Help Your AC Perform More Efficiently This Summer

Close Up Of Woman Holding Smart Energy Meter In Kitchen Measuring Energy EfficiencyOnce summer rolls around, people start to think of vacations, relaxation, and fun in the sun. Of course, during the summer people rely on their air conditioning systems to stay cool and comfortable, so their thoughts might also turn to those higher energy bills. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make the most of your home’s air conditioning system, which can help you save energy as well.

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One way you can easily help your air conditioning system perform at optimal levels is by making sure it gets the maintenance it needs yearly. Regular maintenance will help ensure your system is clean, all moving parts are in good working order, refrigerant levels are where they should be, and there are no foreseeable issues with your system. And, there are a few ways you as a homeowner can help your AC operate as efficiently as possible. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Ways to Save Energy While Keeping Cool This Summer

  1. Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise. This will help push air down and create a cool breeze throughout your home. It will also help your room’s temperature stay more consistent, so your air conditioning system won’t need to work so hard.
  2. Keep curtains drawn when the sun is at its highest. If you have a window that gets direct sunlight, you’ll probably want to keep the blinds or curtains drawn during peak sunlight hours. That’s because the heat of the sun can quickly warm up your home, forcing your AC to put in overtime – and use more energy.
  3. Check your air filter frequently. When your air conditioning system operating regularly, it’s important to make sure the air filter is clean and free of dirt, dust, or other debris that may collect there. You should change out a dirty, clogged filter right away, as this can cause your AC system to work much less efficiently, and can even reduce the quality of your indoor air.
  4. If you’re using window air conditioners, consider making the move to ductless. If your home (or a specific area in your home) lacks ductwork and you rely on window AC for cooling, you may want to consider making a switch to ductless air conditioning. Ductless systems often use 40 percent less energy to operate than a standard window unit, provide more effective cooling, and are significantly quieter and less obtrusive.
  5. Have an old thermostat? A programmable one can help you save. If your thermostat is on the nostalgic side, it might be time to switch it out with a more modern model. Most of today’s thermostats are programmable, so you can set them to automatically change temperatures in your home depending on when you are home, away, or sleeping. Or, opt for a smart thermostat that can work with your home automation system (Echo or Nest Hub, for instance) and even “learn” your family’s habits, so the temperature is always at an optimal, energy-saving level.

T.F. O’Brien is ready to help your home’s AC system operate at its best and most efficient.

You can count on T.F. O’Brien to help you stay cool and comfortable this summer. We can help you with any air conditioning need you may have, from maintenance and repair to installation of high-efficiency AC systems, including ductless. To learn more about how we can help you keep your home cool – and help your system operate as efficiently as possible – simply give us a call at (516) 488-1800 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Does My Air Conditioning System Need Repairs?

woman sits on couch and uses fan during heatwaveOnce the summer weather returns to Long Island, most people rely on their air conditioning systems to stay cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, when the hot weather hits and your system is running frequently, you might notice that it’s not working as well as you’d like. It can be hard to know if your air conditioning system is operating as it should be. However, there are a few telltale signs that can help you determine if you need to call a professional.

How do I know if I may need AC repairs?

A lot of the time, people call for help with their air conditioning system if it stops working. If your system isn’t working at all, you could be in for extensive, costly repairs. That’s why we encourage our customers to call us as soon as they notice something not working quite right with their system. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and generally, repairs are simpler and less expensive when caught early enough.

If you’re noticing any of the following concerns, your air conditioning system probably should be checked out by one of our professional technicians:

  • Your air conditioning system is making unusual noises
  • You notice a foul or musty odor coming from your system.
  • Your AC system cycles on and off frequently
  • Your utility bills have increased without any other cause
  • Your home isn’t as cool as you’d like it to be
  • You notice your home is more humid than usual
  • The outdoor unit (condenser) is iced over
  • Your system is blowing warm air

If any of these situations occur, your unit likely needs repairs or at least maintenance. If your air conditioning system is at the end of its lifespan, (more than 10 years old, usually) you might want to consider a replacement.

What if I need to replace my air conditioning system?

