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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…

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.




Earth Day 2016

More than a billion people worldwide will participate in observance of Earth Day today, April 22. In our little pocket of the world, as A/C and Heating Specialists in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Lantana, Argyle and all our surrounding communities, Southern Comfort Mechanical is doing our part to promote environmental awareness not just with indoor air quality in the homes and businesses that we service, but in all of our business practices day in and day out.

In addition to the general paper, plastic and glass recycling services we engage for our office, we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste and preserve resources at our shop wherever possible.

We remove refrigerants from all HVAC units we replace and recycle those through a reputable vendor to ensure those chemicals are not released into the environment. With our responsible Refrigerant Management Protocol, you can rest assured that any equipment you replace is handled according to EPA standards.

Southern Comfort Mechanical also scraps metal from all machinery that cannot be repaired so that raw materials find new life over and over again.

And we break down and recycle the cardboard packaging for the equipment that we install in area homes and businesses. There is an enormous amount of resources used to package and protect the products we bring to you, and recycling that packaging keeps it out of our landfills.

SCM Recycling Program

Almost 1,000 Pounds of Packaging

In addition, all our pallets are sent to a reuse and refurbishing center so that they get a maximum lifetime of use.

SCM Recycling Program

Pallets by the Pile!

As you’d expect from your preferred A/C repair specialists, we also look to maximize efficiency through state-of-the-art customizable and programmable heating and air-conditioning systems.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats remind us when maintenance is due.

By choosing Southern Comfort Mechanical, you’re choosing a local A/C specialist that cares about the environment you live in, inside and out. Happy Earth Day!

“Comfort is our middle name.”

Indoor Air Quality in Flower Mound

Southern Comfort Mechanical is a certified air conditioning dealer of the REME air purification system. This 45 minute installation could save you and your family suffering from allergies to colds to even strep and the Norovirus. According to a report by the EPA, the air in your Flower Mound home has 2-5X more typical pollutant than the air outside. Do you often find a cold gets passed from one person in your family to the next? This will help eliminate that common issue. So what is this purifier? How does it work?

A simple installation; the REME unit is mounted into your air conditioning and heating system. It is placed in the air supply plenum.  When your HVAC system is running, the REME unit creates an Advanced Oxidation Process consisting of: Ionized Hydro-peroxides, superoxide ions and hydroxide ions. So what does that mean? Basically the air coming out of your AC vents are attacking the pollutants in your home, oxidizing them much like the same way when you pour hydrogen peroxide on a cut. It’s killing the bacteria. It attacks the pollutants in the air and on surfaces. It has been proven that it reduces germs in a sneeze by 98% BEFORE they travel 3 feet.

Not only does the REME make your air healthy, it also eliminates odors from pets, cooking, and mold and eliminates dust, dander, pollen and other allergens by up to 99%. Flower Mound has higher pollen counts than the national average. If you are an allergy sufferer, you will benefit from this. The patented technology is used in major hotel and restaurant chains, hospitals, cruise lines, child care centers, and businesses across the country. It’s also made in America. Why wouldn’t you want the best air quality for your family? Southern Comfort Mechanical keeps these in stock and can be installed in short time. Call Southern Comfort Mechanical today and make us your Flower Mound AC, Heating and Indoor Air Quality experts of choice! 972-420-1700.

Lower Your Utility Bills Today with Southern Comfort Mechanical

Lake Dallas TX air conditionerAs with any appliance in your home, getting the most for your money from your air conditioning system is important to any homeowner. To do this, you need to ensure your air conditioning unit is running as efficiently as possible – ensuring yourself the lowest possible monthly utility bills in the process. The reliable Lake Dallas TX air conditioning experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical can check your system for efficiency, so you’ll never have to worry about paying more than you should.

By ensuring your system is running efficiently, our trusted technicians can make sure your system is environmentally friendly, so you know you’re doing your part to help save the environment, all while saving much-needed money off your monthly bills. Lowering your carbon footprint is on almost everyone’s to-do list these days, and you can start with your cooling system.

