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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.

Earth Day 2017 – Doing Our Part

On Saturday, April 22nd, over a billion people in 193 countries will be observing Earth Day 2017 with Science Marches, educational conferences and local initiatives.  For Southern Comfort Mechanical, your AC company servicing Flower Mound, we carry forward the mission of Earth Day year round.

 

 

Our industry is very closely aligned to environmental protection in a number of ways.  We strive to ensure that the byproducts of our industry make as little imprint on the environment as possible and that we educate our clients on the environmental changes in the industry that impact them.

It’s important to Southern Comfort Mechanical that we are being good stewards of the earth in our community.  In that spirit, our company recycles thousands of pounds of cardboard packaging and scrap metal each year to ensure that those components find new life again and again in the process.  Southern Comfort Mechanical Air Conditioning sends hundreds of pallets annually to a reuse and refurbishing center to extend the lifetime of use and keep those items from contributing to Corinth air conditioning service waste.  Perhaps most importantly, we responsibly handle and recycle refrigerant waste to keep it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to the rise in global temperatures.

 

Co-Owner Jason Fraser is fully committed to Southern Comfort Mechanical’s recycling program

 

Southern Comfort Mechanical is doing our part to promote environmental awareness not just with indoor air quality in the Flower Mound homes and businesses that we service, but in all of our daily business practices.  After all, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon famously said, “There is no Plan B, because there is no planet B.”

 

Interested in participating in Earth Day 2017?  The world’s largest Earth Day event just so happens to be held in north Texas this weekend!  Click below for event details.

 

Southern Comfort Mechanical Air Conditioning services Flower Mound, Corinth, Lewisville and surrounding areas.  

Contact our offices at 972-420-1700 to schedule air conditioning service and repair today.

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.

 

Commercial Repair & Maintenance

Here at Southern Comfort Mechanical, we take care of businesses from bakeries, to computer shops, to aquariums. All of which require year round specific temperatures. Temperatures matter and in order to keep and maintain that specific degree range, preventative maintenance and fast response time is crucial.

Most commercial properties need maintenance four times a year; spring, summer, winter and fall. Spring/Summer maintenance includes brushing condenser coils, cleaning out drain lines, changing filters, checking all electrical and Freon, and much more. Fall/Winter checkout includes inspection and adjustment of heat exchangers, burners, search for gas leaks and safety switch and again, much more.  Each checkout is very thorough and our technicians are highly trained to go through your system with a fine tooth comb. Should we find anything that needs repaired, we can repair that day as our trucks are fully stocked and we give discounts to those who have a contract with us.

Many times if you are in a lease agreement, there is a stipulation where you have to have a maintenance contract with licensed professionals. Southern Comfort Mechanical, a local Lewisville company, can customize an agreement to fit your businesses HVAC needs and make air conditioning repairs faster and more cost effective than other competitors. Whether you only want filter and belt changes or you need a whole system checkout we are here to help. Call us today at 972-420-1700 to speak with someone about setting up a maintenance plan to help fit your needs.

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Flower Mound – Capacitor Troubles?

As many of you know, there are easy ways to maintain your air conditioning system. Changing your filters regularly, keeping your condenser clear of pollen and bugs, and scheduling regular maintenance are ways to get the full life expectancy of your system. However, it’s inevitable that something could possibly go wrong. The consecutive 100 degree days are about to be upon us, the most common air conditioning part that fails is a condenser fan motor capacitor. That brings us to today’s topic, your capacitor. Where is it?  What does it do? What is it?

A capacitor, which is located in your condenser, regulates the voltage running to your motor. In its simplest form it consists of two conducting surfaces separated by a dielectric. There are many reasons your capacitor can go out – High temperatures and pressures, age of part, leaking has occurred, insulator deteriorated, or a power surge. With proper preventative maintenance, a failure may be avoided saving you money and frustration. Typical life expectancy of a capacitor is approximately 5 years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical, serving Flower Mound, Highland Village and surrounding areas, has technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no over time charges. With fully stocked trucks and knowledgeable technicians, we can get your system running in no time! Call us today at 972-420-1700.

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Left – Blown Capacitor. Right – New Capacitor

Is Your AC System Frozen Up? Helpful DIY Tips

After a long, hard day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a hot house. If your air conditioner is blowing warm air, check to see if your system is “frozen up.”  Go to your evaporator coil, which is typically located in the attic or hall closet. If you see ice, here are a few tips to help pin point the problem and to know what to financially expect.

First, you need to thaw it out. Turn your air conditioner off and your fan on. Be sure to have a bucket or pan to catch the water from it thawing out.

While the coil is thawing out, check your air filter. If it’s dirty and 100% clogged, you may have identified the problem. Remove the filter and go get a new one. Be sure to get the correct size. Once home, put the filter in. Do not turn on the system until it is completely thawed.  Once it is, turn it back on. If the air conditioner comes on and cool air is coming out, you’ve saved yourself a service call. If starts, but freezes up again it’s in all likelihood that you have low refrigerant. If you never heard the indoor fan motor come on at all, then it is your motor.

