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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Get Rid of the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants

    || 8-Jan-2015

    How to Get Rid of the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants Posted by Tom's Mechanical Have you ever wondered just how clean your home’s air is? It seems clean enough, but there’s always that thought in the back of your mind that makes you wonder what you might be breathing. Well, your suspicions aren’t necessarily misplaced, and what you can’t see can hurt you. Indoor air ...
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  • Integrity Matters

    || 17-Dec-2014

    Integrity Matters Posted by Tom's Mechanical I am often asked what sets Tom's Mechanical apart from our competitors in the heating and air conditioning business. It is a fair question and one which is easy to answer. At Tom's Mechanical we believe that integrity should govern everything we do and every decision we make. That is what makes us different. When things are going well, the ...
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  • You'd Never Treat Your Car This Way!

    || 5-Dec-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ You'd Never Treat Your Car This Way! Posted by Tom's Mechanical What do you think would happen to your car if you decided not to change the oil regularly? Sooner or later the engine would quit running, that's what! And those consequences are severe enough to cause almost all of us to pay attention to oil change intervals. But are you as diligent about preventive ...
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  • You Let That Guy in Your Home?

    || 9-Sep-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ You Let That Guy in Your Home? Posted by Tom's Mechanical The world is a harsher place than it used to be. Like it or not we all must be more careful about routine things, like who we let in our home to make repairs. So, how do you know which repairmen are safe? Reputable service companies take great care to investigate backgrounds of all prospective employees. At Tom's ...
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  • Don't Ignore That Little Drip, Drip, Drip!

    || 26-Jun-2014

    When the outside weather is hot and/or humid your air conditioning system runs a lot of the time. When your system is doing its job properly it creates large quantities of moisture called condensation or condensate. Under normal conditions this moisture exits through your drainage system. Like all plumbing systems, condensate drains can become clogged. When that happens the moisture exits through ...
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  • Same Day HVAC Service? You Bet!

    || 4-Jun-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Same Day HVAC Service? You Bet! Posted by Tom's Mechanical Are you one of those people who forgot how to have your cooling system checked out while the weather was mild? Is your system failing to keep up now that the hotter weather has arrived? Don't worry - it isn't too late to call for service and to receive same day service! Tom's Mechanical is in business to ...
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  • How do You Know Who to Trust?

    || 29-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ How do You Know Who to Trust? Posted by Tom's Mechanical Truth is, inviting any stranger into your home to make a repair is a pretty daunting thought. Unless you have a friend in the maintenance business, how do you go about choosing a trustworthy contractor? Here are three recommendations to help you make an informed decision. Start with the Better Business Bureau and look ...
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  • 5 of the Best Smart Thermostats

    || 20-May-2014

    The Pros and Cons of Smart Thermostats Using a well-placed, properly installed, and up-to-date thermostat is an important step for any homeowner in search of energy savings. Even upgrading from an antiquated analog thermostat to a newer digital model can improve efficiency and lower your bills. But stepping up to a cutting edge "smart thermostat" can take your energy savings to a whole ...
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  • Condensate Leaks – Big Problems Easily Solved

    || 16-May-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Condensate Leaks – Big Problems Easily Solved Posted by Tom's Mechanical Maybe you have noticed the beginning of a strain on your dining room ceiling. Or, maybe you hear a "drip, drip, drip" above your bedroom ceiling during the night. These are the warning signs of a condensate leak in your attic air conditioning system. This is one of those situations which ...
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  • 2 Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home Air Supply

    || 13-May-2014

    The spring season is here. And while you're surely enjoying the temperate weather and flourishing blossoms, your eyes, nose, and throat are likely feeling less than spectacular. Just like you, millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. As most are already aware, air contaminants from plants, animals, and other critters like dust mites cause localized inflammation as a result ...
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  • If You Call Us, We Will Come

    || 29-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ If You Call Us, We Will Come Posted by Tom's Mechanical Officially we are still in the springtime, but it is beginning to feel like summer has already arrived. Temperatures are creeping into the 90's and high humidity levels make it feel even warmer. If your cooling system hasn't had a preseason tune-up, you may already be feeling uncomfortable in your home. You know ...
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  • Do it Yourself A/C Repairs

    || 22-Apr-2014

    ⁄ ⁄ Do it Yourself A/C Repairs Posted by Tom's Mechanical You need to save money and you have a little experience with do-it-yourself projects. Why not save a little money and perform your air conditioning maintenance yourself? Good news - there really are some maintenance items you can take care of yourself. The easiest and most important is regular filter replacement. Fiberglass ...
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  • 5 Easy, Money-Saving Home Efficiency Hacks

    || 21-Apr-2014

    Times are tough. Financial recovery is coming slowly, but most of us are still feeling the hurt of the so-called "Great Recession." But in good times or bad, nobody wants to throw away money, especially not on invisible energy costs caused by inefficiency. That's why homeowners have spent so much time coming up with tips and tricks to get the most for their dollar when it comes to ...
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