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  • 5 Home Improvement Projects You Should Commit to This Year

    || 14-Feb-2020

    With all electronic devices in use today, high energy consumption and bills may seem unavoidable. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help increase the comfort of your home while also decreasing your energy usage. Here are five projects that can help you reach your efficiency goals this year. Install an Efficient HVAC System In just the last 10 to 15 years, HVAC products have ...
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  • Resolve to Breathe Better Indoor Air in 2020

    || 7-Feb-2020

    If you continue to breathe in stale air for long periods, your health is bound to take a hit eventually. Airborne impurities make you more prone to getting sick, put you in a bad mood, and diminish your comfort. Here’s how to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Have Ducts Professionally Cleaned The ductwork for your central air system can harbor contaminants, such as dust, debris, ...
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  • 20 Energy Saving Tips for 2020

    || 13-Jan-2020

    In 2018, the average American home used well over 10,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. While that number has actually gone down slightly in recent years, thanks to advancements in energy-efficient appliances, it still translates into large utility bills. In other words, there’s room for improvement. If you are looking for ways to slash energy costs in 2020, put these 20 tips to work in your own ...
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  • Why Does My Heater Smell?

    || 19-Dec-2019

    Winter is nearly here, and it’s chilly here in Arlington! Now that we’re in the thick of heating season, many people may be starting to notice odd things about their heater, especially those who skipped an annual heating tune-up. Weird smells are among the most common complaints people have about their heaters. But which smells are normal and which are cause for alarm? As a savvy ...
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  • 4 HVAC Tips for Holiday Hosting

    || 13-Dec-2019

    You’ve wrapped the gifts, decked the halls and trimmed the tree. With all the holiday preparations, your HVAC system likely wasn’t top of mind. While your furnace may not have the wow factor of 10,000 twinkling LEDs, it’s a crucial component of holiday get-togethers nonetheless. After all, it’s difficult to spread warmth and good cheer when your HVAC unit is broken. ...
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  • How to Choose the Right Furnace Filter

    || 20-Nov-2019

    In an age of smart thermostats, zoned temperature control, and high-efficiency furnaces, the humble filter is given short shrift. But make no mistake, the air filter is a powerful player in the performance of your HVAC system and indoor air quality. So give the filter its due consideration and choose your next replacement wisely. Here’s a rundown of the different types of filters on the ...
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  • Why You Should Have Your Furnace Checked Before Fall

    || 31-Oct-2019

    When is the right time to have your heating system checked ? Is it too early to have it done in September, or should you wait until the cold weather arrives? Like many questions, the answer is "the sooner is better." Don't worry about the outside temperature. Heating components can be inspected at any time, so why wait until schedules get crowded? Once the cold weather arrives you ...
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  • Single Stage vs. Variable Speed HVAC Systems

    || 15-Oct-2019

    If you’ve been shopping for a new central air system lately, you’ve likely come across the term variable-speed compressor. Let’s break down what that means exactly. Single-Stage Air Conditioner Many residential homes rely on central air conditioners that house single-stage compressors. The reason for this is simple: single-stage or fixed-speed technology was the standard in HVAC ...
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  • Keep Interior Doors Open to Reduce Cooling and Heating Costs

    || 14-Sep-2019

    Many people keep interior doors closed thinking that it will keep the room warmer or cooler, depending on the season. However, this practice actually prevents the spread of conditioned air and can make your monthly energy bill skyrocket. Here’s why you should keep your interior doors open while running your HVAC system: Closed Doors Obstruct Airflow Your central air system is designed to ...
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  • Will Your Furnace Get You Through the Winter?

    || 9-Sep-2019

    Winter is right around the corner and it’s better to check your HVAC unit now than wait for a breakdown to occur in the middle of winter. Knowing the state of your central heating can help you make informed decisions when it comes to future repairs and maintenance rather than waiting for a disastrous heating emergency. What to Look Out For? Soot: Soot is a byproduct of the combustion process ...
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  • How UV Air Scrubbers Prevent Mold in Your Ducts

    || 22-Jul-2019

    The air you breathe inside your home can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And considering we spend the majority of our time indoors, you want to be sure you’re breathing healthy air. Air scrubbers are one of the most effective ways of eradicating organic compounds, including mold spores. How UV Air Scrubbers Work This ...
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  • Why You Absolutely Need a Home Performance Evaluation

    || 19-Jul-2019

    If you’re finding it nearly impossible to keep your home cool this summer, the problem might not be with your air conditioner. It could be your home. There are multiple areas throughout the house where costly conditioned air could be escaping. A home performance evaluation, also known as a home energy audit, is conducted by trained professionals who can identify areas of energy loss through ...
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  • 5 Things to Consider When Buying an Air Conditioner

