Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

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.

 

 

 

What is Preventative Maintenance and Why do I Need It?

 

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We know that as a homeowner in the Flower Mound, Corinth, Lantana, or Lake Dallas area, you’ve invested a great deal in your HVAC system. Even if you’re not homeowner, there’s probably been some time or another when your air conditioning system has failed you. In the Texas heat, this is no joke and it’s definitely no fun. So what’s the vital key to keeping your home’s heating and air conditioning system healthy? It’s simple, really. Regular preventative maintenance. But what does preventative maintenance actually entail?

When you schedule a maintenance call, we’ll send one of our licensed and certified HVAC technicians to your home to do an overall comprehensive cleaning and analysis of your system which includes the air conditioner or heat pump, the furnace, the evaporator coil, etc. While they’re doing this, they’ll make sure that everything is operating and running properly while also making sure that nothing needs to be replaced or repaired. In most cases if something like an air filter needs to be replaced, this is the time to do it and your A/C service tech will take care of replacing items such as these.

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Another important part of a maintenance check-up is a safety check. Your technician will check your system to look for any safety concerns such as cracks in your heat exchanger or gas leaks. This is an extremely crucial checkpoint as carbon monoxide leaks could be severely harmful to you and your family and in some cases, even fatal. If you have a CO detector, the tech will also check that to make sure that it works accordingly and that there aren’t hazardous levels of gasses in your home.

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Once all that has been checked, your technician will clean any parts or components of your HVAC system that you can’t do on your own. If any air conditioning repairs need to be made, your technician will either complete them during this visit or schedule a time at your convenience to come and fix any issues found during the maintenance check.
If you have any questions at all about your HVAC system or anything related to it, don’t hesitate to ask your technician. They are trained to help you and answer any question you might have in great detail and with helpful suggestions. You can also always call our office at 972-420-1700 if you have any questions about your heating and cooling system.
At the end of your maintenance check-up, you will receive a report written up that will review and summarize what the visit entailed and what the technician did if any repairs or replacements were made at that time.

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Through our Comfort Club maintenance program, you can get regular inspections on your air conditioning and heating units. And At Southern Comfort Mechanical, if you’re a Comfort Club member, we’ll always remind you of your bi-annual check-ups–one in the spring (before it gets too hot) and one in the fall (before it gets too cold). We save our customers money in the long run by doing maintenance work on your units and keeping your systems working efficiently. When you use our service plan, you also get discounted prices if you should require an air conditioning or heating repair anytime throughout the year. If you’re not a Comfort Club member, please call us before you get stuck in the heat this summer! Use this coupon if you’re a first time customer with us to receive $16 off of your precision tune up!

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Southern Comfort Mechanical Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Southern Comfort Mechanical has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“Comfort Is Our Middle Name!”

“Only about 5 percent of the Heating and Air Conditioning companies in DFW have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 CONTACT:  Cheryl Reed, 317-396-9134, cherylr@angieslist.com

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Scare Tactics: The Other HVAC Company

What makes Southern Comfort Mechanical stand out from the rest of the Lewisville heating and air conditioning companies? Many things! Locally owned, always speak with an owner, small company with little to no overhead and the list goes on and on. Our customers are happy with us and we make them customers for life. Unfortunately though, some heating and air conditioning companies out there aren’t as friendly. They will try to sell you things you don’t need; parts, equipment, and even put you and your family in danger.

Recently, a new Dallas customer called us out to check their furnace. Another Lewisville company had been there and told them they needed a new furnace but the customer (thankfully) wasn’t sold. When Jason Fraser, owner, got there he immediately realized that the other HVAC company had shut off their gas! Yes, you heard me right. The other company even went so far as to shut his gas off telling him keeping it on would be a danger to him and his newborn child.

We ended up doing some duct work for this Dallas customer, nothing that requires a city permit. However, the competitor saw our trucks there and called Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) and tried to have our company shut down! They were so mad because they thought they didn’t get the job, they were willing to jeopardize our company and their name by filing a false claim.

If this can happen to us, a competing air conditioning company, imagine what could happen to you, the innocent customer? Please be weary of anyone trying to sell something you don’t think you need. Southern Comfort Mechanical is here for you. Honesty and integrity is our middle name. We offer free second opinions on new equipment, free estimates on new equipment, and free service calls with repairs. You work hard for your money, don’t throw it away on something you don’t need. We serve Lewisville and surrounding areas and are available 24/7.

Dog Days of Summer Are Here!

