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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

With the temperatures fluctuating in the 80s and 90s in the Lewisville, Lantana and Flower Mound areas lately, it probably feels strange to think about your home heating system right now.  But take a look at your calendar: Fall is here, and the famously temperamental Texas weather is sure to deliver cooler temperatures when we least expect it.  Although you may not turn on your heater until November, now is the ideal time to prepare it for the heavy lifting ahead.

Why Early Fall is the Optimal Time for Heating Maintenance

  • Convenience – Because you do have the luxury of a bit more time, you can plan your appointments ahead of time to better meet your schedule.  Waiting until you need your heating system and finding out there’s an issue at the last minute is decidedly inconvenient, and puts you at risk of going longer without heat.  Take advantage of the time you have and schedule your maintenance today.
  • Preparedness – Fall weather is often unpredictable. You never know when the first chilly, rainy day may blow through. It’s prudent to have a heater that’s in prime condition and operating reliably long before the official start of winter.
  • Prevention – Maintenance on your system before you need to fire it up for the first cold day will identify any repairs that need to be completed well in advance.  If anything does come up that requires scheduling a separate furnace repair, you’ll have the benefit of being able to plan ahead.

To take some of the guesswork out of maintaining your heating and air conditioning system, we suggest signing up for the Southern Comfort Mechanical Comfort Club, which includes two seasonal preventive maintenance appointments and notification when your system is due for servicing.  In addition, the program provides other benefits.  To learn more, please visit our Maintenance Program page.  We pride ourselves on being the best heating and air conditioning company servicing Lantana, Lewisville, Flower Mound and the surrounding areas and look forward to helping you maintain your furnace properly so that you get the most out of your investment.

Valentines Day and Early Spring Prediction

We all wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and a happy Groundhog Day from your friends at Southern Comfort Mechanical. Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicts an early spring this year, so get your warm clothes out and keep your eyes open for spring cleaning tips from us.

Here’s what you’ve missed in the last few months! We’ve been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row as well as the Best of Denton County’s Heating and Air Service Company for the second year in a row. Thank you to all of our amazing customers for your continuous support and fantastic reviews!ALBODC_Winner2015 (2)

 

In other news, our lovely co-owner, Laurie, made an appearance at SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s special homecoming after the tight knit community of Lantana came together to help him after he suffered life-threatening injuries to both of his legs from an IED blast during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

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“The event was a lovely showmanship of all active sponsors, law enforcement and neighbors.  I walked away loving the community of Lantana even more than before!” said Laurie.  He received a Bronze star, Purple Heart and a Combat Action Medal for his service to our country. Being a part of the community is essential to Southern Comfort Mechanical’s core values and being a part of this ceremony was truly touching. The full article on SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s story can be read here on Lantana Living’s website.

That being said, we’d like to wrap up by offering you a quick tip. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running well all year long. That means, changing your filters, having your wires inspected, and cleaning out your condenser coils to name a few preventative measures. This month, take advantage of our 13 point checkout precision tune up! See the coupon below and use the discounted price while it still lasts!

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Last but not least, here is the link to our Valentines Day contest. Simply like the photo linked on our Facebook page and you will be entered to win $100 to go towards a lovely dinner for two <3 Encourage your friends and family to like our Facebook page to get in on this fun contest!

 

Argyle Furnace Safety Inspections

Not only does maintenance “maintain” and prolong the life of your Argyle heating and cooling system, it’s also recommended for the safety of your home. Furnaces are one of the leading causes of home fires here in North Texas. Did you know half of home heater related fires are reported during the month of December, January and February? Having a professional, certified technician can put you at ease when it comes to turning on your furnace. Right now, we are running a $59 furnace safety inspection to help put your mind at ease.

So what does our furnace safety inspection include?

  • Checking your heat exchanger – If there is debris caught in it, that is a potential fire hazard
  • Checking your drain line and drain pan – if clogged, could cause ceiling or wall damage
  • Checking for gas leaks – harmful gases being inhaled by family
  • Test safety control – insuring your system will cut off to prevent further damage to your system
  • And much more…

If our certified technician finds anything wrong with the system, we have fully stocked service vehicles and more often not we are able to fix it on the spot. Call your trusted Argyle company, Southern Comfort Mechanical at 972-420-1700 today, to schedule this limited time furnace safety inspection.

