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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.

Furnace Maintenance in Flower Mound

A common question we get from Flower Mound residents – “Is maintenance really necessary on my heating and cooling system?” The simple answer is, yes. You wouldn’t buy a car and not get the oil changed, so why not maintain one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home? Like your car, the furnace and a/c needs to be inspected, and tuned up to ensure that it runs safely and efficiently.

What many folks don’t realize is that if you neglect to maintain your heating and air system by a licensed contractor, you could void your home warranty! The recommended bi-annual maintenance is a small price to pay compared to potential mechanical failure. With regular preventative maintenance a longer life expectancy of your HVAC system can be achieved.

Whether or not you have already turned on your heater, you should consider getting it tuned up. If you have a gas furnace, it’s important for a professional to inspect it for any potentially harmful carbon monoxide leaks. A checkup will also include the cleaning and inspection of all burners, clearing vent pipes, clearing condensate drains, and a change of the filter if necessary.

Not only is Southern Comfort Mechanical licensed, certified and insured, we are loved by all of our customers. If you’ve not yet given us a try; now is the time! Come experience the love! We are offering a $59 heating system checkout! Call our office at 972-420-1700 to schedule your appointment today.

 

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The Importance of Heating System Maintenance

What if something as simple as preventative maintenance on your heating system could save you or your loved ones lives?  An average of 70,000 homes catch on fire due to heating equipment every year in the US. Nearly 400 people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. A simple heating system check-out can literally save your house and your life.

The heat exchanger, a major system component, is warmed up by the burners. The exchanger can eventually rust and the rust will fall into those burners. If the burners aren’t properly adjusted and cleaned out, it can cause an explosion.

Carbon monoxide (CO), also known as the silent killer, needs to be properly ventilated out of your home. If you have a cracked heat exchanger, the CO will fill up your attic or home depending on where your furnace is located.  Another way CO can seep in to your house is if your vent pipe is clogged. Squirrels, birds and other little critters can build nests and that will stop the CO from escaping your home.

During our thorough heating checkout, we will make sure that your system is up to code and safe to run. We will clean and adjust your burners and heat exchanger, inspect all electrical, check for gas leaks among many other things. Call Southern Comfort Mechanical today for more information about our Comfort Club Service Plan, a bi-annual preventative maintenance contract, so you can stay at ease and prolong the life of your heating system or take advantage of this months’ coupon.

 

 

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Detecting Carbon Monoxide Leaks

CO DetectorCarbon monoxide gas has been called a silent killer of sorts. It is colorless, odorless and virtually undetectable to the naked eye and nose.

This can play a huge role with an older furnace in your home. If there are minimal concerns with carbon monoxide leakage in a home, it’s best to invest in a carbon monoxide detector, also known as a CO detector. These devices are designed to discern the gas in an effort to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

CO detectors are made to measure levels of carbon monoxide gas over a period of time. If the CO levels become dangerous in a specific environment, an alarm will go off, giving all in your home ample time to either evacuate the building or ventilate the area. In a sentence, CO detectors save lives.

CO detectors have similar objectives to smoke detectors, and they also run about the same when it comes to pricing. It is suggested by experts that a CO detector should be plugged into one electrical outlet on each level of your home.

Before purchasing a CO detector, it is wise to have your furnace inspected. Our well-trained Lewisville HVAC experts can give a full inspection of your furnace and make sure leaking does not exist in your home. Give our Lewisville TX heating company a call today for more information on CO detectors, or feel free to visit us online.

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