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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 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.

 

 

 

Flower Mound TX Furnace Repair

Good regular maintenance of your heating system will keep your furnace running smoothly throughout the winter and often save you from needing furnace repair. However, keeping your heating system perfect is not easy. Your Flower Mound furnace repair experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating are available to help any time.

Most furnace repairs and upkeep is best left to an expert. However, there are some quick tips for making sure your furnace stays healthy. Simple cleaning of your furnace can often increase fuel efficiency and keep your furnace from overheating. Dirt and dust are major contributors to wasted energy and the overworking of your heating system. Cleaning the furnace filter should be the first step. Replace your furnace filter at the beginning of the heating season and then throughout every 4-6 weeks. Most furnaces in the southwest have removable disposable furnace filters and you should always follow the directions when changing them out.

If you have a gas furnace, checking the pilot light controls or the gas valves for leaks is important. The pilot light can go out in drafty houses as well as the opening becoming clogged. Pilot lights that won’t stay lit should be looked at by a professional as there may be a problem with the thermocouple. If you find and smell a gas leak, especially with propane powered units, open all windows and doors in the immediate area and get out of the house to call the gas company or the fire department to report a leak. Stay out of the house until the professionals say it is ok to come back inside.

Electrical furnace repair is often less expensive over the lifespan of the furnace, however, the operating cost can often be higher. Your Flower Mound TX furnace repair professionals can help get your system running efficiently in no time. Cleaning and adjusting your electric furnace at the beginning of each heating season will prove beneficial. Careful examination of fuses, breakers, filter, and blower motor will give you an idea what furnace repairs you will need to have done on your system before entering the winter months.

Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating are your Flower Mound furnace maintenance experts. Give them a call today at 972-420-1700 or visit them online for more information.

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.

Become a Member of the ‘Comfort Club’

Preventative MaintenanceSouthern Comfort Mechanical offers all of its customers the Comfort Club Service Plan. This is all a part of our preventative maintenance plan, which further carries on our mission of encouraging long-term customer relationships using the best service, top-notch professionalism and quality workmanship.

The Comfort Club Service Plan is our agreement to you to keep your HVAC system running in excellent condition. We want to keep your heating and air conditioning units in great shape and help you save money and energy.

With this plan, our Lewisville TX HVAC experts offer a 13-check inspection twice a year for your heating and air conditioning units. We want all customers to expect the very best service in a timely manner, as well as affordable rates.

We encourage all of our customers to take advantage of the Comfort Club Service Plan, as it can help individuals save money in the long run. Many customers have chosen the Comfort Club Service Plan. Let our Lewisville TX heating and cooling company handle all of your HVAC preventative maintenance needs. Call us today, or contact us online for more information.

Environmentally Conscious Heating Tips

Winter Heating TipsPlanetGreen.com is one of the best sources nationally pertaining to energy conservation and sustainable living. The website recently launched 10 top home heating tips as the country continues its battle with Old Man Winter.

Among the tips, proper insulation and ventilation proved to be a major topic of discussion. As the temperature drops, it’s more and more important to have good insulation. PlanetGreen.com speaks of draftpooling, which focuses on sealing the leaks around your windows and doors to keep the cool draft outdoors. Insulation strips, door sweeps and silicone caulk tubes should help in keeping the cold weather out and the heat in.

With draftpooling come proper ventilation techniques. The last thing you want is a comfortable facility that lacks good ventilation. Condensation can grow in places like this, which can cause mold and mildew. That can lead to health issues in extreme situations. PlanetGreen.com suggests cross-ventilation (opening a window or two for several minutes in a day) to combat homes that aren’t as ventilated.

In “going green” with fighting the winter, it is suggested to purchase radiant barriers. These energy-efficient items can cut heat loss significantly while keeping you warm. Also suggested are exterior storm windows, which can increase the temperature of an inside window by as much as 30 degrees.

However you decide to battle the cold with environmentally sound tactics, let our Lewisville TX heating experts answer your questions and assist you with winterizing your home. Call our Lewisville HVAC company today, or contact us online.

When to Change Your Furnace Filter

Furnace FilterOne of the age-old questions that tends to spark debates with heating and air conditioning experts is the following: “How often should a filter be changed?”

With the heat now running full blast in most homes, it’s important to have your furnace filter operating at all cylinders. A reliable furnace filter, in addition to protecting your HVAC system, will clean the air that you and your family breathe, removing dust and allergens and redistributing them. The filter is usually made of paper fiber or metal, specially designed to catch and collect the tiniest of duct particles.

While some experts say to change the filter once a month, others say filters can go three months without changing. Quite honestly, it depends on your home and its environment. If you have pets or are allergic to pollen or other outdoor allergens, it may be best to change the filter monthly. Keep in mind that filters can range in price from under a dollar all the way to $10 – and possibly more.

There’s no real answer to how often a filter should be changed, but you should use your judgment and be smart about your surroundings. Our Lewisville TX HVAC experts are here to assist you with all furnace filter queries. Feel free to give our Lewisville heating and cooling company a call, or contact us online for more information.

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