    || 1-May-2019

    Are you looking to buy an A/C unit ? If yes, you need to ensure that you get the right one because it is a significant investment. Here is how to choose the right A/C unit. 1. Energy efficiency Any air conditioner you purchase to replace an ancient unit will result in more energy efficiency. When replacing a central A/C system, be sure both the air handler and the condenser are replaced ...
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  • Spring Cleaning Tips

    || 29-Mar-2019

    Another winter has already gone by. The people at Tom's Mechanical have certainly been busy. What that means for you is it's time for spring cleaning! While most people don't look forward to this time of year, spring cleaning tasks can go by a lot quicker if you follow the tips in this article. While you're cleaning your house, you can call on Tom's Mechanical for a yearly checkup of your heating ...
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  • Easy Ways to Revamp Your Home's Curb Appeal

    || 12-Mar-2019

    Before we know it, spring will be here putting an end to being cooped up indoors. With spring, comes much welcome warmer weather, perfect for spending a day outdoors with friends and family. Make sure the outside of your home is ready for spring get-togethers by revamping the curb appeal of your home. You want friends and family to get a warm and welcoming vibe when they approach your home. Below ...
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  • Which Mold Types Hang Out In Your Air Ducts?

    || 22-Feb-2019

    Regardless of the climate you live in, your air ducts can be the perfect host to a wide variety of mold strains, with some of them able to cause moderate to severe health problems. Never neglect regular maintenance on your air ducts, as your health and the health of your family could be affected by a mold outbreak in your vents. Air duct mold is particularly dangerous for infants, small children, ...
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  • 5 Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Warm This Winter

    || 5-Feb-2019

    It doesn't take a Polar Vortex to cause a pricy winter! Even average winter temperatures can make your energy costs skyrocket. Rather than accept higher-than-usual gas and electric bills with a frown and a sigh, make an effort to save energy and money. Here are five easy and energy efficient ways to keep warm this winter. 1. Dress in Layers to Help Stay Warm. You wouldn't go outdoors ...
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  • Why Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

    || 25-Jan-2019

    Your air ducts need to be cleaned on occasion because they have air blown through them year-round in many areas. With that amount of air, the vents and ducts can become dusty. Your furnace takes air from the outside, then it heats or cools the air. And if you didn't already know, the air outside has things that can make some people feel unwell. Here are a few reasons that you should clean out ...
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  • Checking for Air Leaks

    || 9-Jan-2019

    Old repairs and improper weatherproofing or insulating jobs can leave your home or business drafty and cold. One way to keep your structure warm in the winter is to check for air leaks before the winter turns bitter cold. The wind will howl sooner rather than later, so now is the time to button everything up. Outside Chimneys, vents, and junctions between materials and the foundation are the most ...
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  • How to Tell You Need a New Furnace

    || 20-Dec-2018

    How to Tell You Need a New Furnace With winter weather bringing cold nights and the occasional bout of snow, it’s no time for a furnace disaster. Fortunately, there are signs that will let you know when it’s breaking down before it quits completely. So, how can you tell you need a new furnace ? Furnace Age A typical furnace lasts approximately 15-20 years. If your furnace is in that ...
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  • Why Choose Tom's Mechanical Inc.?

    || 1-Dec-2018

    Need HVAC Services? The next time you're in need of an HVAC service, you should consider us at Tom's Mechanical. No one should be sitting around with a broken furnace or air conditioning unit. From our quality service to our affordable rates, there's a reason we've received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. To make sure you receive the best service at the best price, ...
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  • Why Is Duct Cleaning Important?

    || 18-Sep-2017

    Nobody does duct cleaning like Tom’s Mechanical ! We offer three different levels of air duct cleaning to choose from depending on system needs and your budget. We also offer and install whole house air cleaners including the world’s top-selling air cleaner the Reme Halo. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is ...
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  • AC Problems to Look Out for in the Heat

    || 18-Jun-2015

    The sweltering Arlington heat will start rising even more in the next few months, which means your air conditioning system will be working extra hard to keep you and your family cool. Even with proper maintenance and up-keep, your AC unit won’t be immune to typical problems and issues. So what’s the solution? Keep an eye on your unit during the summer and take fast action if you notice ...
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  • What is HVAC Zoning?

    || 18-May-2015

    As with many homes, you’ve probably noticed the issue of fluctuating temperatures depending on the room you are in or the floor you are on within your house. This can be very frustrating, especially when you are unable to achieve the ideal comfort and energy savings you would like. There are many factors that can contribute to this issue, including sunlight, room usage, and even structural ...
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  • Is Your AC Ready for the Summer?

    || 30-Apr-2015

    The humidity is beginning to thicken and the cicadas are getting ready to fill the air with their unmistakable sounds. As summer in Texas quickly approaches, you need to ask yourself one very important question: is your air conditioning system ready to handle the heat? Many home and business owners put offer AC maintenance or service until they notice a problem. While they may think this is saving ...
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