Nobody wants to think about having to replace their air conditioning system, but if yours needs frequent repairs, it may be time. This is especially true if your system is older, repairs are getting more and more expensive, and if your system uses a type of refrigerant that’s no longer readily available. Not to mention, the older your system is, the less efficient it is. A new system may help you save significantly on your energy bills and come with rebates and incentives that can help you save on up-front costs as well.

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And, there are many new types of air conditioning systems available on the market today, such as ductless and heat pump systems. These types of systems are extremely energy-efficient, and may also offer the added benefit of providing your home with heating in the winter. Your HVAC professional can help you determine whether repair or replacement is necessary, and if you need a new system, they can help you choose the appropriate one for your home.

How can T.F. O’Brien help me get the repairs or replacement I need?

T.F. O’Brien offers complete air conditioning services, including maintenance, repair, and installation. We can help you determine the best AC option for your home, and our highly skilled technicians will provide you with the repair or replacement services you need. Give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Spring Home Improvement Projects? Ductless is a Great Option!

woman lying on couch using remote to operate ductless acMany homeowners decide to embark on home improvement projects in the spring so that their homes will be ready for the summer season. Maybe you’re simply doing a few small repairs around the house. Or perhaps you’re taking on a larger project, such as renovating unused space or adding on to your home. No matter what improvements you’re making, spring is a great time to look at your home comfort system, too.

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Keeping your family comfortable is a top priority all year long, and one improvement you can easily make is by adding a ductless cooling and heating system to your home. Ductless systems are extremely flexible. You can add one unit to a space that doesn’t have access to your home’s duct system, or you can add multiple units throughout your home. If you’re renovating an existing space in your home, like an attic, basement, or garage, ductless is the perfect choice to keep that area comfortable, no matter what the weather outside.

Five Ways a Ductless System Can Benefit Your Home

You might be wondering why ductless has become such a popular choice among homeowners in recent years. There are several reasons that go beyond simply offering better home comfort. Here are five of the top reasons you might choose to install a ductless system in your home:

  1. Ductless systems offer both AC and heating. Most ductless systems on the market today can provide both cooling and heating to your home. These all-in-one systems use heat pump technology to keep your home cool in the summer and warm during the winter months.
  2. You won’t have to rely on clunky window AC or space heaters. Window air conditioners obstruct your view and are often inefficient. Space heaters take up floor space and depending on the type, can pose a fire hazard when not used properly. A ductless system is unobtrusive, usually installed high on a wall or ceiling.
  3. Your renovated space will be usable year-round. Many times, spaces like basements, garages, or attics don’t have access to your home’s ductwork. When you install a ductless system in these areas, you can enjoy comfort all year through, no matter what the temperature outside. This can help you and your family make better use of your new living area.
  4. Ductless is a perfect replacement for old, electric baseboard systems. If you need to replace an old baseboard system, you might want to consider ductless. These systems are highly energy-efficient, don’t require the installation of ductwork, and unlike baseboard heat, offer the added benefit of air conditioning during the summer months.
  5. Ductless systems allow you to be in greater control of your comfort. Most ductless units are easily operated via remote control and can help you get targeted comfort from room to room. You’ll be able to adjust your ductless system to the precise temperature for maximum comfort.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the ductless system you need.

At T.F. O’Brien, we take great pride in our expert installation of ductless cooling and heating systems. We can help you find the right ductless system for your home, and our experienced technicians can install it for you quickly and professionally. And, we can provide you with additional services, like ductless maintenance and repair.

If you’re planning spring renovations for your home, and you think ductless might be a great choice for your home, T.F. O’Brien can help. We have ductless equipment on hand, and can likely install it in your home right away! Give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Why Get AC Maintenance for My Home? Here are 5 Great Reasons.

air conditioning maintenance tools For most homeowners, saving money on household expenses whenever possible is always a priority. Often, people often decide to cut corners when it comes to routine maintenance for their home comfort system. While saving a few dollars might seem like a good idea at the time, it can often lead to expenses that far exceed the cost of maintenance.

