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Indoor Air Quality – Battling Allergens Indoors

Most of us think of Spring’s arrival as a breath of fresh air.  That is, until we realize that we live in one of the allergy capitals of the US.  That’s right – the Dallas area was ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in the top 30 Spring Allergy Capitals for the last five years.   While there’s little that can be done to improve the air outdoors, there are ways to make the air we breathe indoors healthier for our families.  In honor of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, Southern Comfort Mechanical is bringing you indoor air quality tips for your Flower Mound air conditioning system.

 

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, refers to the condition of the air inside your home and how it contributes to your comfort and wellness.  The EPA reports that people are spending up to 90% of their time indoors.  Spending more time indoors exposes your family to higher levels of airborne pollutants like viruses, bacteria and other organic compounds in the air.

Without proper ventilation in the home, indoor air pollutants become trapped and contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality levels.  To mitigate poor indoor air quality in Corinth homes, Southern Comfort Mechanical recommends:

Air Duct Cleaning

Over time, air ducts become contaminated with dust particles, pollen and other debris that aggravate allergies and cause other health issues.  High humidity levels increase the potential for mold and spores dispersal into your home via the air conditioning system.  Schedule your professional air duct cleaning in Flower Mound with Southern Comfort Mechanical to eliminate the risk for microbiological growth and other airborne contaminants.

Air Duct Sealing

Duct systems are supposed to distribute conditioned air from your central HVAC system to your living spaces.  Duct systems with leaks, holes or poor connections can result in a loss of efficiency of up to 20% according to EnergyStar.  Further, those leaky ducts allow insulation particles, dust and fumes to enter the system, aggravating asthma and allergies.  Sealing ducts save you money while reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.

Air Filtration

Most modern homes are designed to be self-contained for energy efficiency.  This means very little outside air enters the home via your Lantana air conditioning system, making air filtration a key component of maintaining indoor air quality.  Your HVAC filter collects contaminants and particles before the air gets distributed into your living spaces. Air filters will inevitably get dirty, but should not be allowed to become clogged. A clogged filter is not only bad for your indoor air quality, it can also create serious airflow problems and may cause a system shutdown.  Your Corinth HVAC filter should be replaced every 30 to 90 days, depending on variables in your home environment, such as high-traffic, pet shedding or home repair projects. Check your filter monthly to determine if a change is needed.

If you want to improve your Flower Mound indoor air quality, contact the skilled technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical. We’re here to help you improve the efficiency and air filtration of your system.  972-420-1700.

A Remarkable Year in Heating and Air Conditioning

The beginning of each new year inspires us all to be retrospective – we look back in review and then cast our eyes forward to what the year may bring. When we, as a heating and air conditioning company serving Flower Mound, Corinth and the surrounding areas, look back at 2016 we can’t help but feel that the impacts of this year will reach into 2017 and beyond. Some highlights:

Carrier to Stay in the USA
President-elect Trump made many headlines this year, but one in particular stood out for the HVAC industry: In a reversal of their early 2016 announcement to move several hundred Indianapolis-based manufacturing jobs to Mexico, Carrier revealed that they had brokered an agreement with Mr. Trump’s incoming administration to keep over 1,000 of the jobs in Indiana. While any far-reaching effects of this action have yet to be seen, the action taken has been an encouragement to the market overall.


EPA R-22 Stepdown, Phase I
2016 saw the continuation of the EPA’s step-down of R-22 production and the uptick of R-410a system replacements. This planned cessation of production and usage of the refrigerant will continue well beyond 2017, with a planned end date and complete ban effective in 2030. In recent history, this step-down has meant that system repairs and parts replacements have been more prevalent. What complicates the issue is that the alternative refrigerant, R-410A is not a drop-in refrigerant. It operates at a different pressure level than R-22, so you cannot simply make a refrigerant switch in your existing system – the equipment just isn’t designed to operate at that level of pressure. In a few short years, there will be no replacement parts produced for R-22 based systems, as all new equipment is being developed for R-410A. Over time, standard fixes – like replacing a condenser or compressor – will no longer be available. Full equipment replacements will become the norm.

The Kigali Agreement
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda in October this year to reach a global agreement to greatly reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) chemical coolants with a long-term goal of significantly slowing the rise in atmospheric temperatures. HFCs are known to be a type of greenhouse gas that has high global warming potential with over 1,000 times the heat-trapping potency of carbon dioxide. The agreement, which includes specific timelines for the reduction of HFC use and manufacturing, still faces ratification by the United States – a process which is likely to take place in the next two years. The benefit to such an agreement, in addition to staving off climbing global temperatures, is that it is a long-term view with specific goals that allows the industry to plan appropriately and us to advise our Southern Comfort Mechanical customers to be informed heating and air conditioning consumers. As this new regulation takes a more definitive shape, we’ll be sure to share that information.