Summer break is finally upon us. Whether you are a native Texan or you’ve just moved here, it’s always good to have a quick refresher on heat-surviving tips. If you have outdoor pets, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area. If you can, let them stay indoors from 10 am to 6 pm. If they must stay outside, be sure they don’t bed near the condenser or urinate on it. It can get clogged with pet hair and dog urine will void any warranty you have. Make sure to keep if free of pet hair, pollen and bugs.  Keep a bottle of ant spray and check your condenser regularly, as ants can loosen electrical components and cause your system to fail. And, as ALWAYS, never leave a child or pet in a hot car, even for just one minute.

Should you have issues with your air conditioner, take advantage of our June money-saving offers. For ONLY $69 you can get a service call PLUS one pound of FREE Freon! Government regulations have really upped the price of Freon, so this is a good chance to get your system topped off and keep cash in your wallet. Anyone can take advantage of this offer!

As always, we are offering $25 off to new customers only with any service repair. Coupon must be presented at time of service and is not valid with any other offer.

Also, as Trane TCS dealers, we have exclusive offers that we can pass the savings to you! We are offering special financing through Wells Fargo for 15 months with approved credit on Trane qualifying systems. Give us a call today at 972-420-1700 to schedule your service call or estimate!

 

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Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance in Coppell TX

In a place that gets as hot and humid as Coppell, TX, an air conditioning tune up is a must. The beginning of cooling season is the perfect time to have a home air conditioning unit inspection. Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating is the premier Coppell TX air conditioning service and are experts in air conditioning preventative maintenance.

An air conditioning tune up in Coppell is straightforward and can save the homeowner much money in the long run. The experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical will:
• Check the circuit breakers and the main power switch to make sure the thermostat is operating properly.
• Check the filters and blowers to make sure that they’re unclogged and are working well.
• Recharge the refrigerant, a job that must be left to a professional.
• Keep the condensing unit clear for the proper airflow. They can hose out leaves and other debris and make sure that the shrubs or other vegetation around the unit aren’t obstructing it.
• Check the condensate drain, change the filter if necessary and clean insulation and ducts.
• Inspect wiring, drain pans, belts and will lubricate motor bearings.

Southern Comfort Mechanical offers homeowners free estimates and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a member of the North American Technician Excellence (NATE). The Coppell TX air conditioning experts are fully insured and licensed and are available around the clock for emergency service. Homeowners should take advantage of the Comfort Club Service Plan where HVAC professionals at Southern Comfort inspect and repair the homeowner’s heating and air conditioning system twice a year.

Coppell homeowners should rely on Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating for their air conditioning needs this coming cooling season at 972-420-1700.

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.

 

Score Free Cowboys Tickets with Your Trane System Purchase Today

Coppell TX HVACWith autumn fast approaching, it is extremely important to ensure your home boasts a reliable and efficient heating and cooling system, guaranteeing your family’s comfort, no matter the season. The arrival of fall also signals the beginning of one other extremely important season: football. With our Coppell TX HVAC experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical on your side, you can be fully prepared for both seasons.

By purchasing a complete Trane system today, you can receive two free Dallas Cowboys tickets from Southern Comfort Mechanical. The purchase of this system will keep your home catered to your every comfort, regardless of the temperature outside. Autumn also brings with it more comfortable weather, perfect for a Sunday spent outside cheering on Tony Romo and company. With the purchase of a complete Trane system today, not only will you receive the two tickets, but also can get up to $1200 cash back on qualifying systems.

A Trane system is among the best in the business, and has been a leader in the heating and cooling industry for over a century. Our trained technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical can install these systems for you in a timely, efficient, and most importantly, cost-effective manner.

Act now, this offer is only available while supplies last, and only through Southern Comfort Mechanical. To learn more about Trane systems or schedule an installation today, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or visit us online today.

Heat Pumps Can Combat Winter Temperatures

Heat PumpAs the temperatures resemble winter with each day passing, keeping warm in your home becomes more and more of a priority. Our Lewisville heating experts suggest purchasing a quality heat pump to keep your household comfortable throughout the remaining winter days.

A heat pump, per dictionary definition, is a device that can warm or cool a residential or commercial property by “transferring heat from a relatively low-temperature reservoir to one at a higher temperature.” During the winter season, a heat pump will extract warm air from outside and move it into the home or office, creating a . Some say heat pumps simply are air systems with transposing capabilities.

Heat pumps are recommended because they provide an economical, energy-efficient alternative to property owners who want a relaxed home or office environment. Combining the use of a heat pump with proper air duct insulation will assist in keeping the heating and cooling bills to a minimum.

There are plenty of heat pumps to choose, but our Lewisville heating company suggests that you choose one that has an energy efficiency guarantee. Our expert Lewisville heating and cooling technicians specialize in all HVAC services, including heat pump installation and maintenance. Feel free to call us today, or contact us online for more details.

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