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About Us


About Us

Focus, Experience, & Professionalism

Our focus is you, our customer. With decades of experience spanning commercial and residential systems of all types, our technicians are uniquely qualified to offer the right solution without predatory upselling. We have serviced thousands of customers in Fayette County and surrounding areas with professionalism and courtesy. Our results speak for themselves.

Founded in 2010 by HVAC Master Technician Matt Helgerson, Southern Comfort Heating & Cooling has established a reputation of excellence and professional service to our community. If there is anything else we can do to make your experience a little easier, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you have any questions or comments or would like to schedule an estimate, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

The people that make it happen:

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Austin Oliver

Austin has 10 years of experience with both residential and commercial HVAC service. He loves waking up excited to do what he loves and call it a career. In his downtime, he enjoys being out in nature, spending time with family and friends, skateboarding and playing drums whenever he can.

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Brandon Duffy

Brandon has 13 years of experience as an HVAC installer. He loves woodworking, metalworking and playing guitar in his free time.

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Chris Dearmon

HVAC has taught Chris how to work hard and efficiently. Although the work can sometimes be a rough and tough trade, there have been great friends made along the way. Chris enjoys golfing, bowling, hiking, exercise, and traveling.

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Chuck Cross

Chuck has been working in commercial and residential HVAC for over 5 years and loves racing cars and hunting in his spare time.

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David Harrison

David is passionate about learning new skills and striving to be the best technician he can be. He enjoys watching football, hanging out with friends and playing video games.

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Deborah Cathcart

Deb is likely the first person you will encounter when calling Southern Comfort! Her positivity and love of service make her a perfect fit for the SOCO family. She loves her family, her dog Coco, traveling, movies and music.

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Greg Squires

Greg has been in the industry over 5 years and is working to become the best HVAC technician in SOCO history. In his free time, you will likely find him at the softball field with his kids or else cheering on the Packers or Yankees.

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Griffin Truax

Griffin has 7 years of HVAC experience and loves meeting and helping people with his skills however possible. In his downtime, Griffin is a health and nutrition expert and lays his claim on the best chili in the Commonwealth.

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Jamal Naji

Jamal has over 7 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC, all with Southern Comfort. He enjoys seeing happy clients and is primarily focused on commercial project management. Jamal is married with 5 beautiful children and loves fishing, hunting and visiting the beach with family.

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Jason Lautzenheiser

Jason has been in the HVAC industry for 29 years. He is an unfortunate Chicago Bears fan and loves spending time with his kids outside of work, deer hunting and playing softball.

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Joey Hernandez

With over 2 years of hands-on experience in HVAC, Joey excels in establishing long-lasting client relationships and tackling complex challenges with precision. He is always working to acquire new skills and build layers to his problem-solving expertise. Outside of work, Joey enjoys music and prioritizes fitness.

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Joseph Rivera

Joseph has been in the HVAC industry for 2 years and appreciates making customers happy and comfortable by resolving issues most people won’t. He enjoys spending time outdoors and being with family.

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Kevin Davis

Kevin comes from the worlds of manufacturing and finance, joining SOCO in October of 2023 as the Operations Manager. He is generally spotted with a cup of coffee in his hand. He loves spending time with his wife, daughter and his fur-covered best friend Sawyer.

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Ray Austin

Ray has been in the HVAC business for over 26 years. He has done new construction, commercial and residential replacements along with all types of HVAC service. He excels in figuring out issues that no one else can and considers himself a problem solver. Ray enjoys meeting new people and building relationships. He’s a family man in his off time and likes most sports and collecting shoes.

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Trevor Riley

Trevor has been working in HVAC for 6 years, all with Southern Comfort. He started as a field service technician and is now SOCO’s Service Manager who also handles commercial estimates. He loves virtually all sports and being outdoors, bow hunting, hiking and camping.