Recent Posts in HVAC Tips Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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