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There are many tangible reasons for getting maintenance each spring for your home’s air conditioning system. While it’s understandable that you want to save money where you can, in this article we’ll illustrate exactly how you’ll save money in the long run by choosing AC maintenance. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Ways Air Conditioning Maintenance Can Help You Save Money

  1. Lower Energy Use. When you choose to have a qualified professional service your air conditioning system each spring, you’ll help your system operate more efficiently. That can mean savings on your utility bills!
  2. Reduced Need for Repair. A well-maintained system is far less likely to break down, which can mean expensive repairs or even replacement. And often, small problems are caught and can be remedied before they become larger and more costly ones.
  3. Better System Longevity. When you take good care of something, it tends to last longer. This goes for your clothing, your car, and yes, your home comfort system. You’ll save money by not having to replace your system unexpectedly or prematurely.
  4. More Effective Cooling. When your system gets the maintenance it needs, it will operate more effectively. You won’t have to keep turning the thermostat down to effectively cool your home – which means less energy is used.
  5. Maintained System Warranty. Almost all quality home comfort products come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Unfortunately, many people don’t read the fine print, which often requires regular maintenance to keep the warranty in place. And without it, you could be facing some out-of-pocket expenses that would have been covered otherwise.

Can T.F. O’Brien help me get the air conditioning maintenance I need?

We definitely can! All you need to do is call us at 516-488-1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance appointment. And remember, we can help with any other AC service you might need, including repair, replacement, or ductless air conditioning.

Time to Replace an Old System? Choose High-Efficiency Home Comfort!

man looking at energy saving graphs on tabletIf you’ve been thinking about replacing your old heating and cooling equipment, you might be concerned about the cost. While it’s true that HVAC equipment can be an expense, it is a necessary component of your home. Not only does your HVAC system keep you and your family comfortable, but it also helps keep your home in good condition, too. An HVAC system helps keep a regular temperature throughout your home, year-round, and that’s good for structural integrity, plumbing, flooring, and more.

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What you may not know about today’s heating and cooling equipment is that it is far more energy-efficient than its older counterparts. And while better energy efficiency is good for the planet, it’s also good for your home energy budget. In this article, we’ll compare the costs of older systems with today’s high-efficiency solutions, and talk about some alternative types of HVAC equipment that can help you stay comfortable and save even more energy.

How efficient is a 20-year-old HVAC system?

While it seems hard to believe, the year 2000 was more than 20 years ago. Crazy, right? But, many people still have HVAC equipment from 20 years ago in their homes. Chances are, this equipment is not providing you with the best possible energy efficiency. While efficiency standards began to change around 2009, equipment installed before then did not have to meet those rigorous standards.

According to the Department of Energy, a furnace installed in 2002 wastes at least 22 percent of the energy it consumes, meaning it is performing at about 78 percent AFUE. Today’s high-efficiency furnaces often provide 95 percent efficiency, meaning it only wastes 5 percent of the energy used. That can translate into some decent savings on energy bills for you!

Air conditioning systems have also improved greatly over the past 20 years. For instance, an air conditioning system installed in 2002 is likely to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of around 9. The Dept. of Energy suggests that if you upgrade to an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 14, you can reduce your energy consumption by more than 35 percent.

Alternative technologies can help consumers save even more energy.

Because of advancements in heat pump systems, many consumers are choosing to switch over to these types of systems. In the southern states, heat pumps have been used for some time. Over the past few years, advances have been made that allow heat pumps to perform well, even in northern climates. Heat pumps are available that can replace both your central heating and cooling systems, all in one unit. A central heat pump system can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and provides excellent energy efficiency.

If you’ve had electric baseboard heat in your home, a ductless heat pump system can provide better efficiency and year-round comfort. By choosing to replace an old baseboard heating system with ductless, heating costs can be cut by 60 percent, and cooling costs by 30 percent. You’ll enjoy comfort all year long, and have better room-by-room control of your home climate as well. Not to mention, ductless can be installed in an area of your home that doesn’t have access to the home’s central ductwork system, helping to balance out heating and cooling and allowing your current system to operate more effectively and efficiently.

If you’re ready for an upgrade, T.F. O’Brien can help.

At T.F. O’Brien, we can help you get the high-efficiency equipment upgrade you need to enjoy better home comfort and save money on your heating and cooling bills. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with us.