The Proliferation of Smart Controls
The latest must-have gadgets for your Corinth area home and day to day life come as part of the explosive growth in the smart controls market. While smart controls have existed for a few years now, the technological advances and adoption of these devices has reached an all-time high and there is every indication that this technology’s maximum potential has yet to be realized. Southern Comfort Mechanical already offers the latest in smart controls for your Corinth heating and air conditioning systems and we look forward to watching that technology evolve to better meet your needs.

As always, we look to provide our customers with the latest industry knowledge and expertise to keep them well-informed about the factors that impact the quality and comfort of their home environment. We look forward to being your go-to HVAC partner in 2017 and beyond. It is our great honor to be your trusted heating and air conditioning company serving Flower Mound and the surrounding areas. We thank you for making 2016 a year to remember.

Selecting A Heating and Air Conditioning Company

Selecting the best heating and air conditioning repair company for your Lantana or Flower Mound area home means entrusting the care of your biggest investment to virtual strangers, so how do you know which company to choose? Here are some recommended steps to help you find the right heating and air conditioning contractor for your needs:

Ask your neighbors for referrals. Who have your neighbors worked with? Was the customer service experience a good one or did it leave much to be desired? Your friends and neighbors now don’t just include those you share a property line with. You can often find shared experiences on your community Facebook page and NextDoor neighborhood. What company do you find them often suggesting as the most economical and honest air conditioning company?  Southern Comfort Mechanical

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Read the online reviews and temper them with what your friends and neighbors have experienced. Consistent positive ratings across a variety of categories and platforms is a good indicator of performance and cross-referencing those with the experiences you’ve heard from your friends is an excellent way to narrow the field. Search for the best air conditioning service in Flower Mound in a generalized search, or visit some of the more common review sites, such as  Yelp!, Google+, Angie’s List, the BBB, etc.

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Avoid contractor services and other gimmicks, and rely upon your own research. These companies provide paid leads to contractors and the most reputable and established HVAC companies do not participate in them. Similarly, be skeptical of incredibly low cost services or memberships that are likely to come with costly hidden expenses.
Research and contact the company. Visit the company’s website to familiarize yourself with their offerings and to look for informative content. Check to be sure they employ NATE certified technicians (the industry standard). Check for proper licensing in your city and state. Feel free to ask for references when you call. Ask questions pertinent to your concerns. Do they seem responsive and knowledgeable, or just about making the sale?

Find the right contractor and develop a relationship with the company before something goes wrong. When your system struggles in extreme weather, your first priority will be to get it in working order as quickly as possible for your family’s comfort. It’s in these moments you will feel pressed for time and can end up spending much more than anticipated. So find your local Lewisville Heating and Air Conditioning company well before you need major intervention and take advantage of their preventive maintenance program to prolong the life of your system.

Now that you’ve found Southern Comfort Mechanical, you need look no further.  Southern Comfort Mechanical is the best air conditioning and heating company in Flower Mound and the surrounding cities.  We come recommended by your friends and neighbors and have excellent online reviews, offer outstanding customer service, employ experienced certified technicians and are dedicated to delivering quality products and services.  Contact us today to begin your relationship with a heating and air conditioning company you can trust and rely upon.

 

Breathe Easy with Quality Indoor Air this New Year

Air Duct CleaningDid you know your home may be the cause of your breathing difficulties? Many people are unaware of the benefits of air duct cleaning. They assume there are no other options beyond dealing with their sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. But this is the furthest thing from the truth when you have your ducts cleaned by one of the professionals at Southern Comfort Mechanical.

Over the course of time, your air ducts become dirty and clogged. It’s important to have these units cleaned on occasion to prevent dirt, dust, debris, and pollutants from entering your home. When air duct cleaning is done correctly, it helps enhance your environment and allows you to breathe easier.

Duct cleaning also removes any mold, mildew, musty odors, and pet dander from your system. Eliminating pollutants will provide you with cleaner, fresher air. Not only will it smell better inside of your home, it will also give you relief from allergy symptoms. When your system is properly cleaned, maintained, and serviced, it will help extend the life of your unit and prevent the contaminants from coming back into your home.

In terms of cleaning the system, the main thing is to make sure your components are thoroughly cleaned to prevent the contaminants from entering into your home again. The benefits are truly amazing for the indoor air quality in your home when the procedure is done properly.

For those in need of a Highland Village heating company, we at Southern Comfort Mechanical are ready to deliver exactly what you need to clear the air in your home. No one deserves to live in an environment where they cannot breathe, which is exactly what we strive to prevent in our customers’ homes. Give us a call at 972-420-1700 today and we’ll schedule an appointment for your indoor air inspection right away.

