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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.

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.

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.

SCM Recycling Program

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.

SCM Recycling Program

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.

Smart Thermostat

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.”

Dryer Vents

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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.

The History of Modern Air Conditioning

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Extra, Extra! The Cost of R-22 Expected to Double in Price in 2015!

If your air conditioning system is still using the old R-22 refrigerant and you’ve been band aiding it for the last few summers, you may want to consider replacement for many reasons. Repair, efficiency, government regulations and the price of rising refrigerant are all major factors. Southern Comfort Mechanical, serving Lantana and surrounding areas, is here to help you make the correct long-term decisions when it comes to your home and your air conditioning and heating needs.

Repairing your older HVAC systems can be a hassle for many reasons including: the part has become obsolete, specials order parts that may take days to arrive, constant repairs and expensive refrigerant leaks. (See chart below) As of now, R-22 is costing upwards of $75-90 a pound; that cost will be increasing even more as they are limiting production of it. In 2014 they produced and imported 51 million pounds and in 2015 they are only releasing 22 million pounds. And as of 2020, it will be non-existent. Southern Comfort Mechanical only uses clean, straight from the factory refrigerant. If you think you are getting a really good deal on it, chances are they are using recycled refrigerant. DO NOT use recycled refrigerant in your air conditioning system. That is just asking for your system to be compromised.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has rolled out their new regulated standard efficiency. As of January 1, 2015 here in Texas it is required to have a minimum of a 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) for both air conditioning and heat pumps. Be sure that when shopping for new equipment you keep this in mind. You may think you are getting a really good deal from other local Flower Mound companies, but if it’s not up to the SEER rating, you are getting robbed.

There are many factors to consider when you are looking to replace your HVAC system, including cost. With the cooler weather and winter right around the corner, now is a great time to take advantage of Trane’s special offers. Now through December 15, 2014, Trane is offering 0% interest for 60 months on qualifying systems or up to $1000 cash back. The cost of rising refrigerant and new government standard are now two major considerations. Southern Comfort Mechanical is here to answer all of your questions and guide you to making the right investment for the future of your home. Schedule your free estimate today by calling 972-420-1700.

 

Tax Break on Energy Star Equipment! One Weekend Only!

May is National Home Improvement Month. It also hosts a very important sales tax break. Texas shoppers can get a break from state and local sales tax on purchases of certain energy-efficient products. The 2013 ENERGY STAR sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. (after midnight) on Saturday, May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day).

The products qualifying for the exemption are:

  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Programmable thermostats*

All qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo on the product or its packaging. Only the products listed will be eligible for the exemption. Other products not on the list are not eligible even though they may have an Energy Star designation.

PLUS – Save even more money with Trane rebates! Factory rebates from Trane include up to $1250 cash back or take advantage of special financing for 60 months with approved credit on qualifying systems through May 31st. That said, you could get a new system for a fraction of the cost!

If you are interested in purchasing a new system, please give us a call at our office at 972-420-1700. Southern Comfort Mechanical is here to serve all of your “going green” needs!

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* ENERGY STAR specification of programmable thermostats was suspended on December 31, 2009; however, any existing stock of ENERGY STAR labeled programmable thermostats offered for sale by retailers is still eligible for the exemption.

Save Now, Save Later!

Have you been putting off getting a new air conditioning system for your home because it can be quite costly? Well now is the time to make that investment!  With  the government tax credits and factory rebates, combined with your 2012 tax return, you can get your brand new A/C and heating system for an extremely low price.

Factory rebates from Trane include up to $1250 cash back or take advantage of special financing with approved credit.

Going green saves you green!  According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, buying a new air conditioner with a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 16, to replace an older one rated at 10, can half the cost of cooling that room.

You can get up to a $500 federal tax credit with new energy-efficient air conditioner systems.  Minimum efficiency to qualify:

 

$300 for Heat Pump System Requirements:

 

  • Split System: 15 Seer, 12.5 EER & 8.5 HSPF

 

$300 for Central Air Conditioner Requirements:

  • Split System 16 SEER (13 EER)

 

  • $150 Natural Gas Furnace: 95% AFUE

 

  • $50 Efficient Indoor Fan: See specific Tax Law for qualifications

 

As you can see, now is the time to make the investment for your comfort. Southern Comfort Mechanical is your premiere choice air conditioning company for Lewisville and surrounding areas. Call 972-420-1700 for a free estimate and start saving money now!

 

Conserve Energy this Summer by Programming Your Thermostat

As a homeowner in Highland Village, you may be wondering how you can conserve energy this summer. Taking simple steps to conserve energy can lead to a significant savings on your monthly utility bills and reduces wear and tear on your air conditioning system. One of the easiest ways you can conserve energy this summer is by programming your thermostat. Our air conditioning experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical can show you how to save energy.

Scheduling Options

Most programmable thermostats offering a convenient scheduling feature that allows you to set a schedule for your weekly activities. Your thermostat may offer a 7 day schedule, a 5 plus 2 day schedule for weekdays versus weekends, or a 5 plus 1 plus 1 schedule for weekdays and then two different weekend schedules. Your thermostat has four time of the day settings, which include wake, daytime, evening and night. Programmable thermostats also have vacation and hold settings to retain your schedule for an extended period of time. Our air conditioning service technicians will show you how to navigate through these options to set up your system schedule.

Temperatures

To achieve the best level of energy conservation this summer, schedule your programmable thermostat to raise the temperature of your home by at least 7 degrees while you are away from home and by 4 degrees while you are asleep. By utilizing these features, you could save hundreds of dollars on your utility costs and reduce your home’s environmental impact.

Programmable Thermostat Hints

Check your thermostat’s battery every six months to ensure it retains your settings. Our air conditioning service technicians can also do this for you during your spring and fall tune-up visits. Avoid the temptation to tinker with the thermostat settings, as doing so can reduce your air conditioning system’s ability to conserve energy.

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we offer a complete line of air conditioning services in Highland Village to help you conserve energy this summer. Our professional air conditioning technicians take the time to walk you through the programming process for your programmable thermostat. When you need air conditioning services in Highland Village and the surrounding areas, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical is here for you. Call us any time of the day or night at 972-420-1700 for AC repair or service.

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.

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**The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 01/06/2016 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/2017.