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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.

Dryer Vents

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A customer called recently and asked if we cleaned dryer vents, which we do! Her dryer was intermittently shutting off. We collected almost 2 pounds of lint buildup from a dryer vent. So if your dryer isn’t running efficiently, it could be a lint issue in your vent! Call us today to get yours cleared.

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.

NATE Certified Flower Mound TX Air Conditioning Company

Finding quality Flower Mound TX air conditioning service technicians can be a daunting task. In some cases, you might have better luck at roulette than selecting a company who has high industry education among their employees across the board. Southern Comfort Mechanical has recently become certified in two major areas of service and education.

A recent press release states:

Southern Comfort Mechanical is a Trane Comfort Specialist in Flower Mound, TX. This identifies Southern Comfort Mechanical as an independent Trane dealer, which means they meet Trane’s stringent standards: high quality installation and service, outstanding commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education for all technicians. As Trane Comfort Specialists, Southern Comfort Mechanical is required to keep up to date with all of Trane’s latest technology, ensuring that customers receive a system designed for efficiency, reliability and comfort.

The devotion to continuing education and commitment to quality customer service and peace of mind doesn’t end with TRANE. The release goes on to say:

Southern Comfort Mechanical, “The Air Conditioning Specialist,” receives specialized training from Trane that builds on its employees’ existing technical skills, while increasing their efficiency, accuracy, and effectiveness in the field. As a Trane Comfort Specialist, the company employs North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified technicians.

The NATE certification is the only test supported by the entire air conditioning industry. The NATE distinguishment is such an important honor, the NATE website is reporting certifications at an all-time high. Southern Comfort provides cutting edge technicians and specialized service.

Give your local Flower Mound TX air conditioning company a call today.

Environmentally Conscious Heating Tips

Winter Heating TipsPlanetGreen.com is one of the best sources nationally pertaining to energy conservation and sustainable living. The website recently launched 10 top home heating tips as the country continues its battle with Old Man Winter.

Among the tips, proper insulation and ventilation proved to be a major topic of discussion. As the temperature drops, it’s more and more important to have good insulation. PlanetGreen.com speaks of draftpooling, which focuses on sealing the leaks around your windows and doors to keep the cool draft outdoors. Insulation strips, door sweeps and silicone caulk tubes should help in keeping the cold weather out and the heat in.

With draftpooling come proper ventilation techniques. The last thing you want is a comfortable facility that lacks good ventilation. Condensation can grow in places like this, which can cause mold and mildew. That can lead to health issues in extreme situations. PlanetGreen.com suggests cross-ventilation (opening a window or two for several minutes in a day) to combat homes that aren’t as ventilated.

In “going green” with fighting the winter, it is suggested to purchase radiant barriers. These energy-efficient items can cut heat loss significantly while keeping you warm. Also suggested are exterior storm windows, which can increase the temperature of an inside window by as much as 30 degrees.

However you decide to battle the cold with environmentally sound tactics, let our Lewisville TX heating experts answer your questions and assist you with winterizing your home. Call our Lewisville HVAC company today, or contact us online.

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