Air Duct Cleaning for Indoor Air Quality

During the summer, much attention is paid to proper attic insulation, air conditioning unit inspections and coolant levels, along with putting your thermostat on an energy efficient cycle. However, cleaning your air ducts can often be an overlooked yet very important step in air conditioning effectiveness.

Highland Village TX air duct cleaning service from Southern Comfort & Mechanical is a vital part of keeping the air in your home not only clean, but flowing productively. An air duct system is a breeding ground for bacteria, animal dander, mold, and dust mites. These impurities can cause allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, infections and disease. Proper ventilation not only ensures the indoor air quality is up to stringent standards, but also removes smells, excess moisture, introduces outside air, removes bacteria, keeps air circulating throughout your home, and prevents stagnation.

Southern Comfort & Mechanical utilizes state-of-the-art air duct cleaning equipment to eliminate the contaminants in your home air duct structure that may be harmful to you, your family or your employees. According to McKinsey Quarterly, dirty coils and ducts use as much as 30% more energy than clean ones and the EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five health risks. Your Highland Village air conditioning company will help you eliminate the risk.

Southern Comfort & Mechanical uses Rotobrush® Duct Cleaning Technology. Rotobrush® cleans where others can’t. View the video for more information regarding this state-of-the-art technology.

Give your Highland Village Texas air duct cleaning professionals a call today to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently and protecting you from unnecessary pollutants.

‘Going Green’ With Your HVAC System

Going Green & HVAC Maintenance“Going green” is a phrase that is used quite commonly. Nearly everyone knows the term has an environmentally sound connotation.

Saving the planet is a big deal, and using economical, energy-efficient methods around the house has become the norm for many families. When linking energy efficiency to your air conditioning unit, it’s a must to look into a reliable maintenance program. Our Lewisville HVAC experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating offer first-class HVAC maintenance plans that will provide peace of mind to all residential and commercial property owners.

As with any machine, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance in order to offer peak performance. Proper maintenance gives your air conditioner an extended life span, and it will save you money in the long run. Our Lewisville heating and cooling technicians provide seasonal air conditioner and furnace services, including precision tune-ups and thorough cleaning of air conditioners during the spring and summer and furnaces during the fall and winter.

If you are looking to “go green,” this plan may be the perfect solution for you. Call our Lewisville TX HVAC company today, or contact us online for more information on environmentally efficient benefits for your unit.

Preventing Allergies with Duct Cleaning, Indoor Air Quality

Air Duct CleaningAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, the connection between respiratory issues and mold and allergens can all be traced to proper – or improper – indoor air quality. Among the stronger allergens found in the air, ironically, is common house dust.

What many don’t realize is that house dust can be heavily contaminated with disgusting particles such as cast skins and fecal matter from dust mites. With the help of one ounce of dust, as many as 40,000 dust mites can grow and mature. Even the cleanest house in the world can have dust mites, which means allergies are high-risk at all times. It also is a fact that dust mites can be a major factor in respiratory issues and even asthma.

Allergy shots are a good idea, but when it comes to maintaining respiratory issues, our Lewisville TX HVAC representatives at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating suggest a thorough air duct cleaning, as well as the installation of new air filters. Dirt and dust accumulates in air ducts, which results in a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Duct cleaning reduces allergens and also increases the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

Contact our Lewisville indoor air quality specialists for more information on preventative measures to avoid allergies and other respiratory problems. Call our Lewisville TX cooling company today, or visit us online for more information.

Identifying and Preventing Black Mold

Black MoldAs disgusting as it may sound, mold is a part of everyday life. With humidity, there’s mold, and with mold toxins, there comes all the allergies and other conditions we tend to associate mold with.

One form of mold that can cause serious problems is black mold. This can be found anywhere in the home but is most commonly found in duct work or on the ceilings or walls. Black mold grows best in dark, moist environments. The most common visible sign of black mold will be a patch of dark speckles.

Black mold is the result of high humidity incorporated with low ventilation. It can cause major health issues and often times starts off with unexplained rashes or other allergic reactions. Living in an area with a high black mold count can lead to respiratory problems that can be extremely harmful.

In order to remove black mold, a highly trained HVAC professional must be called, as parts of a wall or area in your home may have to be removed altogether. You may clean black mold off a specific area, but microscopic spores still exist, which could result in the mold returning. One step for early prevention is to install a dehumidifier in your home. Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture level in your home or office.

Regular air duct services should be scheduled in an effort to prevent black mold in your environment. Our Lewisville TX HVAC specialists can assist you with more information about black mold and how it can endanger your health. Give our Lewisville heating and cooling company a call today, or visit us online for details.

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