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For Fifth Year in a Row, Burlington HVAC Specialists Earn Angie's List Super Service Award

Another commendable year of service provided to Burlington residents and businesses

2018 marks the beginning of another celebratory year for Total Comfort Mechanical, starting off in January with the news that they are now a five-time winner of the highly prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

2017 Angie's List Super Service Award “The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“I am thrilled and so very proud that we have been again honored with this award,” said Wendell DePaiva, General Manager. “Angie’s List is a very reputable and trusted source of customer reviews and honest feedback. This award confirms our commitment to total customer satisfaction, and we truly thank our customers for making it possible.”

Total Comfort Mechanical has been listed on Angie’s List since 2011. This is the fifth year Total Comfort Mechanical has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Total Comfort Mechanical ranks among the best in the HVAC industry. Their excellence is established by the fact they also achieved the esteemed status as an Elite Diamond Contractor by Mitsubishi Electric.

These awards establish the company as among the best Heating, Air Conditioning Repair and Installation experts operating in the Burlington Area.

Founded by DePaiva in 2009, Total Comfort Mechanical has provided outstanding customer service for nearly a decade, through their team of highly experienced and committed professionals.

The company serves the Massachusetts cities of Burlington, Arlington, Bedford, Lexington, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn. Total Comfort Mechanical offers a wide range of heating and cooling services and specializes in energy-efficient indoor climate options, with a focus on ductless heat pump and air conditioning installation. 

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This entry was tagged MA, Massachusetts, Heating contractor, Burlington MA, Air Conditioning, HVAC, Reviews and posted on January 19, 2018

We Recycle Today for a Greener Massachusetts Tomorrow

Recycling matters! 

Total Comfort Mechanical is committed to the responsibility we all share in caring for the environment. Recycling not only saves energy, water and valuable resources such as trees and metal, but it also reduces pollution and creates industry and jobs.

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Our recycle dumpster in Burlington is filled every week with the two yards of paper and plastic that is collected from new equipment packaging and other waste.   When removing your old equipment, our EPA-certified technicians safely remove and handle hazardous refrigerant following all safety procedures to prevent leaks into the atmosphere and ground.  Out of service equipment is dismantled and we ensure that all metals are recycled. 

Recycling at home is one of the easiest ways to do something good for the environment. Nearly all Massachusetts cities and towns offer residents recycling opportunities. To learn more about recycling and hazardous household product management programs in or near your community, visit Energy & Environmental Affairs at Mass.gov to find the alphabetical listings by city.

About Total Comfort Mechanical

With over 13 years of experience, we serve the Massachusetts cities of Burlington, Bedford, Billerica, Lexington, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn and surrounding New England areas in Middlesex County, MA.  As community members and a family-owned business, we put the highest priority on respecting the needs and concerns of the people around us and caring for the environment.

We treat our customers and their homes with respect and make sure we leave our job site even cleaner than it was before we started to work. From our first meeting to the end of your project, we pledge to serve all your heating and cooling needs while exceeding your expectations.  Our combination of experience, knowledge, and ability to provide quality craftsmanship are second to none. 

Visit www.totalcomfortmech.com for more information.

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This entry was tagged Burlington MA, Energy, Efficiency, Recycling and posted on April 24, 2015

TCM Awarded Annual Super Service Honor Once Again

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For the second year in a row, Total Comfort Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists have earned the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting another exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review group.

“It’s a mark of consistently great customer service and value,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks, “only about 5 percent of the HVAC companies in Massachusetts are able to earn the Super Service Award.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com). Service Providers are graded on an A through F scale in various areas, including professionalism, affordability and even punctuality.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Total Comfort Mechanical is being honored with this accolade from Angie’s List,” said HVAC expert and owner Wendell DePaiva. “When we hear that our customers are satisfied beyond their expectations, we have fulfilled our goal.” Total Comfort Mechanical has been serving the cities of Burlington, Lexington and surrounding New England areas since 2009.

To contact Burlington’s “people’s choice” heating and air conditioning service, call (718) 697-9016 or visit: http://totalcomfortmech.com.

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This entry was tagged Burlington MA, Heating, Air Conditioning and posted on December 31, 2014

High Utility Bills this summer? Money-saving tips that actually WORK

Are high utility bills getting you down this summer? Keeping your Massachusetts home air-conditioned and comfortable can be expensive. Everyone's trying to beat the sweltering July and August heat and energy consumption is high. The good news is there are actually some very simple things you can do to keep costs down without investing a fortune.

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Turn off ceiling fans when not in use

Some people believe that keeping a ceiling fan running all the time, even when the room is unoccupied, will keep the room cooler than if turned off. While they do help circulate air, ceiling fans have no effect on the temperature of the area. They simply redistribute already conditioned (or unconditioned) air and make it feel cooler because it's creating a breeze against your body. Leaving the fan on while the room is empty will not make the room any cooler upon your return. Turn them off when leaving a room to prevent wasted electricity.

