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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.

Why Your Address Matters

In our last blog post, we discussed the evolving HVAC industry on a more global level, but there are local initiatives that continue to change and to affect Southern Comfort Mechanical clients in Corinth, Flower Mound, Lewisville and beyond.  The changing regulatory environment is not just some broad-reaching future issue — there are immediate down-home implications for your new equipment purchases that you should be aware of.  So, how does your location, or more specifically, your home address and city come into play?

Almost every city in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and some smaller enclaves have established municipal codes that exceed what is required at the state level.   Typically, you learn more about your cities unique code requirements during the installation of new equipment, which is a two-part process:  obtaining the Permit, which is required before any major HVAC installation is completed, and completing the Inspection, which is performed after installation and ensures that your system is configured up to code.  Most commonly, inspectors are examining your system for proper installation of your HVAC components and that system safety measures have been taken:

  • Duct work is free-hanging, accessible, not compressed, sealed and with appropriate clearance.  The B vent is the the correct size and direction.
  • P-traps are insulated, primary and auxiliary drain lines properly leveled, and float switches (if applicable) installed to prevent drain pan overflow.
  • Gas line is made of appropriate material (flex or hard pipe) and has the proper amount of clearance,  and a sediment trap installed to capture debris that could potentially cause the gas valve to stick open or cause system issues.
  • The condenser is installed on a concrete base and is level, has the correct breaker size and electrical wiring throughout.
  • Freon locking caps are installed.  (Note: This a newer requirement you may not be familiar with – this prevents refrigerant theft, the accidental release of Freon, and discourages the dangerous practice of “huffing” this toxic and potentially lethal gas.)
Freon locking caps prevent theft, protect the environment, and prevent the abuse of Freon as an inhalant.

Freon locking caps prevent theft, protect the environment, and prevent the abuse of Freon as an inhalant.

While those items are fairly standard, you should be aware that your local jurisdiction may have additional requirements.  Here’s the list of some local, notable additional requirements.

Flower Mound heating and air conditioning code requirements include completion of a heat load calculation prior to installation.  The heat load, known as a Manual S, is an in depth measurement of the heat loss or heat gain that is unique to your home.  A measurement of your walls, windows, roof and other factors are taken and a calculation within proprietary software is then made to determine the amount of heating or cooling needed to maintain the desired temperature and humidity in your home.  The heat load calculation ensures that we are installing appropriately sized equipment for your home.  Additionally, all breakers to your Flower Mound HVAC system must be labeled in permanent marker.

Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Frisco heating and air conditioning codes require Carbon Dioxide detectors be present in the home when new HVAC equipment is installed.  Southern Comfort Mechanical feels strongly about the safety of our customers so we apply this potentially life saving precaution to all installations, even if not explicitly required under local code.

Holding ourselves to the strictest level of codes across the board helps ensure that as additional jurisdictions add to their city code requirements, we have already met that need for your installation.

 

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.

Coppell TX Heating and Air Conditioning Service from Southern Comfort Mechanical

A home’s HVAC system has an enormous impact on the family’s comfort level while they are in the home. At the same time, an inefficient heating ventilation and air conditioning system can cause homeowners to incur additional expenses related to home energy costs. If you are looking for a Coppell TX heating and air conditioning service company, Southern Comfort Mechanical is a local company that can provide you with all of the vital services that you need. Our services include air conditioning services, heating services and repair services.

Air Conditioning Services

Before one of our professional HVAC specialists recommends the installation of a new air conditioning system, the specialist will complete a thorough air conditioning inspection. The inspection will help the specialist determine whether the air conditioning unit offers enough BTUs to adequately provide air conditioning for the space. The specialist can also inspect the air conditioning unit for any needed repairs. After this thorough assessment, the specialist can recommend whether the air conditioning unit should be repaired or completely replaced.

