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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.

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.

 

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.

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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Southern Comfort Mechanical Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Southern Comfort Mechanical has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“Comfort Is Our Middle Name!”

“Only about 5 percent of the Heating and Air Conditioning companies in DFW have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 CONTACT:  Cheryl Reed, 317-396-9134, cherylr@angieslist.com

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Don’t Be Left in the Cold

The weather outside is frightful, but not as frightful as your unsafe furnace. If you are having to make constant repairs, you might need to consider replacing it. Here at Southern Comfort Mechanical, we offer multiple payment options for our Lantana and Flower Mound customers to make sure you get the heat and comfort you deserve this winter season.

We accept credit cards. All major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, as well as cash and check.

We offer installment loans through ACE Cash Express. It’s an instant loan decision; loans range from $200 – $2,000, and it’s an easy, secure application. Ask your technician, he can help you apply on the spot and make that heater repair you need.

For your major, complete HVAC system purchases, we offer year round special financing for 12 months with approved credit through Wells Fargo that is valid with any make and model.  Throughout the year, Trane offers amazing, hard to beat specials for qualifying Trane systems.

So, no matter what situation you find yourself in, remember Southern Comfort Mechanical has OPTIONS to satisfy all of our wonderful Lantana and surrounding customers! Don’t wait! Call our office today at 972-420-1700 to schedule your heating appointment.

Best of Denton County

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Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to announce we are the 2014 winners of Best Heat & Air Repair Company in Denton County! With over 300,000 casted votes, we are much honored to be titled “The Best!” We could not have done it without all of our loyal customers support. We are a small, family owned and operated company with little overhead, passing our savings down to you. With 45+ years of combined experience, our staff is dedicated to making you our priority for all of your air conditioning and heating needs. Based in Lewisville, we service, sell, and install all makes and models including Trane, Lennox and Carrier. We also have preventative maintenance agreements available. We work on both residential and commercial properties, no job is too small.

In honor of our win, we are giving new customers $25 off any repair for your heater or a/c. We want to show you why we earned this title. Be sure to mention “Best of” when scheduling your service call. Our office telephone is 972-420-1700.

The Best of Denton County is put on by Murray Media Group of Flower Mound.

 

 

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.

Why Choose Southern Comfort Mechanical?

It can be challenging to find a heating and air conditioning contractor that you can trust to service the HVAC systems in your Flower Mound home. At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we’re confident that our company meets the highest standards of service in the HVAC industry. We’re pleased to offer these key indicators that demonstrate why it’s a great decision to choose us for all of your heating and cooling needs.

Qualified HVAC Technicians

Service Guarantees

Licensed, insured, and certified, our professional service technicians are highly skilled experts who continue ongoing training to ensure that they’re up to date on all the latest technologies, methodologies, and products in the HVAC field. Our techs have received certification from industry leaders like Trane and Amana so you know that they have the skills to install, repair, and service the very best products in your home.

Emergency Services

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we understand that some repairs just can’t wait until regular business hours for service. For your convenience, our professional technicians are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Superior Customer Service

Because your home comfort is always our first priority, we offer a written guarantee that you’ll be 100% satisfied with all the work that we perform in your home. Our clean-cut technicians arrive at your door wearing shoe covers and make sure that everything is cleaned and vacuumed after every job.

When it comes to superior service, we go the extra mile when installing a new HVAC system in your home by including a free professional carpet cleaning after the work is completed.

The best time to choose a heating contractor is before you’re pressed into finding a Flower Mound heating company quickly for an emergency heater repair. Fortunately, whether you need to get a broken heater fixed immediately or you simply want to schedule a seasonal heating system tune-up, you can trust the experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical for professional service every time. We invite you to call us today at 972-420-1700 for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

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