Go Green (and not the way you're thinking, either)

We're talking actual green in color - whatever shades appeal to you : forest green, emerald green, moss or fir. Adding more trees and bushes to your home's exterior not only provides a more beautiful landscape, but can considerably block the amount of solar heat beaming on the roof and through the windows. All that heat makes your air conditioning system work harder. In addition, if the air conditioning unit itself receives shading from trees or shrubbery, it can improve your AC's effectiveness up to ten percent!

Massachusetts lies in the "temperate" area on the US Dept. of Energy's climate region map. Unlike the hot and arid Southwest and hot and humid Southeast, energy-saving landscaping strategies for this area must be balanced - keeping heat out in summer and keeping it in during winter months (see more at Landscape for Life).  

Get with the Program...

...with a digital programmable thermostat (DPT)!  Smart and relatively inexpensive, DPT's allow you to adjust the settings for a higher temperature when no one's home or during cooler parts of the day. With today's technologically-advanced controls you can truly set it and forget it, and even manage your home's central air conditioning system via mobile device. (Side note to self: if you're reading this article on a smartphone and you still don't have a digital t-stat yet, you should be embarrassed.)

Chill Out Down Under

If your home has a basement, why not convert it into a summer family room or hangout? Naturally cooler than the rest of the home, the basement can provide instant relief on a hot day. Be careful about opening basement windows though, especially during very hot and humid weather. Damp, tropical air can cause surface condensation which will increase indoor humidity as well.

To be absolutely certain you are obtaining optimal efficiency from your home's A/C system, schedule a system maintenance check with us. We will check multiple factors to ensure all air conditioning system components are operating properly, that the system is meeting the manufacturer’s expectations for efficiency, and recommend alternatives if not.

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This entry was tagged Burlington MA, Tips, Energy, MA, Efficiency, Air Conditioning, Massachusetts, Keep Cool, Energy bill and posted on July 18, 2014

Ductless Air Conditioning - It's so HOT Right Now

What is a Ductless Mini-Split air conditioning system?  Only one of the hottest-selling cooling systems in the country - Massachusetts included!  A trend that took Europe by storm and is now heading westward, these modern, energy-efficient and stylish air conditioners have become such fast sellers that Mitsubishi is challenged to keep up with the growing demand. 

Mitsubishi, the world’s top-selling brand of ductless cooling and heating systems, experienced a complete sell-out of its 2013 U.S. inventory well before the end of last year.  This caused limited availability and back-orders with Mitsubishi Diamond HVAC specialists throughout the United States.

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Nearly six weeks ago, the out-of-stock inventory was made available again and has been flying off the shelves ever since. “Heating and air conditioning specialists” Total Comfort Mechanical of Burlington, MA happily announced the new 2014 mini-split systems were back in stock and contacted their customers to arrange installation to those that had been anxiously awaiting their new Mitsubishi ductless mini-split systems. 

The ductless mini-split wave is keeping HVAC contractors extremely busy. "We can hardly keep up with the demand", said Total Comfort Mechanical owner Wendell DePaiva. "We've had so many requests for ductless installs that we completely wiped out our inventory in just a few weeks," DePaiva said, "but we have already restocked and are ready to install."  

It seems Massachusetts residents are some of the most energy-conscious the country - the U.S. Green Building Council recently ranked the state #4 in the top 10 list of states leading the nation in green building.

How Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners Work

Like central air conditioners, ductless units have a split design and don't require a complicated system of ducts. The split system (also called a mini-split, ductless split, or duct-free system) has at least one indoor unit in the home or office (this is the evaporator) and one outdoor unit (the condenser).  Line sets, which are copper tubes of refrigerant, are run to the indoor unit from the outdoor unit.

The indoor component can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall and are extremely quiet when in operation. Read more about ductless ac systems here.

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With the booming popularity of ductless systems, the product selection is getting wider - many electronics manufacturers now offer their versions of ductless appliances. Considering that many smaller brand names typically don't specialize in heating and cooling solutions, it's important to note that it can be a challenge to find qualified technicians to install and service them. 

The specialists at Total Comfort Mechanical recommend sticking with a trusted, industry leader that provides a solid warranty on their product and has a network of certified and trained Diamond Contractors to perform the installation and service.  "It's smart to get a few estimates from qualified and certified HVAC contractors before making the investment," DePaiva advises.  

Check with your local Better Business Bureau or other local chamber organizations to learn about the reputation of the heating and air conditioning contractors in your area. Burlington MA residents and neighboring MA cities can request a quote or more information on ductless AC solutions here or the following link:

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This entry was tagged Energy Efficiency, Energy Rebates, Ductless, Burlington MA, Air Conditioning, Air Conditioner, Mitsubishi AC, MiniSplit, Ductless AC, Mitsubishi and posted on April 08, 2014

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