The first step to efficiency in your system starts with a thorough cleaning, and you can rely on us to perform this tiresome task for you. By insisting that your system is as clean as can be, you’re asking the same of the air that comes out of it – meaning your family will only breathe in the cleanest, highest quality air. This is imperative for those with allergies or lung-related breathing issues, as the presence of dust, dirt, pollen, and other everyday allergens in your air can easily irritate these issues.

By demanding the highest quality air for your home, you’re truly putting the needs of your family first. Rely on our trusted technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical to ensure your system is as efficient as can be – and your utility bills are as low as possible.

With any questions, comments, or to schedule an air conditioning inspection today, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or visit us online today.

Air Duct Cleaning for Indoor Air Quality

During the summer, much attention is paid to proper attic insulation, air conditioning unit inspections and coolant levels, along with putting your thermostat on an energy efficient cycle. However, cleaning your air ducts can often be an overlooked yet very important step in air conditioning effectiveness.

Highland Village TX air duct cleaning service from Southern Comfort & Mechanical is a vital part of keeping the air in your home not only clean, but flowing productively. An air duct system is a breeding ground for bacteria, animal dander, mold, and dust mites. These impurities can cause allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, infections and disease. Proper ventilation not only ensures the indoor air quality is up to stringent standards, but also removes smells, excess moisture, introduces outside air, removes bacteria, keeps air circulating throughout your home, and prevents stagnation.

Southern Comfort & Mechanical utilizes state-of-the-art air duct cleaning equipment to eliminate the contaminants in your home air duct structure that may be harmful to you, your family or your employees. According to McKinsey Quarterly, dirty coils and ducts use as much as 30% more energy than clean ones and the EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five health risks. Your Highland Village air conditioning company will help you eliminate the risk.

Southern Comfort & Mechanical uses Rotobrush® Duct Cleaning Technology. Rotobrush® cleans where others can’t. View the video for more information regarding this state-of-the-art technology.

Give your Highland Village Texas air duct cleaning professionals a call today to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently and protecting you from unnecessary pollutants.

The Advantages of TRANE

cooling/heatingSouthern Comfort Mechanical A/C and Heating Specialists of Flower Mound are now TRANE Comfort Specialists. TRANE has many advantages in one’s home regarding air quality. TRANE removes near one hundred percent of allergens such as smoke, pet dander, and pollen from your home. Your air will smell fresh and you will be free of the sneezing and itchy eyes caused by everyday household particles.

Southern Comfort’s specialists can also provide the perfect size system for your home eliminating temperature differences from room to room. Right now, buy our TRANE heating and cooling system and get a fully programmable thermostat for free!

Sometimes outdoor conditions or the wrong size air handlers can cause air to be uncomfortably dry. A humidifier for the whole house can keep air moist and prevent excess circulation of dust through the home.

North Texas is often a problem when the air in your home becomes too humid. Your Flower Mound TRANE Comfort specialists can install TRANE products perfect for your home. The free fully programmable thermostat will with purchase will better control the air flow in the house extracting more of the moisture from the inside air. Call your Flower Mound air conditioning specialists to schedule an appointment today.


Now is the Time for an AC Inspection

AC InspectionThe summer’s coming at a rapid pace, and dealing with an air conditioning problem should have been handled prior to the start of the spring season. Unfortunately, most people won’t give their AC units proper maintenance in preparation for the hot temperatures until right about now – or even later in the spring as temperatures start to rise.

Just like you have your furnace serviced in the fall to ensure efficient heating for the colder months, your air conditioner should be inspected and serviced by a professional HVAC contractor every spring to ensure it runs well throughout the summer months. Let our Lewisville TX cooling technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating handle your next air conditioner inspection.