In order to avoid any of these common problems, preventative maintenance is key. Give Southern Comfort Mechanical a call at 972-420-1700 and schedule your check up today!

 

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The Importance of a Working Heat Pump

heating repair technicianAs a home or business owner in Highland Village, TX, you need a working heat pump in order to ensure your comfort throughout the months of cold weather. If your heating system experiences a problem, the technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical offer dependable repairs as well as preventive maintenance to keep your system operating at its peak level of performance. Our heating and air conditioning service technicians explain the benefits and importance of a working heat pump.

Cost
When it comes to cost effective home heating solutions, heating systems that use pumps require less electricity or fuel to operate compared to other types of heating equipment. During the summer months, the pump shares the workload with your central air conditioning system, extending the lifespan of both units. If you are considering listing your home on the local real estate market, a working pump will increase your home’s resale value.

Environmentally Friendly
Heating equipment like pumps do not release carbon monoxide or dioxide during their routine operations. This means a lower risk of toxic gas buildup in your home, as well as less environmental degradation compared to the use of a gas furnace.

Comfort
Heating systems that utilize a pump offer a more consistent level of indoor comfort. Pump systems offer superior humidity control so that the air in your home or business is not too dry during the winter months, a common problem with furnaces. The newest pumps offer split phase and multi-phase speed fans and motors to improve airflow throughout your living and working spaces.

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we offer heating system repair, maintenance, and installation services for homes and businesses. We have built a solid reputation throughout the Highland Village area for providing heating services that are reliable, efficient, and affordable. When you need Highland Village heating services, we look forward to assisting you. Call our team today at 972-420-1700 to schedule your heating system service.

Conserve Energy this Summer by Programming Your Thermostat

As a homeowner in Highland Village, you may be wondering how you can conserve energy this summer. Taking simple steps to conserve energy can lead to a significant savings on your monthly utility bills and reduces wear and tear on your air conditioning system. One of the easiest ways you can conserve energy this summer is by programming your thermostat. Our air conditioning experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical can show you how to save energy.

Scheduling Options

Most programmable thermostats offering a convenient scheduling feature that allows you to set a schedule for your weekly activities. Your thermostat may offer a 7 day schedule, a 5 plus 2 day schedule for weekdays versus weekends, or a 5 plus 1 plus 1 schedule for weekdays and then two different weekend schedules. Your thermostat has four time of the day settings, which include wake, daytime, evening and night. Programmable thermostats also have vacation and hold settings to retain your schedule for an extended period of time. Our air conditioning service technicians will show you how to navigate through these options to set up your system schedule.

Temperatures

To achieve the best level of energy conservation this summer, schedule your programmable thermostat to raise the temperature of your home by at least 7 degrees while you are away from home and by 4 degrees while you are asleep. By utilizing these features, you could save hundreds of dollars on your utility costs and reduce your home’s environmental impact.

Programmable Thermostat Hints

Check your thermostat’s battery every six months to ensure it retains your settings. Our air conditioning service technicians can also do this for you during your spring and fall tune-up visits. Avoid the temptation to tinker with the thermostat settings, as doing so can reduce your air conditioning system’s ability to conserve energy.

At Southern Comfort Mechanical, we offer a complete line of air conditioning services in Highland Village to help you conserve energy this summer. Our professional air conditioning technicians take the time to walk you through the programming process for your programmable thermostat. When you need air conditioning services in Highland Village and the surrounding areas, our team at Southern Comfort Mechanical is here for you. Call us any time of the day or night at 972-420-1700 for AC repair or service.

Air Conditioning Repair in Flower Mound

It’s Texas, and unless you have preventative AC maintenance to get your system ready for 24/7 use over this summer, you may be facing a problem. Because we use our cooling systems so much during the year to combat 100-degree days, our air conditioners are more likely to wear and break-downs. Our job here at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating is to get your air conditioner fixed as quickly as possible. We provide our customers with air conditioning repair in Highland Village as well as preventative maintenance of systems.

We see it every year. Many of the homes to which we provide air conditioning repair could have avoided a breakdown with a system check. Consider our Comfort Club service plan. This plan covers two visits per year by one of our heating and cooling experts. The technician will check your heater before the winter or your air conditioner before the summer to ensure that it is in good working order. Such a check can go a long way toward avoiding the need for a repair during the heat of summer.

For Highland Village TX AC repair, our licensed air conditioning repair technicians are second to none. You get only the best quality service and products when we fix your AC system. With more than 10 years in the air conditioning business in the Highland Village and Lewisville area, you know that you can trust us to get your system fixed, even in an emergency. In Texas, 100-degree summer days without air conditioning can be life-threatening. Heat exhaustion can quickly set in, especially for the elderly or young children. That’s why we offer emergency AC repairs available 24 hours a day, because anytime your air conditioner goes out, it is an emergency.

When the heat is on and your air conditioner is not, give us a call at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating at 972-420-1700 to have our technicians come out and fix your system.

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