Keep Your Ductless System Running Great Between Maintenance Visits

Man sits on couch comfortably underneath his ductless cooling and heating unitIf you have a ductless system installed in your home, there’s no doubt you’re enjoying the energy efficiency, the room-to-room flexibility, and the improved quality of your indoor air. But like any type of home comfort system, you must keep your ductless heating and cooling system properly maintained. That way, you can count on better operation and efficiency, and longer system life.

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If you rely on your ductless system to both heat and cool your home, it’s a good idea to have it maintained in the fall (before the cold weather hits) and the spring (before the temperature starts to soar). That helps ensure that you’ll have the heating or cooling you’ll need when the time comes. While getting professional maintenance from a qualified ductless contractor is important, though, you should also take some maintenance measures yourself.

Five Ways to Maintain Your Ductless System

Fortunately, it’s easy to help keep your system running properly and efficiently between visits from your HVAC professional. Here are a few tips on what you can do to help maintain your ductless heating and cooling system all year:

  1. Keep the indoor portion of your unit clean. This is as simple as including your ductless unit in your weekly dusting routine. The reason you want to do this is that if you allow dirt, dust, and other particulates to accumulate on your system, they can find their way inside your unit, which can cause problems. To prevent this, just wipe down the unit with a damp cloth.
  2. Keep the outdoor portion clean, too. You’ll want to make sure that the outdoor part of your unit is free of dirt, debris, and anything that could cause clogging, too. Turn the unit completely off, and then use the garden hose to gently spray off your unit. Remove any remaining debris with a cleaning cloth.
  3. Make sure there is space around your unit. Keep larger pieces of art, shelving, and bookcases clear of your unit by about four feet, and don’t place anything directly in front of it that might obstruct the airflow, such as large furniture or seasonal decorations (such as Christmas trees). Space for adequate airflow will help your system perform much more effectively and efficiently.
  4. Remove and clean filters regularly. Why make sure your filters are clean frequently? First of all, dirty filters cause your ductless system to work harder and less efficiently. Secondly, dirty filters reintroduce particles into the air in your living space, causing diminished air quality. Simply wipe the filters down with a clean, dry cloth every four to six weeks.
  5. In harsh weather, keep an eye on your outdoor unit. You’ll want to make sure your unit is protected from snow and ice as best as possible, and you’ll want to check it regularly in the event of accumulation. Remove any built-up precipitation from the unit, and clear the space around it.

T.F. O’Brien can help you keep your ductless system maintained properly.

Aside from measures you can take on your own, having an HVAC professional from T.F. O’Brien help you maintain your system is important, too. They’ll be able to check the inner workings of your ductless heating and cooling system, such as making sure drain hoses aren’t blocked and there are no refrigerant leaks. They’ll look at your system’s electrical components and compressor and make sure those are up to snuff, too. And, they can catch any small concerns before they become larger and more expensive ones.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help your ductless heating and air conditioning system run more effectively and efficiently, and how T.F. O’Brien can help, all you need to do is give us a call. We’re experts in ductless installation, maintenance, and repair. You can count on us to help you find the right ductless maintenance program for your home. Call us at 516.488.1800, and we will be happy to assist you.

Deck Your Rooms with Ductless Heating

Mother and daughter read book on couch near Christmas treeNow that December has arrived, we’ve officially entered the season to be jolly. Unfortunately, we’ve also begun the season to be chilly! This time of year, we all want our homes to be a warm, comfortable haven – and that means we need reliable heating systems. If you have an older heating system that doesn’t keep your family as comfortable as you’d like, you may want to consider ductless heating for your home.

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Ductless heating isn’t a new thing, but it’s becoming much more popular in the Northeast than it used to be. That’s because modern ductless heating systems are much better at providing heat in colder climates than they used to be. Ductless heating uses heat pump technology, and advances allow today’s cold-climate heat pumps to operate effectively even in sub-zero temperatures.

Who can benefit from ductless heating?

While virtually any home is a candidate for ductless heating, those who can particularly benefit are homeowners without ductwork. Homes that use radiant or baseboard heat typically don’t have ductwork in the walls of their homes, and installing it is usually impractical or even impossible. With a ductless heating system, however, there is no need for ductwork at all!

Ductless heating is also ideal for people who have added a converted space or addition to their homes. Often, these areas don’t have access to the home’s ductwork. It can be taxing on the current heating system to deliver heat to a whole new space, especially one that isn’t a part of the HVAC system. The heating system has to work much harder, making it less efficient and effective overall. Installing ductless heating in these areas can help balance out the temperature in the home and save energy.