Having your AC serviced now will our Lewisville HVAC experts ample  time to make any necessary repairs to your unit and have it ready to go just in time for potential triple-digit summer temperatures. Our quality inspection will ensure that the AC is draining correctly and the condensing unit is working as intended. Our technicians also may need to clean the inside of the unit, vacuum away leaves and dirt and dispose of random debris that can be harmful to your unit.

Our inspections also include checking wiring for fire hazards, checking coolant levels and cleaning condensation lines. Additionally, we may be able to suggest upgrades to your unit if it is not providing sufficient cooling.

Let our Lewisville TX air conditioning specialists ensure comfort, maximum efficiency and lower utility bills for your home as we prepare for the summer. Give our Lewisville HVAC company a call today, or visit us online for more details.

‘Going Green’ With Your HVAC System

Going Green & HVAC Maintenance“Going green” is a phrase that is used quite commonly. Nearly everyone knows the term has an environmentally sound connotation.

Saving the planet is a big deal, and using economical, energy-efficient methods around the house has become the norm for many families. When linking energy efficiency to your air conditioning unit, it’s a must to look into a reliable maintenance program. Our Lewisville HVAC experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating offer first-class HVAC maintenance plans that will provide peace of mind to all residential and commercial property owners.

As with any machine, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance in order to offer peak performance. Proper maintenance gives your air conditioner an extended life span, and it will save you money in the long run. Our Lewisville heating and cooling technicians provide seasonal air conditioner and furnace services, including precision tune-ups and thorough cleaning of air conditioners during the spring and summer and furnaces during the fall and winter.

If you are looking to “go green,” this plan may be the perfect solution for you. Call our Lewisville TX HVAC company today, or contact us online for more information on environmentally efficient benefits for your unit.

Preventing Allergies with Duct Cleaning, Indoor Air Quality

Air Duct CleaningAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, the connection between respiratory issues and mold and allergens can all be traced to proper – or improper – indoor air quality. Among the stronger allergens found in the air, ironically, is common house dust.

What many don’t realize is that house dust can be heavily contaminated with disgusting particles such as cast skins and fecal matter from dust mites. With the help of one ounce of dust, as many as 40,000 dust mites can grow and mature. Even the cleanest house in the world can have dust mites, which means allergies are high-risk at all times. It also is a fact that dust mites can be a major factor in respiratory issues and even asthma.

Allergy shots are a good idea, but when it comes to maintaining respiratory issues, our Lewisville TX HVAC representatives at Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating suggest a thorough air duct cleaning, as well as the installation of new air filters. Dirt and dust accumulates in air ducts, which results in a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Duct cleaning reduces allergens and also increases the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

Contact our Lewisville indoor air quality specialists for more information on preventative measures to avoid allergies and other respiratory problems. Call our Lewisville TX cooling company today, or visit us online for more information.

Identifying and Preventing Black Mold

Black MoldAs disgusting as it may sound, mold is a part of everyday life. With humidity, there’s mold, and with mold toxins, there comes all the allergies and other conditions we tend to associate mold with.

One form of mold that can cause serious problems is black mold. This can be found anywhere in the home but is most commonly found in duct work or on the ceilings or walls. Black mold grows best in dark, moist environments. The most common visible sign of black mold will be a patch of dark speckles.

Black mold is the result of high humidity incorporated with low ventilation. It can cause major health issues and often times starts off with unexplained rashes or other allergic reactions. Living in an area with a high black mold count can lead to respiratory problems that can be extremely harmful.

In order to remove black mold, a highly trained HVAC professional must be called, as parts of a wall or area in your home may have to be removed altogether. You may clean black mold off a specific area, but microscopic spores still exist, which could result in the mold returning. One step for early prevention is to install a dehumidifier in your home. Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture level in your home or office.

Regular air duct services should be scheduled in an effort to prevent black mold in your environment. Our Lewisville TX HVAC specialists can assist you with more information about black mold and how it can endanger your health. Give our Lewisville heating and cooling company a call today, or visit us online for details.

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