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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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How to Program Your Thermostat for Savings this Winter

ThermostatKeeping your home at a temperature that is comfortable throughout the winter months is one of the benefits of modernized heating and cooling systems. To use your system properly, you will need to learn how to set the temperature of your thermostat correctly to save money. Southern Comfort Mechanical can help ensure any heating system repair is properly addressed before the cold winter months set in.

Programming a thermostat beforehand can help ensure your home is at the perfect temperature at just the right time. It can work to raise the temperature of your home during the cool morning hours when everyone is waking up, which helps make it nice and warm while everyone is eating breakfast and preparing for his or her day. As everyone leaves the home for the day, the thermostat will go down and help lower the temperature to save you money.

Even though a manual thermostat can do the same thing, it is up to the homeowner to remember to turn the thermostat up or down accordingly. Manual thermostats do not anticipate the events of the family, so they will continually need readjusting. To make things easier, the programmable thermostat works for families who are constantly on the go.

Many homeowners already have a programmable thermostat inside of their home, but the key point to remember is that it needs to work properly to save you money. If the thermostat is not properly functioning, it will only end up costing you more on your energy bills throughout the winter. It is imperative that you have your heating and cooling system thoroughly inspected before the cold winter temperatures arrive. The last thing you want to worry about is having your system go out at the most inopportune time of the year.

If you are concerned with your heating and cooling system, you can enlist the advice and assistance of Southern Comfort Mechanical at 972.420.1700. Not only will they work to provide you with an accurate estimate for your Flower Mound heating system, but also they will ensure you are provided with exceptional service for all of your heating problems.

Preventative Maintenance for Heating Systems with the Comfort Club

When it comes to your heating system, making sure it is running efficiently at all times is of the utmost importance. Your heating system is one of the most important units in your home, and should be treated as such with the proper care and maintenance. With preventative maintenance from our Flower Mound TX heating experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical, you can rest assured your heating system will be in the best hands possible.

As a member of the Comfort Club from Southern Comfort Mechanical, your heating system will get the proper maintenance and attention it requires. Becoming a member of our service plan allows you to enjoy the benefits of priority scheduling and discounted prices, meaning you will never have to worry about being left in the cold after a sudden system shutdown. We can detect small problems before they become larger ones, taking steps to repair them in the fastest, most efficient, and most cost-effective manner possible. We will run and test your furnace, clean and adjust your burners, change your filters, check for gas leaks, and a host of other necessary heating services needed to get you ready for the colder months. These maintenance services will extend the lifespan of your equipment, allowing you to rest easy when it comes to the health and quality of your heating system.

For all your residential heating needs, Southern Comfort Mechanical is the company to count on. For additional information regarding preventative maintenance, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or contact us online today.

Winter Heating Tips from Your Flower Mound TX Heating Repair Company

The winter months are upon us and your Flower Mound TX heating installation and repair company, Southern Comfort Mechanical, want you to consider some heating tips from Energy Star to help save energy and money on heating your home or business.

Maintain heating equipment. Dirt and neglect are the number one causes of heating system failure, so be sure to maintain your equipment. Now is a good time to schedule a pre-season checkup of your heating equipment with a licensed contractor to make sure your system is operating at peak performance. Check your system’s air filter every month. When it is dirty, change it. At a minimum change it every 3 months.

Use a programmable thermostat. Regulate your home’s temperature while you’re away or asleep by using one of the convenient pre-programmed settings on a programmable thermostat. When used properly, programmable thermostats can save you up to $180 every year in energy costs.

Seal air leaks in your home. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Sealing air leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a significant impact on improving your comfort and reducing energy bills. If you are adding insulation to your home, be sure to seal air leaks first, to ensure you get the best performance from your insulation. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages). Also, make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. Whether you are replacing light bulbs or appliances in your home, ENERGY STAR qualified products can help you save energy and reduce energy bills. The label can be found on more than 60 types of products ranging from heating and cooling equipment to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Also, look to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for advice on other ways you can save at home such as using power strips as a central ‘turn-off’ point for electronics and office equipment, making sure computers and monitors are “powered down” when not in use and reversing the blade rotation on ceiling fans to help spread warm air around a room.

Southern Comfort Mechanical offers heating repair and heating maintenance in Flower Mound TX and surrounding cities. Call 972.420.1700 today for all your heating needs or visit us online to schedule service.

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