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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.

 

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.

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.

 

Win Cowboys Tickets for Your “Like” of Our Facebook Page

Win Dallas Cowboy tickets to the Christmas Eve game, December 24th, at 3:15 p.m.! Your Lewisville TX furnace repair experts want to enter you into a contest for Cowboys vs Philadelphia this December! Click the Facebook Like button immediately following this paragraph and you’ll be entered into a contest for two tickets! Watch the Southern Comfort Mechanical Facebook page for heating and air conditioning blog posts, current heating discounts, coupons, and more!

Don’t miss out on the great service provided by your Lewisville TX heating system professionals at Southern Comfort Mechanical. Call 972-420-1700 or visit Southern Comfort Mechanical online.

Preventative Maintenance for Heating Systems with the Comfort Club

When it comes to your heating system, making sure it is running efficiently at all times is of the utmost importance. Your heating system is one of the most important units in your home, and should be treated as such with the proper care and maintenance. With preventative maintenance from our Flower Mound TX heating experts at Southern Comfort Mechanical, you can rest assured your heating system will be in the best hands possible.

As a member of the Comfort Club from Southern Comfort Mechanical, your heating system will get the proper maintenance and attention it requires. Becoming a member of our service plan allows you to enjoy the benefits of priority scheduling and discounted prices, meaning you will never have to worry about being left in the cold after a sudden system shutdown. We can detect small problems before they become larger ones, taking steps to repair them in the fastest, most efficient, and most cost-effective manner possible. We will run and test your furnace, clean and adjust your burners, change your filters, check for gas leaks, and a host of other necessary heating services needed to get you ready for the colder months. These maintenance services will extend the lifespan of your equipment, allowing you to rest easy when it comes to the health and quality of your heating system.

For all your residential heating needs, Southern Comfort Mechanical is the company to count on. For additional information regarding preventative maintenance, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or contact us online today.

Winter Heating Tips from Your Flower Mound TX Heating Repair Company

The winter months are upon us and your Flower Mound TX heating installation and repair company, Southern Comfort Mechanical, want you to consider some heating tips from Energy Star to help save energy and money on heating your home or business.

Maintain heating equipment. Dirt and neglect are the number one causes of heating system failure, so be sure to maintain your equipment. Now is a good time to schedule a pre-season checkup of your heating equipment with a licensed contractor to make sure your system is operating at peak performance. Check your system’s air filter every month. When it is dirty, change it. At a minimum change it every 3 months.

Use a programmable thermostat. Regulate your home’s temperature while you’re away or asleep by using one of the convenient pre-programmed settings on a programmable thermostat. When used properly, programmable thermostats can save you up to $180 every year in energy costs.

Seal air leaks in your home. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Sealing air leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a significant impact on improving your comfort and reducing energy bills. If you are adding insulation to your home, be sure to seal air leaks first, to ensure you get the best performance from your insulation. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages). Also, make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. Whether you are replacing light bulbs or appliances in your home, ENERGY STAR qualified products can help you save energy and reduce energy bills. The label can be found on more than 60 types of products ranging from heating and cooling equipment to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Also, look to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for advice on other ways you can save at home such as using power strips as a central ‘turn-off’ point for electronics and office equipment, making sure computers and monitors are “powered down” when not in use and reversing the blade rotation on ceiling fans to help spread warm air around a room.

Southern Comfort Mechanical offers heating repair and heating maintenance in Flower Mound TX and surrounding cities. Call 972.420.1700 today for all your heating needs or visit us online to schedule service.

Insulation for Winter Weather

As the days and nights bring a chill to the air this winter, you want to make sure your home is readily protected against the elements. Part of this regular maintenance is to assure that your insulation is appropriate to serve its purpose. Why use insulation?

Think about the expense of your energy bills – electricity, oil, and gas – and what you spend monthly on these services. In the winter, the main use for these products is to heat your home. If your thermal insulation is inadequate, you could be spending far more money than necessary to heat your home – and to cool it in the summer. Insulation helps to maintain a more uniform temperature throughout your home and to hold in heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. This keeps the inclement weather from adversely affecting the environment within your home, your shelter from the cold weather outdoors.

Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space, which means that your indoor heat begins to seep toward the exterior of the house in the winter, where the cold winds blow. Step out into your unheated garage and notice the warmth closest to the door. By installing insulation in your home, you are blocking the release of the heat into the atmosphere and being lost.

Without sufficient insulation, your heating system will be working overtime to keep your home environment toasty and warm. You may want to have your insulation checked before the real winter chill overtakes the last of autumn, just to assure you are in a good position to make it through the freezing weather. You’ll want to contact a heating and air professional in Lewisville Texas for an inspection and recommendation. And if you do need to supplement existing insulation, Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating specialists can offer you great deals on insulation services. Don’t overwork your heater; save money and heat with proper insulation.

Readying Your Heating For Use

Preventative maintenance for both your heating and air conditioning units is vital to their continued functionality. Without proper care, your systems may seem to be functioning properly but are actually running at reduced capacity and efficiency levels. In order to assure the best operation at the lowest cost and most effective manner, you should follow a simple list of guidelines and create an itemized checklist to assure your heating unit and air conditioner are both operating at full capacity.

Especially with the change in seasons, heating units and gas furnaces are being turned on for the first time. It is essential to listen for any unusual noises coming from any component of your unit, as well as to take note of and locate the source of any abnormal smells the heating device produces. This could be due to dirt and dust in your vents, a gas leak, or anything in between. You should plan to have your heating system serviced once a year, prior to the cold season, for preventative maintenance. This will assure that your system is up to par when you need it most.

In addition to recognizing any signs of faulty operation, you should check items in your heating system (and air conditioning unit in the spring) to assure that all operations and devices are functioning properly. While there may be no readily evident problem, you might find that not all aspects of your system are working quite as they should. Start by checking your ventilation system to assure it is working properly. You may locate a blockage that needs to be removed or a leak that must be repaired to improve efficiency.

Measure the rise and fall of the temperature in your home during air flow operation. This will alert you to any issues with the heating elements, as well as with your thermostat, should your environment not be reaching the preset desired temperature before the system shuts off. Other aspects of preventative maintenance involve monitoring the gas lines for possible leaks, checking the voltage and amperage on your system, and maintaining the proper refrigerant charge for both air conditioning and heat pump systems.

Always clean and replace your air filters for best results. This is the simplest, and therefore, one of the most commonly overlooked forms of preventative maintenance that can negatively affect the performance of your forced air heating system. Once a year, have a technician come out and service your unit to assure top performance as the season cools down and the freezes begin to hit. Our heating system specialists in Lewisville TX are ready to help you. Make sure you’ve called for preventative maintenance in Lewisville so you can rest easy knowing you are set for the long haul this winter.

Lewisville TX Heat Pumps

Heat Pump IllustrationAt Southern Comfort Mechanical, a Lewisville Texas A/C and heating company, we realize that heat pumps are not widely understood comfort systems, yet they can effectively and efficiently serve the heating and cooling needs for many Texas residents. An air-source heat pump – the most common type of heat pump – is a single unit that uses refrigerant to both cool and heat an interior space. During the hot summer months, an air conditioner cools a home by moving the hot air from the inside of the home to the outside of the home. During the winter, the opposite happens; heat from the outside is transferred to the inside of the home.

Are heat pumps energy efficient? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an air-source heat pump can provide anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times more heat energy to a home than electricity it consumes. Heat pumps work most efficiently in moderate temperatures. Generally speaking, efficiency and effectiveness are drastically reduced when temperatures fall below 40 degrees. In this case, auxiliary electric resistance coils are available to heat the home until the temperature climbs back up.

When should one consider using a heat pump? Some Texas homes do not have gas lines; therefore, efficient gas furnaces are not an option. In this case, heat pumps can provide a significant cost-saving alternative to standard electric heat furnaces.

Our Lewisville heat pump experts can help you determine if a heat pump is right for your home or office.

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