The unforgiving summer heat is looming over Texas and in short time, everyone will be opting to stay indoors where it’s nice and cool. Now that it’s bearable outside, this would be an ideal time to get that air conditioning unit tuned up. One company can help with that — only because they are hoping to help out in an entirely different way.

“I feel that this program can make some real changes for our neighborhoods,” Debra Parker says.

Parker represents Comfort Exports and Hobson Air Conditioning, a company who’s taking an interesting approach to cooling off Texas residents and contributing to area nonprofits. With the economy taking a hit on everyone, people are doing their best to stretch a dollar but nonprofit agencies struggle a little differently.

Basically, if an agency like Bryan’s House or AIDS Arms can’t do their job, their clients suffer for it and CE&HAC doesn’t want that.

“We want to be sure we are doing our part, to help non-profit organizations be able to raise money to continue serve their communities,” she says. “And while we’ve always been involved, we believe that during these times we must increase our support.”

Thus they are inviting agencies to partake in Tune Up for a Cause. With summer coming, a tuned-up unit is a good thing. What this fundraising effort does is have supporters of an organization purchase an inspection with proceeds going toward the agency.

“We will come and do a complete 17-point tune-up and safety inspection of the heating and cooling systems,” Parker says. “Instead of the homeowner or landlord paying us, they will make the check payable to their charity! One hundred percent of the cost goes to their non-profit.”

The company provides a nice package for organizations without cost. A website for homeowners to sign on for service, promotional materials, help as needed with fundraising events and a bonus $125 for every 25 homeowners the agency gets to sign up. To make it easier, the company reduced the price from $79 to $39.

Tune Up for a Cause is available to organizations who serve Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties, because, that’s where CE&HAC serve. Sounds like a win-win for lots of people.

— Rich Lopez

For more information on signing up your agency with the program, visit

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 15, 2011.