knowledge necessary to keep your home comfortable all year long.

Preventive Air Conditioning Maintenance

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we believe that preventive air conditioning maintenance is the key in keeping your air conditioning system running efficiently and effectively. Our preventive air conditioning maintenance services include a complete system inspection, replacement of your old air filter, checking of the refrigerant level and ensuring that your air conditioner cools as quickly and effectively as it should. Regular air conditioning maintenance each spring may even prevent the need for a costly air conditioner repair. When an air conditioner problem is detected during our preventive maintenance service visit, we explain our findings to you and give you the option for us to make the repair or to wait to make the repair at a later date. Whatever choice you make, we will provide you with a written report and free estimate of the cost of the repair.

Air Conditioner Repairs

We understand that air conditioner problems often develop at inconvenient times, such as the middle of a holiday weekend or when you are hosting guests. For your comfort and convenience, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical offers emergency 24/7/365 air conditioner repairs throughout the Lewisville area. Our air conditioning service technicians are EPA and NATE certified, bringing excellence in all of our work. As master air conditioning technicians and factory authorized Trane and Amana dealers, our team brings to you the highest level of air conditioning expertise in the area.

When you need air conditioning repair in Lewisville, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical has the training, experience and skills to do the job efficiently and correctly the first time. We have built a strong reputation throughout Lewisville and the surrounding areas for affordable and trust worthy air conditioning services. When you want the highest quality of air conditioning repair available in the Lewisville area, call our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical any time of the day or night at 972-420-1700 for prompt service.

Coppell TX Air Conditioning Tune Up from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Anyone who has spent a summer in Texas understands the value of a working air conditioning system. Before the first heat wave hits, it is a smart idea to have an air conditioning tune up each year. Having a trained air conditioning technician from Southern Comfort Mechanical check over your AC unit for potential problems can both give you peace of mind and save you money.

No one wants to spend the summer wondering if their AC unit will make it until fall. What’s worse than the worry, though, is the reality of an AC unit going out on the hottest day of the summer. Southern Comfort’s Comfort Club Service Plan provides the best air conditioning tune up in Coppell. The service plan includes a thorough inspection of belts, lubricants, coils and electrical connections. Your technician will change filters and clean condenser coils and drains. The AC unit will be tested to ensure that it is running correctly.

Knowing that your AC unit has been prepped for its summer workout will give you confidence that you will remain comfortable all summer long. What may be more important, however, is that you can save money by having your AC checked out and cleaned. An efficiently running AC unit is one that requires less power to function, leading to lower electric bills. If there is a problem with the AC unit, it can be addressed before the unit breaks down completely. Fixing your AC unit while the weather is cool and you have the time to research the least expensive solution can save you a significant amount in repair costs.

As important as these short-term savings are, the long-term savings associated with preventative maintenance on your AC unit are significant as well. Many of the elements that keep your air conditioning system functioning efficiently in the short term can also lead to a longer life for your unit. Keeping filters, coils and drains clean helps reduce the wear and tear on the unit’s mechanical parts from dust and other particles. Periodic replacement of belts and refrigerant keeps the unit functioning smoothly for many years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical provides the best Coppell TX air conditioning service. To keep your AC unit running properly through the summer heat, call 972-420-1700 and let Southern Comfort keep your family comfortable.

Score Free Cowboys Tickets with Your Trane System Purchase Today

Coppell TX HVACWith autumn fast approaching, it is extremely important to ensure your home boasts a reliable and efficient heating and cooling system, guaranteeing your family’s comfort, no matter the season. The arrival of fall also signals the beginning of one other extremely important season: football. With our Coppell TX HVAC experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical on your side, you can be fully prepared for both seasons.

By purchasing a complete Trane system today, you can receive two free Dallas Cowboys tickets from Southern Comfort Mechanical. The purchase of this system will keep your home catered to your every comfort, regardless of the temperature outside. Autumn also brings with it more comfortable weather, perfect for a Sunday spent outside cheering on Tony Romo and company. With the purchase of a complete Trane system today, not only will you receive the two tickets, but also can get up to $1200 cash back on qualifying systems.

A Trane system is among the best in the business, and has been a leader in the heating and cooling industry for over a century. Our trained technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical can install these systems for you in a timely, efficient, and most importantly, cost-effective manner.

Act now, this offer is only available while supplies last, and only through Southern Comfort Mechanical. To learn more about Trane systems or schedule an installation today, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or visit us online today.

Lower Your Utility Bills Today with Southern Comfort Mechanical

Lake Dallas TX air conditionerAs with any appliance in your home, getting the most for your money from your air conditioning system is important to any homeowner. To do this, you need to ensure your air conditioning unit is running as efficiently as possible – ensuring yourself the lowest possible monthly utility bills in the process. The reliable Lake Dallas TX air conditioning experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical can check your system for efficiency, so you’ll never have to worry about paying more than you should.

By ensuring your system is running efficiently, our trusted technicians can make sure your system is environmentally friendly, so you know you’re doing your part to help save the environment, all while saving much-needed money off your monthly bills. Lowering your carbon footprint is on almost everyone’s to-do list these days, and you can start with your cooling system.

The first step to efficiency in your system starts with a thorough cleaning, and you can rely on us to perform this tiresome task for you. By insisting that your system is as clean as can be, you’re asking the same of the air that comes out of it – meaning your family will only breathe in the cleanest, highest quality air. This is imperative for those with allergies or lung-related breathing issues, as the presence of dust, dirt, pollen, and other everyday allergens in your air can easily irritate these issues.

By demanding the highest quality air for your home, you’re truly putting the needs of your family first. Rely on our trusted technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical to ensure your system is as efficient as can be – and your utility bills are as low as possible.

With any questions, comments, or to schedule an air conditioning inspection today, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or visit us online today.

Lake Dallas TX Air Conditioning Service Discounts and Coupons

Southern Comfort Mechanical reminds you that during the summer months, keeping your air conditioning unit running at a high efficiency takes some maintenance and some thought. Your Lake Dallas air conditioning maintenance technicians are here to help and let you know that customer care is of utmost importance.

On the Southern Comfort website, you will find a few incentives to help you save some money when you schedule ac unit service. Enjoy a free service call when you schedule a repair. We also offer free consultations to diagnose repairs or discuss new air conditioning unit installation, such as your preferred TRANE systems.

Visit our website and download an air conditioning service coupon. This coupon is good for $20 off Lake Dallas air conditioning maintenance service from Southern Comfort. The air conditioning or heating service coupon is not valid with any other discount or special offer. Print the air conditioning discount from the website and mention it when you schedule your service.

The most valuable discount is the “Refer a Friend” program. You will receive a $100 incentive check when a friend or family member you recommend purchases a new heating or cooling system from Southern Comfort, your Lake Dallas air conditioning installation company.

As always, don’t forget our 13-point preventative maintenance package to keep you running efficiently year round. The maintenance package includes cleaning, inspecting, lubricating and tightening of all major parts or your heating and cooling unit. Feel free to contact us for information on preventative maintenance and visit our website to find all of our Lake Dallas TX air conditioning discounts and incentives.

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