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ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday 2017

ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday 2017

May 27-29, 2017

May is National Home Improvement Month and also features a very important sales tax holiday. Texas shoppers can get a break from state and local sales tax on purchases of certain  ENERGY STAR® energy-efficient products tax-free during the annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday. This 2017 Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, May 27 through Monday May 29th.

Qualifying Products

The products qualifying for the exemption are:

  • air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less)
  • ceiling fans
  • dehumidifiers
  • refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less)
  • incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • clothes washers
  • dishwashers

All qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo on the product or its packaging. Only the products listed will be eligible for the exemption. Other products not on the list are not eligible even though they may have an Energy Star designation.  See the Texas Comptroller website for details.

 

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Additional Savings

Take full advantage of the Sales Tax holiday and have Southern Comfort Mechanical provide a free air conditioning estimate for your Corinth home.  Save even more money with Trane equipment trade-in allowances of up to $1,000 or take advantage of 0% financing for up to 60 months with approved credit on qualifying systems* through May 31st.

 

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If you are interested in purchasing a new A/C system for your Flower Mound home, call the experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical today at 972-420-1700.  Our certified technicians and project managers are here to help you choose the ENERGY STAR energy-efficient equipment that best suits your home.

 

 **The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 01/06/2016 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/2017.

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.

 

 

 

Record Global Temperatures and Furnace Maintenance

Climatologists at NASA have determined that 2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.  Thanks to an exceptionally powerful El Niño effect this year, we’ve seen six consecutive record-breaking months, some of which exceeded previous records by a full degree.

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While it might not have been the hottest year for our local Lewisville, Lantana, Corinth and Denton areas, we certainly have felt the impact of nearly no winter or discernible autumn weather patterns this year, meaning your air conditioner has been working overtime and you may be tempted to delay turning your furnace on for as long as possible to save energy costs.  While that’s understandable, the longer you wait to test your system, the less time you’ll have for maintenance and heating repairs.

With the recent demise of the El Niño that has driven these spiking temperatures, NOW is the time to prepare your furnace for the coming winter months.  The capricious North Texas weather may find you switching between heating and cooling over the coming weeks, so preventive maintenance is especially important to help prolong the anticipated lifespan of your air conditioning and heating system and keep you happily enjoying a home climate you can control and rely on.

Call our office to schedule and we will gladly have our technicians help you get started on our Comfort Club comprehensive annual preventive maintenance program or opt for a one-time furnace inspection with our November promotion.  As always, you can turn to us for any of your HVAC maintenance and repair needs in the Argyle, Flower Mound, Lewisville and surrounding cities.

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Western Days 2016

Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Lewisville Western Days Festival for the third year straight! This two day festival, September 23 & 24, will take place in Old Town Lewisville. With three live music stages featuring national and regional live music, The Legends of Texas Gun Fighters, Kids Kountry, as well as the 12th annual World Tamale Eating Championship and the revered Longhorn Cattle Drive Parade, there is fun and activities for all ages!

Come visit us in our “Cool Zone” which will be cooled by working Trane systems. We’ll have balloons for the kiddos, our Dog Cooling Station for your pups, as well as a fun, free photobooth to help commemorate the day. Find us in the heart of the award-winning Wayne Ferguson Plaza near the Craft Beer Pavilion and Plaza Stage.

Speaking of stages, are you ready to sit in the “Coolest Seat in the House?” That’s right, you could win two (2) tickets to be on stage while the headlining act is performing – pretty cool, right? Winners also receive passes to the hospitality suite and bragging rights to a truly unique experience. We will be giving away two (2) pairs of tickets for each headlining act. This year, Friday’s headliner is the Eli Young Band playing at 10pm and Saturday’s headliner is the Old 97s, hitting the stage at 10 pm.  Enter to win today – and like Southern Comfort Mechanical on Facebook for an extra entry in the contest!

Be a part of the show! Fill in the form below to enter the "Coolest Seat in the House" contest!

Be a part of the show! Fill in the form below to enter the “Coolest Seat in the House” contest!

 

 

CONTEST ENDED 09/24/16 – THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

 

Lewisville Western Days Festival

Friday, Sept. 23
5 – 11:30 p.m.
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 Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for free download here.
Tickets for admission are free each day until 7pm, after which it’s $10admission fee for everyone except children 10 and under.

Proper Care for your HVAC System as it Ages

In many of the communities we serve, the average age of homes exceeds ten years. While new construction continues in many areas such as Lantana, Argyle, Flower Mound and Highland Village, several homes in those areas are now at the point where they no longer are under a new home warranty, so maintenance becomes more and more about prevention and efficiency. This is particularly true for your HVAC system. Here are some tips and pointers for caring for your system as that time approaches for your home:

Perform basic maintenance. Periodically check and change your filters and dust your vents and registers. Keep your intakes clear of furniture or other blockages. Clear grass, leaves and debris away from exterior condensers and rinse the condensing unit with water from your garden hose as part of routine preventative maintenance.