What are some of the other advantages of ductless heating?

One of the main advantages of ductless heating is that it also serves as air conditioning in the summer months. Most ductless systems provide both heating and AC because they use heat pump technology. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from the air using a heat exchanger, a compressor, and pipes filled with refrigerant. In the winter months, they extract heat from the outdoor air and pump it inside. In the summer, heat pumps reverse the operation, and that keeps your home cool and comfortable.

Ductless heating systems are also highly energy-efficient. They can help you save a lot of money on your energy bills, too – the Department of Energy estimates that heat pump systems, when compared to fuel-burning systems, can reduce your energy consumption by up to 40 percent.

Will it be difficult for the technician to install ductless in my home?

Another advantage of ductless heating is that these systems are usually easily installed. Generally speaking, ductless heating systems only require a small-diameter hole to connect the indoor and outdoor units. That means a lot less muss and fuss for the homeowner. Usually, your technician can install your ductless heating system within a day.

Is a ductless system intrusive to my home environment, though?

Not at all! Most homeowners agree that ductless systems are very quiet. They are usually mounted high on the wall or ceiling, so they blend well with the decor. Additionally, ductless heating systems are easy to control via remote. All most people notice is better home comfort!

Okay, ductless heating sounds good! How can I get it?

That’s the easy part! All you need to do is give T.F. O’Brien a call. We’re experts in ductless installation, maintenance, and repair. You can count on us to help you find the right ductless heating system for your home. Call us at 516.488.1800, and we will be happy to assist you.

The Effect of COVID-19 on the HVAC Industry

tfobrien_supply-chain-shortages_hvacIn March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought many industries across the nation to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, the HVAC industry was not an exception. As facilities shut down, so did the production of HVAC equipment. As a result, there is currently a shortage in the number of products readily available, versus the demand. And, as more people are entrusting the air they breathe to specialty products, such as advanced filtration and other indoor air quality devices, it becomes more difficult for contractors to meet customer needs in as timely a fashion as pre-pandemic.

As HVAC contractors face shortages of supplies, as well as a decreased workforce, it is important for consumers to understand some fundamentals regarding the effect COVID-19 has had on the HVAC industry, and what it means for them. In this article, we will discuss the disruption in the supply chain, how this has impacted our company, and ultimately, how it may affect you as a valued customer.

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What’s causing a disruption in the supply chain?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that the production of HVAC equipment was halted for a significant period of time when the pandemic caused shut-downs at most of the manufacturing facilities that build HVAC equipment, including furnaces, air conditioners, and ductless products. By the time the manufacturing facilities could reopen, there was an unequal balance between supply and demand for HVAC equipment.

Another problem is that there are components (such as computer chips) that are used in the production of HVAC equipment, that are also in short supply. The chip shortage is on a global scale and affects many different industries aside from HVAC, including the automobile and electronics industry. As a result, the price of these products has had to increase, of course placing the burden on the contractor and the end consumer.

Finally, while most manufacturing facilities have reopened, like many other industries they are facing a shortage of workers, which has slowed the production of HVAC equipment down. Additionally, the trucking industry is also dealing with a lack of workers, causing backlogged shipping ports, and an increase in shipping times. It is, however, important to note that many HVAC distributors are doing all that they can to keep up with the demand. An article in ACHR News indicated that most distributors are “carrying well over normal levels [of product], just to make sure that they’ll have products as demand continues to rise.”

How is T.F. O’Brien handling the lack of supply?

Obviously, T.F. O’Brien has not been immune to the lack of equipment, or the reality of a decreased workforce. However, we have worked diligently to maintain great relationships with our suppliers. Because of the mutual trust and consideration we hold with them, we have been able to keep inventory on equipment and materials and minimize price increases for our customers. While there is no possible way to avoid some of the associated costs incurred, we are doing all that we can to keep these increases manageable.

Additionally, we have been working diligently to maintain, and increase, the team at T.F. O’Brien. As we mentioned above, in addition to a shortage in products across the board, there has also been a shortage in manpower. It’s been a priority for us to hire and maintain a qualified workforce so that there will be minimal downtime for our customers, and their needs will be met as promptly as possible.

