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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.

Scare Tactics: The Other HVAC Company

What makes Southern Comfort Mechanical stand out from the rest of the Lewisville heating and air conditioning companies? Many things! Locally owned, always speak with an owner, small company with little to no overhead and the list goes on and on. Our customers are happy with us and we make them customers for life. Unfortunately though, some heating and air conditioning companies out there aren’t as friendly. They will try to sell you things you don’t need; parts, equipment, and even put you and your family in danger.

Recently, a new Dallas customer called us out to check their furnace. Another Lewisville company had been there and told them they needed a new furnace but the customer (thankfully) wasn’t sold. When Jason Fraser, owner, got there he immediately realized that the other HVAC company had shut off their gas! Yes, you heard me right. The other company even went so far as to shut his gas off telling him keeping it on would be a danger to him and his newborn child.

We ended up doing some duct work for this Dallas customer, nothing that requires a city permit. However, the competitor saw our trucks there and called Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) and tried to have our company shut down! They were so mad because they thought they didn’t get the job, they were willing to jeopardize our company and their name by filing a false claim.

If this can happen to us, a competing air conditioning company, imagine what could happen to you, the innocent customer? Please be weary of anyone trying to sell something you don’t think you need. Southern Comfort Mechanical is here for you. Honesty and integrity is our middle name. We offer free second opinions on new equipment, free estimates on new equipment, and free service calls with repairs. You work hard for your money, don’t throw it away on something you don’t need. We serve Lewisville and surrounding areas and are available 24/7.

Quality Heating System Repair for Flower Mound Homeowners

HeatingAt Southern Comfort Mechanical, we understand how frustrating it can be to have your heating system cease to work during the middle of a winter storm. Whenever an issue occurs that you did not plan for, the situation will often become chaotic and stressful. If this situation arises, we are here to help you overcome your heating system repair and take control of your HVAC system in no time. Most of the time, people will neglect proper maintenance of their system until something occurs that they cannot overlook. It is important to understand that repairing and maintaining your system is a year-round task.

Having heating system repair performed is just one of the ways to help ensure the safety of your family. As the technician inspects your unit, they will look through all of the small holes inside of the heat exchanger. Beyond inspecting the exchanger, they will also go through and make sure the electrical connections are secure. If any of these issues are neglected, they can lead to fatal consequences. A faulty electrical connection can lead to a carbon monoxide leak or fire.

Avoid any costly repairs in your heating system through a routine maintenance visit. Don’t wait until your system breaks down to enlist the help of a professional. If you choose to wait, you could end up with a system that ceases to work on one of the coldest days of the year. Undergoing preventative maintenance will help increase the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

As one of the Flower Mound heating company providers, we at Southern Comfort Mechanical ensure you will receive the best service possible. From insulation installation to simple repair and maintenance, we can help provide you with what you need quickly and effortlessly. Feel free to ask any questions or concerns of our qualified staff at 972.420.1700.

Prepare Your Heater for the Fall with Southern Comfort Mechanical

In the fall, temperatures in Denton County, Texas, often start to fall in the 50s or 60s from the 80s during the summer months. Dropping temperatures during the months of October and November leave many people in and around Flower Mound feeling colder, especially when they are outside at night. It’s important to have a furnace that is in working order because when fall approaches, you want to be able to turn up your heat during those cold days or nights when you and your family start to feel the chill.

Doing maintenance on, repairing, or replacing your heating system can be difficult if you don’t have advanced knowledge on furnaces and their parts. If you need a heating system inspection in Flower Mound or require a furnace repair or replacement, you want to work with company that’s fully equipped to provide any service that you need. At Southern Comfort Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning company out of Lewisville, we are dedicated to helping every customer to stay warm during the fall and winter months by providing quality heating inspections, maintenance work, repair jobs, and furnace replacement services.

Our company offers the Comfort Club service plan, which gives discounts that make getting maintenance, repairs, or replacements on your furnace affordable and easy. When you purchase our service plan, our experienced technicians come to your home to clean, adjust, and test your furnace and its various parts, including its evaporator coils, heating exchangers, and blowing belts. They also inspect and perform maintenance on your air conditioning unit during the summer months to keep your family feeling cool during the hottest time of the year. When you call us, we will get one of our highly-skilled and trained team members out to perform any maintenance or repair needed on your heater or air conditioner, and you can expect quality work every time.

Southern Comfort Mechanical’s AC and heating specialists want to help you avoid having a major heating problem in the middle of winter. Our company checks your furnace before the coldest months of the year to ensure that any problem is taken care of beforehand. We also let you know when a replacement is needed and help to make the process go as smoothly as possible. If you need a heating repair service during the wintertime, one of our specialists will get out to your home as soon as possible, whether the problem occurs during the night or weekend. You can call us for assistance any time, 24 hours a day, at 972-420-1700.

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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