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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… 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.

 

 

 

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!

Valentines Day and Early Spring Prediction

We all wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and a happy Groundhog Day from your friends at Southern Comfort Mechanical. Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicts an early spring this year, so get your warm clothes out and keep your eyes open for spring cleaning tips from us.

Here’s what you’ve missed in the last few months! We’ve been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row as well as the Best of Denton County’s Heating and Air Service Company for the second year in a row. Thank you to all of our amazing customers for your continuous support and fantastic reviews!ALBODC_Winner2015 (2)

 

In other news, our lovely co-owner, Laurie, made an appearance at SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s special homecoming after the tight knit community of Lantana came together to help him after he suffered life-threatening injuries to both of his legs from an IED blast during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

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“The event was a lovely showmanship of all active sponsors, law enforcement and neighbors.  I walked away loving the community of Lantana even more than before!” said Laurie.  He received a Bronze star, Purple Heart and a Combat Action Medal for his service to our country. Being a part of the community is essential to Southern Comfort Mechanical’s core values and being a part of this ceremony was truly touching. The full article on SSgt. Johnnie Yellock’s story can be read here on Lantana Living’s website.

That being said, we’d like to wrap up by offering you a quick tip. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running well all year long. That means, changing your filters, having your wires inspected, and cleaning out your condenser coils to name a few preventative measures. This month, take advantage of our 13 point checkout precision tune up! See the coupon below and use the discounted price while it still lasts!

February 2016 Coupon

Last but not least, here is the link to our Valentines Day contest. Simply like the photo linked on our Facebook page and you will be entered to win $100 to go towards a lovely dinner for two <3 Encourage your friends and family to like our Facebook page to get in on this fun contest!

 

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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Work Less, Make More

TR_XV20i_Air Conditioner - LargeIf you have been researching for a new HVAC system for your Coppell home, by now you should know that high efficiency air conditioning systems will give you the most bang for your buck. How exactly do high efficiency systems work? How much will they really save you? Is the government regulating this too? All of these questions are answered and more!

Variable speed condensers and furnaces maintain a consistent temperature with maximum efficiency by making minor, continuous adjustments all day long. With minor adjustments, the temperature in your Coppell home never fluctuates more than a couple of degrees, evenly distributes air and the humidity stays at which you set it to. During winter here in north Texas, you don’t want the humidity in your home to be more than 35-45%. Also, your output capacity and operating speed are lowered, therefore saving you money and energy on your electricity bills. With the Coppell home energy costing an average of 9.5 cent per kWh, you can save up to $564 per year just by having a higher SEER rating on your complete air conditioning system. The new 2015 minimum efficiency regulated by the government is 14 SEER, but to get the best deal, and eventually have your HVAC system pay for itself, you should look for a system of up to 18 SEER or higher. Tired of hearing your old clunker kick on? Not a problem anymore. They are just a little bit louder than the humming of your refrigerator. No worries about waking the baby!

So whether you are looking to replace you’re heating and air conditioning system now or in the near future, be sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest equipment. Southern Comfort Mechanical is not only here to help you pick the perfect A/C system for your Coppell but we make sure you are comfortable every step of the way. After all, “Comfort Is Our Middle Name!”

Extra, Extra! The Cost of R-22 Expected to Double in Price in 2015!

If your air conditioning system is still using the old R-22 refrigerant and you’ve been band aiding it for the last few summers, you may want to consider replacement for many reasons. Repair, efficiency, government regulations and the price of rising refrigerant are all major factors. Southern Comfort Mechanical, serving Lantana and surrounding areas, is here to help you make the correct long-term decisions when it comes to your home and your air conditioning and heating needs.

Repairing your older HVAC systems can be a hassle for many reasons including: the part has become obsolete, specials order parts that may take days to arrive, constant repairs and expensive refrigerant leaks. (See chart below) As of now, R-22 is costing upwards of $75-90 a pound; that cost will be increasing even more as they are limiting production of it. In 2014 they produced and imported 51 million pounds and in 2015 they are only releasing 22 million pounds. And as of 2020, it will be non-existent. Southern Comfort Mechanical only uses clean, straight from the factory refrigerant. If you think you are getting a really good deal on it, chances are they are using recycled refrigerant. DO NOT use recycled refrigerant in your air conditioning system. That is just asking for your system to be compromised.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has rolled out their new regulated standard efficiency. As of January 1, 2015 here in Texas it is required to have a minimum of a 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) for both air conditioning and heat pumps. Be sure that when shopping for new equipment you keep this in mind. You may think you are getting a really good deal from other local Flower Mound companies, but if it’s not up to the SEER rating, you are getting robbed.