Heating Services

The Coppell TX heating company also provides extensive heating services. An HVAC specialist will inspect your furnace, ducts and other heating system components. The specialist can provide heating repair services if necessary. The specialist can also complete duct and insulation cleaning services. This service can extend the life of your heating system and may improve its ability to properly heat a home.

Sometimes it is more expensive to repair an old system than it is to replace the heating system. A professional HVAC specialist can install a new system. Most new heating systems are preferable to older systems. The HVAC system can install a variety of heating components, including the popular TRANE heating system to increase the efficiency of the home.

Preventative Services

Southern Comfort Mechanical can also assist customers by providing preventative services. A qualified HVAC specialist will periodically inspect your heating or air conditioning system, change filters, inspect drain pans, add lubrication and clean portions of the system. This maintenance will increase the lifetime of your appliance, as well as prevent future problems.

If you live in Coppell TX and you would like to have your heating or air conditioning system inspected, repaired or installed, give Southern Comfort Mechanical a call at 972-420-1700 to receive a free inspection and quote for the services that can dramatically benefit your system.

 

Trust the Flower Mound TX Furnace Repair Technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical

When it comes to your furnace repairs, you can be unsure of who to trust. With so many companies competing for your business, what is to stop some from trying to rip you off? Turns out, furnace fraud is a very big problem. An article published by the Better Business Bureau sheds some light on this issue.

Be sure to check the warranty on your system to see whether any repairs or replacements are covered. Remember that many heating systems come with long-term warranties.

If you are told that your furnace needs to be replaced because it is too small, think back to the last time it failed to properly heat your house. When purchasing a furnace, you should choose a unit large enough to handle the demands of your household. Do not waste money on a furnace that is larger than you need.

Once you decide that work needs to be done on your present system or you need a new system, be certain to hire a contractor with a good reputation for dependable, reasonably priced work. Ask friends, neighbors and colleagues for recommendations, and check out any company being considered with the Better Business Bureau.

This ever-popular evidence of furnace fraud is just another reason to trust our Flower Mound TX heating technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical. At Southern Comfort, we have never had a complaint, and proudly boast an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians treat your home with the utmost respect and care, and we aim for 100% customer satisfaction. We also provide financing options through Wells Fargo, as well as money-saving coupons and deals to be used for future services, meaning you will never have to worry about making ends meet. Trust Southern Comfort to have your heating problems solved today. For the best furnace repair and maintenance, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or contact us online.

New Heating System Installation and Financing Plan from Your Flower Mound TX Heating Expert

The New Year brings new opportunity! Southern Comfort Mechanical has great deals on new heating systems such as TRANE Comfort Systems. With the New Year comes new deals and your Flower Mound TX heating repair professionals are offering special financing for 36 months with approved credit on qualifying complete systems beginning January 15th and ending February 29th!

If your system is five to ten years old, it may be time to consider purchasing and installing a new heating system. If your home is a new build, your original heating system is a basic or cost-cutting low end model. Your heating and cooling bill will soon start to reflect the inefficiency of some of these models and installing a new system, such as a TRANE Comfort System; can pay for itself in just a few years in monthly savings.

Southern Comfort Mechanical employs TRANE certified technicians and recommends installation of TRANE heating systems. Being a TRANE Comfort Specialist protects the homeowner from equipment not performing to factory specifications.  Also, Comfort Specialist installers such as your Flower Mound heating system experts, Southern Comfort Mechanical, are able to offer the best financing and rebates of new heating systems.

With built in customer protection, certified TRANE Comfort Specialist technicians, and beneficial financing options, the energy efficiency and savings of a TRANE heating system is just a part of the many reasons to call Southern Comfort Mechanical for Flower Mound heating installation and heating repair.

Tax returns can be expected soon and tax credits on energy efficient heating system installations for next year, the time is right for your Flower Mound TX heating installation experts to fit your home with an energy and money saving deal. Visit the Southern Comfort Mechanical website for more details and offers or call 972-420-1700 to speak to the office.

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