Can I still rely on T.F. O’Brien to meet my needs?

At T.F. O’Brien, we are truly committed to providing our customers with the products and services they need, in as timely a fashion as possible. While the increased cost of HVAC equipment is, unfortunately, an unavoidable truth, we will, as always, continue to work to ensure that our customers are offered any rebate and incentive opportunities available. And, we will continue to employ highly skilled HVAC technicians in order to provide you with the best possible experience.

We are here to serve you and provide you with the excellent products and services you deserve, and we appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this shortage. If you have any questions regarding the equipment shortage, and how this might impact you, please feel free to contact T.F. O’Brien at (516) 488-1800. We will be happy to discuss this with you.

Dehumidification 101: Learn How to Keep Humidity at Bay in Your Home

TFO AUG HumidityDuring the summer months, people may notice that their homes feel damp or “muggy.” While on occasion this can be a fleeting concern, sometimes, people have ongoing problems with too much moisture in their homes. While at best overly humid air in the home can cause its residents some discomfort, unfortunately, there is a whole host of other issues that can be cause for concern.

In this article, we’ll identify some of the ways excessive humidity can have an adverse effect on your home. We’ll also give you a few practical ideas of what you can do right away to help diminish the amount of moisture in your home, and provide you with a solution to your humidity woes. Keep reading to learn more!

What are some of the issues caused by too much humidity?

Apart from feeling uncomfortable, there are many other reasons why you’ll want to keep the humidity levels in your home in check. If you’re noticing any of these concerns in your home, it’s likely that humidity is causing the problem.

  • You notice mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid areas. If you’ve noticed mold or mildew growth on floors, walls, or ceilings, it is most definitely a cause for concern. Not only can it cause damage to the building materials in these areas, but it can also cause health problems if left unchecked.
  • You’ve discovered peeling paint. Generally speaking, humidity is one of the major reasons why paint might peel on fixtures, furnishings, and walls around your home. That’s because the paint will not adhere properly to surfaces that are too damp. So, if you’ve discovered peeling paint, especially on surfaces that also feel damp to the touch, excess humidity is the likely cause.
  • Your house has an unpleasant odor. If you’re noticing a musty smell around your house, chances are it’s being caused by excess dampness – and unfortunately, mold or mildew growth. Overly humid environments can even help bacteria to grow in your home. Unpleasant smells are a warning sign that these unsavory pathogens are blooming somewhere in your house.
  • There are spots where wood seems discolored. If your home feels overly damp and you’re noticing discoloration on wood in your home, it may be showing signs of wood rot. It may be accompanied by shrinking, cracks, or splinters. If the wood feels soft or crumbles, there is definitely cause for concern. Wood rot can affect the structural integrity of your home.
  • You feel stuffy. Humidity can cause people to experience respiratory concerns, especially when it also has caused mold, mildew, and bacteria to grow excessively in the home. If your nose frequently feels plugged up, it may be because your home is too damp.

How can I help keep decrease the humidity level in my home?

If you’ve noticed any of the conditions above, the chances are your home is too humid. So, what measures can you take today to reduce the amount of humidity in your home? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Turn on the air conditioning. While your AC system is not a dehumidifier, it helps reduce humidity by bringing cool air in and drawing warm, humid air out.
  2. Make sure to turn on exhaust fans. When you shower or use your stovetop, warm, damp air is produced. Your exhaust fan will help draw it out.
  3. Cooldown your showers. Of course, hot showers feel great but they can exponentially add to the humidity level in your home. On damper days, taking a cooler shower can help.
  4. Make sure any leaking pipes are fixed. While there are many reasons why you’ll want to fix leaky pipes in your home, they can contribute to excessive moisture levels.
  5. Take advantage of cool breezes. If the weather outside is muggy, keeping the windows closed is a good plan of action. But if it’s a cooler, breezy day, opening a couple of windows helps.

I’ve taken these steps and it’s still too humid. What else can I do?

