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The Best Time to Purchase an A/C System

One of the best and most frequent questions our technicians receive in the field is “When is the best time to purchase an air conditioning system?”  If you’re in the market to replace your Flower Mound air conditioning system, you might be tempted to hold off on investing in new HVAC equipment until your A/C is on its last legs or for the change of seasons and extreme temperatures.  However, waiting for either of those things to come to pass will likely work against you. The key to receiving the best price for a new A/C system in Lantana and beyond is to understand the cyclical nature of the industry.

It would be easy to think that, because Lantana HVAC companies are busy as bees installing new systems in the Summer, it’s the best time for competitive prices, but that often isn’t the case. In our last Blog entry, we introduced you to the so-called “Shoulder Seasons” – those times of the year edging into the more demanding Summer and Winter months for HVAC companies such as Southern Comfort Mechanical.  In Texas, those seasons are late Autumn and early Spring.

 

 

Why, you may ask?  These times of the year are beautiful – perfect for getting out of doors, opening up your home for fresh breezes and saving on your energy bills.  Simply put, it’s not a time of the year you’re completely reliant upon air conditioning to regulate the temperature of your home.  It’s also when your Southern Comfort Mechanical Technician has the most time to spend with you to examine your options when buying a new A/C system.  During peak seasons, that time is at a premium and ultimately you end up competing not for a better price but for the first available system installation date for your Corinth area home.

 

 

In early Spring and late Fall, the industry itself experiences lower volume.  The various manufacturers offer promotional sales and preseason discounts during those times to engage consumers year round.  This means Southern Comfort Mechanical can work with you to select a quality system that is optimized specifically for your Flower Mound home at a price that can’t be matched during the peak Summer and Winter months.  In other words, the best time to purchase is when you can take your time and make an educated purchasing decision with the help of qualified professionals.  Call our office today to discuss these great deals and to schedule your free air conditioning estimate.  Our office staff is standing by at (972) 420-1700.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Work Less, Make More

TR_XV20i_Air Conditioner - LargeIf you have been researching for a new HVAC system for your Coppell home, by now you should know that high efficiency air conditioning systems will give you the most bang for your buck. How exactly do high efficiency systems work? How much will they really save you? Is the government regulating this too? All of these questions are answered and more!

Variable speed condensers and furnaces maintain a consistent temperature with maximum efficiency by making minor, continuous adjustments all day long. With minor adjustments, the temperature in your Coppell home never fluctuates more than a couple of degrees, evenly distributes air and the humidity stays at which you set it to. During winter here in north Texas, you don’t want the humidity in your home to be more than 35-45%. Also, your output capacity and operating speed are lowered, therefore saving you money and energy on your electricity bills. With the Coppell home energy costing an average of 9.5 cent per kWh, you can save up to $564 per year just by having a higher SEER rating on your complete air conditioning system. The new 2015 minimum efficiency regulated by the government is 14 SEER, but to get the best deal, and eventually have your HVAC system pay for itself, you should look for a system of up to 18 SEER or higher. Tired of hearing your old clunker kick on? Not a problem anymore. They are just a little bit louder than the humming of your refrigerator. No worries about waking the baby!

So whether you are looking to replace you’re heating and air conditioning system now or in the near future, be sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest equipment. Southern Comfort Mechanical is not only here to help you pick the perfect A/C system for your Coppell but we make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. After all, “Comfort Is Our Middle Name!”

Is Your Home Properly Insulated?

Proper Attic InsulationNumerous benefits exist for having an attic that is properly insulated. Even though it may take a bit of time when it comes to adding insulation to an attic, the benefits will far outweigh the amount of time and money invested in the process. To improve your heating system performance, it is imperative that your home has an adequate amount of insulation to keep the heat in during the cold winter months. At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we are ready to perform an inspection of your current situation and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Reduce the Cost of Energy Usage

When you install insulation in your attic, it will help you save a lot of money on your energy bill over the course of time. Your heating system often works overtime to help provide your home with a consistent temperature. If your attic does not have the proper insulation, your air will escape out of the attic and cause your system to work harder than it needs to to keep up. As a result, your energy bill will rise. To save energy, you will want to decrease the heat currently escaping from your home.

Increase the Comfort Level of Your Home

Proper insulation will help to reduce the severe temperature swings your home goes through as the weather changes. If you have adequate insulation inside your attic, it will help the temperature to stay consistent. In turn, you will increase the level of comfort you feel inside your home, regardless of what the weather outside.

If you need a Coppell heating company, we at Southern Comfort Mechanical are ready to be your one stop provider for any technical issues you have for your home. Our goal is to make sure your home provides you with the level of comfort you need during the winter months, without sacrificing a fortune on your energy bill in the process. Give us a call today at 972-420-1700 to schedule your consultation and inspection today.

Your Coppell TX Heating and Air Conditioning Service Has You Covered No Matter What the Groundhog Says

Groundhog Day

The groundhog has spoken. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole this Groundhog’s Day, spotted his shadow, and predicted six more weeks of winter. The furry little fella came out of his hole in front of a gigantic crowd of 18,000 people, which included the governor of Pennsylvania.

Is Coppell TX ready for another six weeks of winter? Absolutely. Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating Specialists can make it happen. Your Coppell heating and air conditioning specialists are ready to go at a moment’s notice and deliver long-lasting, cozy heat where you need it, no matter what the groundhog says.

Heating Repair

Especially at this time of year, every home should pack some heat. Unfortunately, heating systems seem to go out when you need them most. When you need fast service from TRANE heating system experts, then call Southern. Pilot light issues, thermocouple and limit switches, gas interruptions, blocked ventilation, or even a tripped circuit breaker, having a heating expert on hand is essential to keeping you and your family warm during those cold winter months. If your heating system is giving you trouble, then heed the groundhog’s warning: with six weeks of winter on the way, add some Southern Comfort to your home.

It should be noted that Southern also provides comprehensive heating inspection where required. The most well rounded Coppell TX heating company around is your full service, “one stop shop” for excellence in heating and repair.

Air Conditioning Repair

Okay, so the groundhog says it is going to be cold outside for a while. However, with Coppell’s notoriously “beautiful one day, miserably cold the next” weather, you should not leave your air conditioning system hanging. If you have been experiencing trouble with your air conditioning unit, seek the Coppell experts in air conditioning, Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating Specialists. The premier Coppell heating and air conditioning service is just a phone call away. Our consistent, caring, methodical team of experts will inspect and repair your air conditioning unit and get it back into shape. Air conditioning inspection is a breeze for the gurus at Southern Comfort.

If you need a complete solution for heating and air conditioning in Coppell TX, then trust Southern Comfort as you will receive an optimal, complete solution for every conceivable heating and air conditioning need in Coppell and the greater Lewisville area. Call us today at 972-420-1700.

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