Service your system professionally. Commit to having your air conditioning systems professionally serviced prior to the seasons that are most taxing to your A/C and heating equipment – summer and winter. Biannual service, whether as part of our Comfort Club membership or your regular home preventative maintenance plan, helps ensure that the HVAC components that keep your system operating at peak performance are properly tested, cared for and monitored for wear and tear.

Review your electrical consumption from year to year. If you check your gas and electrical bills and find your usage steadily increasing over a period of years, it is a good indicator that your that your A/C system is having to work harder to meet the demand placed on its components. This increase in energy consumption is a sign that the overall A/C system is aging and that standard maintenance may no longer be enough to keep your A/C system performing.

Make timely repairs. Short-cycling, uneven cooling, loud operation, unusual noises, etc., are all indicators that your A/C system is in need of repair. Delaying repair only prolongs the potential for additional damage to the compressor which will only shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system.

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Consider replacement. An air conditioning system in regular need of repair or rebalance will eventually become more cost prohibitive than installing a new system. Cost considerations include the rapidly rising costs of R-22* refrigerant used in older units, parts and labor, time, energy consumption, and a sacrifice in comfort and indoor air quality, just to name a few. Air conditioners have a manufacturers estimated lifespan; if your unit has reached that age or is showing signs of failure or inefficiency, it is time to have your A/C system evaluated for recommended repair or component replacement. Current models that make use of improved refrigerants and utilize the latest technology will deliver more efficiency and will be backed by a warranty that better protects your investment.

As always, we hope you will choose Southern Comfort Mechanical as your Lewisville area partner in the care of your HVAC system. We are here to keep your system functional and healthy for the full extent of its lifespan. Please contact us today if you are in need of preventive maintenance, repair or replacement or if you have questions about how to get the most efficiency out of your unit.

*A note on R-22: Many systems manufactured before 2010 still use a coolant known as R-22. The EPA began phasing out this refrigerant at that time and continues to step down the amount available for sale each year. This decrease in supply will mean that the cost of R-22 that is used in these older units continues to steadily rise in price. In the next three years, the supply available will fall to only .5% of what was available in 2010. That scarcity will make the cost of maintaining older units incredibly pricey.

Hometown A/C and Heating Company

 

We are honored to be able to say that the City of Lewisville has chosen us to be their exclusive HVAC Company. We have been suggested by our fellow business owners as a staple piece of the community and were described as the “Hometown A/C Company” and for that we are flattered. We are so glad to serve our city as well as our extended cities such as Lantana and Flower Mound. To commemorate this, we were given the opportunity to showcase our team and values through this video found on their City of Lewisville website page.

 

We hope you enjoy it, share it, and even have a little laugh. And if that doesn’t give you a good laugh, we’re sure our bloopers reel will (we’re definitely not professional actors!). With this, we’d like to thank all of our heating and air conditioning clients for their continued support throughout the years, especially the last two years in which we’ve won the Best of Denton County awards. We hope to keep your support as nominations and voting are coming up. Again, thank you to all of our supporters and customers. You are the reason we do what we do! Enjoy!

Christmas: Giving Back

Southern Comfort Mechanical was proud to partner with Mission Moms: Operation Christmas Kindness again this year. Mission Moms strives to teach children about the importance of giving back. The Moms and their children collected the gifts at local gift drops and then were able to wrap the gifts to distribute to the families in need. This year they had a goal to provide Christmas gifts to over 400 local families, which they were able to accomplish.

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Southern Comfort Mechanical was also able to partner with Classic of Denton. The monetary donation went towards a goal of adopting 200 families through Spirit Horse Therapy, Hope of Denton, Denton Independent School District and Serve Denton.

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We would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s.

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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Western Days 2015

Southern Comfort Mechanical is proud to announce that we are once again sponsoring the 2015 Lewisville Western Days. This two day festival, September 25 & 26, will take place in Old Town Lewisville. With three live music stages, The Legends of Texas Gun Fighters, Kids Kountry, as well as the tamale eating contest and Cattle Drive Parade, there is fun and activities for all ages! This year ticketing will be a little different than years back. After 7 pm on both nights, there will be a $10 admission fee for everyone except children 10 and under. Come visit us in our “Cool Zone” which will be cooled by working Trane systems. We will also have face painting and balloons for the kiddos!

We also are hosting the “Coolest Seat in the House” again. Starting next week you can enter to win (2) tickets for the “Coolest Seat in the House!” The tickets get you on stage while the headliner is performing. How cool is that?  It also includes passes to the hospitality suit. We will be giving away two pairs for each headlining act. This year Friday’s headliner is Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at 10 pm and Saturday’s headliner is Wade Bowen hitting the stage at 10 pm.

Friday, Sept. 25
5 – 11:30 p.m.
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 Saturday, Sept. 26
10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for free download here.
 

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**The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 01/06/2016 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/2017.