So, you’ve tried the above recommendations, but nothing is helping. In this instance, it’s likely time for you to consider installing a dehumidification system in your home. A whole-home dehumidifier is an especially good choice for homes that suffer from excessive moisture. The benefit of one of these dehumidifier types is that they are installed to work in conjunction with your home’s HVAC system. And, because they have a dedicated drain, you won’t have to worry about emptying water tanks.

Another benefit to a whole-home dehumidifier is that it will help keep all areas of your house free of excessive moisture, saving you from many of the issues we mentioned previously in this article. Plus, your air conditioning system will not have to work as hard – and that means it will use less energy, saving you money on your utility bills.

Ready for a more comfortable – and less humid – home? Give T.F. O’Brien a call.

At T.F. O’Brien, your comfort is always our number one priority. You rely on us for your HVAC needs, and you can count on us to help you get your home’s moisture level under control, too. If you’d like to learn more about how we can provide you with the dehumidification system you need, simply give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Need to Update Your AC? Find Out About 3 Common Types.

Now that the summer weather has arrived, most homeowners are turning on their air conditioning systems to escape the outdoor heat. If you have an older system, though, you might be thinking that you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be. As air conditioning systems age, they can become less efficient and less effective, so you end up paying more to cool your home while experiencing diminished comfort. And, if you have to make frequent repairs to your system, the costs may seem to outweigh the benefits.

If your older system is showing more frequent symptoms of needing to be replaced, you may find yourself wondering what the best system might be for your home. It can certainly be confusing – there are many different types of air conditioning systems available today, as well as different ratings and efficiencies. In this article, we’ll focus on the three main types of AC.

Three Types of Air Conditioning Systems

When you’re considering what type of air conditioning system might be best for your home, you’ll find that there is a lot of information out there about AC systems. And that can get super-confusing! Below, we’ve broken down the three main types of air conditioning systems to give you some quick information about how they work and their benefits.

Central Air Conditioning

If you’ve had a central air conditioning system, or if your home has ductwork, central air is likely a good choice for you. Central AC systems provide cooling throughout your entire home via your system of ductwork and vary in size and configuration based on your home’s unique needs.

With a central air conditioner, there is an outdoor unit that connects to an indoor air handler, usually a blower located in the furnace. The outdoor unit sends chilled air into the home, which is then distributed through your duct system by the air handler.

Having properly sized central air conditioning is crucial because if the system is too small or too large, it won’t perform as well and may even not last as long as it should. That’s why it’s very important to choose an HVAC contractor who understands building science and knows how to accurately size the system for your home.

Heat Pump Systems

Heat pump systems are one of the most highly efficient means of cooling your home available. That’s because they absorb the heat from the indoor air and release it into the outdoor air or into the ground. Much like traditional central air conditioning, the system is comprised of an indoor and outdoor unit and uses your home’s ductwork to move the cooled air throughout your home.

Heat pumps are available in two different configurations – air source and ground source (or geothermal). Air source heat pumps transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air, whereas ground source heat pumps move the heat between the indoor air and the ground outside.

With a heat pump system, however, there is the added bonus of being able to heat your home during the cooler months as well. That’s because you can reverse the process, and the heat pump will absorb the heat from the outdoor air (even in cold temperatures) or ground and pump it into your house.

Ductless Cooling Systems

Ductless Air ConditioningDuctless systems generally rely on heat pump technology, which makes them a highly efficient way to cool your home. So, you may be wondering, why get a ductless system when you can just get a heat pump? There are many benefits to ductless that make it a great choice for any home.

First of all, ductless systems do not require ductwork to operate. This is especially beneficial for homes where adding ductwork is either impossible or impractical. They can be used to cool your entire home, or in a space in your home that may not have access to ductwork, such as an addition or converted space. And, they’re far more efficient than other types of room air conditioning, so you’ll likely save on your utility bills.

Like heat pumps, many ductless systems are able to provide heat during cooler weather as well, providing you with a flexible solution for year-round comfort for your home.

How do I know what type of system is best for my home?

At T.F. O’Brien, we believe that knowledge is important, which is why we strive to provide our customers with all the information they need to make the best decision. We’re always happy to work with you and help you choose the best and most efficient system for your home, lifestyle, and budget. If you’d like to learn more about any of these systems, feel free to contact us at 516.488.1800. We’ll be happy to make an appointment with you and help you find the perfect air conditioning system for your home.