There are many factors to consider when you are looking to replace your HVAC system, including cost. With the cooler weather and winter right around the corner, now is a great time to take advantage of Trane’s special offers. Now through December 15, 2014, Trane is offering 0% interest for 60 months on qualifying systems or up to $1000 cash back. The cost of rising refrigerant and new government standard are now two major considerations. Southern Comfort Mechanical is here to answer all of your questions and guide you to making the right investment for the future of your home. Schedule your free estimate today by calling 972-420-1700.

 

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.

Air Conditioning Repair in Flower Mound from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Located in Lewisville, Texas, Southern Comfort Mechanical provides air conditioning repair services to people all around the Dallas area. If you need an air conditioning repair in Flower Mound, Grapevine, Carrollton Southlake, Corinth or Highland Village, our technicians can come out to your home. We understand how inconvenient it is to be without air conditioning, especially during humid days in the middle of the summer. Our technicians will work hard to find a timely solution to your air conditioning problem.

Our family-owned business, which has been around since 2007, has quickly built a reputation in the heating and cooling industry because we provide customer-driven and quality repair services to heaters and air conditioners. Our small company works hard to provide customers in the Dallas area with affordable air conditioning services, including repairs. Our technicians are fully qualified to repair and do preventive maintenance on commercial and residential air conditioning units.

Our company has technicians available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take care of air conditioning problems. When you have a late night or early morning problem with your air conditioner that is keeping you from getting a restful sleep, you just have to give us a call. We will send one of our skilled technicians out to do an emergency repair on your air conditioner for an affordable price. We are committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction. If you let us know that you aren’t satisfied, we will work with you to resolve any air conditioning problem you have, even on a holiday or in the middle of the night.

Along with repairs, our technicians can also come out to your home to do preventative AC maintenance and energy analyses to make sure that your heating and cooling systems work efficiently and properly for years. We are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North American Technical Excellence, and we are committed to helping customers to have energy efficient homes. Our preventative maintenance plans help to make maintenance jobs on your heaters and air conditioners more affordable for you. We also offer insulation and duct cleaning services to keep air conditioning units efficient and fully functional.

Our president Jason Fraser, who has worked in the heating and cooling industry for over 10 years, and our staff are fully committed to taking care of your air conditioner repair needs. When our technicians come out to your home, they look at your air conditioning unit at no cost.

Our top priority at Southern Comfort Mechanical is to make sure you receive a top-quality repair to your residential or commercial air conditioning unit. Through July, receive free Clean Effects with the purchase of a qualifying system. For more information, give us a call at 972-420-1700 or contact us online.

Coppell TX Air Conditioning Tune Up from Southern Comfort Mechanical

Anyone who has spent a summer in Texas understands the value of a working air conditioning system. Before the first heat wave hits, it is a smart idea to have an air conditioning tune up each year. Having a trained air conditioning technician from Southern Comfort Mechanical check over your AC unit for potential problems can both give you peace of mind and save you money.

No one wants to spend the summer wondering if their AC unit will make it until fall. What’s worse than the worry, though, is the reality of an AC unit going out on the hottest day of the summer. Southern Comfort’s Comfort Club Service Plan provides the best air conditioning tune up in Coppell. The service plan includes a thorough inspection of belts, lubricants, coils and electrical connections. Your technician will change filters and clean condenser coils and drains. The AC unit will be tested to ensure that it is running correctly.

Knowing that your AC unit has been prepped for its summer workout will give you confidence that you will remain comfortable all summer long. What may be more important, however, is that you can save money by having your AC checked out and cleaned. An efficiently running AC unit is one that requires less power to function, leading to lower electric bills. If there is a problem with the AC unit, it can be addressed before the unit breaks down completely. Fixing your AC unit while the weather is cool and you have the time to research the least expensive solution can save you a significant amount in repair costs.

As important as these short-term savings are, the long-term savings associated with preventative maintenance on your AC unit are significant as well. Many of the elements that keep your air conditioning system functioning efficiently in the short term can also lead to a longer life for your unit. Keeping filters, coils and drains clean helps reduce the wear and tear on the unit’s mechanical parts from dust and other particles. Periodic replacement of belts and refrigerant keeps the unit functioning smoothly for many years.

Southern Comfort Mechanical provides the best Coppell TX air conditioning service. To keep your AC unit running properly through the summer heat, call 972-420-1700 and let Southern Comfort keep your family comfortable.

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.

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