Made for Each Other: Ductless & Converted Spaces

Many times, homeowners decide to add to their home’s space, whether by building an addition or remodeling parts of their home that may not have been ideal living areas before. Unfortunately, often these areas don’t have access to the home’s ductwork, and adding it may be impractical or impossible. How can you get these areas of your home the climate control they need? You should know, ductless and converted spaces are made for each other!

If you’ve added to your home, or if you’ve converted a garage, attic or basement into an area for you and your family to enjoy, ductless heating and cooling can help keep that area comfortable. It both effectively heats and cools your home, so it’s perfect for year-round use. Not to mention, by keeping a consistent climate throughout your home, your main heating and cooling systems will operate more efficiently, too.

There are several benefits to installing ductless in your converted spaces.

While it goes without saying that a ductless system will make those areas of your home without ductwork more comfortable, you should know that there are other advantages to ductless as well.

  • Ductless heating and cooling is efficient. Because they use advanced heat pump technology, ductless systems offer high efficiency. As a result, they’re an extremely cost-effective choice for your space.
  • Ductless systems are quiet. These systems are made to operate so that they don’t disturb homeowners with noisy operation. Space heaters can emit a buzzing noise, and  window AC units are often loud. Conversely, ductless is whisper-quiet, so you’re able to better enjoy the comfort.
  • Heating and cooling with ductless can help with air quality. Ductless systems are made to filter the conditioned air they push out into your living space. They trap many of the particles that can get circulated through the air. As a result, ductless creates a cleaner environment with fewer allergens.
  • Ductless systems are non-obtrusive. Having your ductless system installed requires very little construction work, and you won’t have to worry about the cost and mess that comes with adding ductwork to your home. And, ductless systems are made to blend in seamlessly with virtually any home décor.

Make your converted space or addition one the whole family falls in love with this February – choose ductless heating and cooling to make it a welcoming area year round. At T.F. O’Brien, we’re happy to help you get the ductless system you need for your home. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll see if ductless is the perfect match for you!

Use All Your Spaces This Winter With Ductless Heating

When the warmer weather starts to change over to crisp days and colder nights, many homeowners close off areas of their home that don’t have the benefit of the home’s heating system. Spaces like converted attics, finished basements, additions and sunrooms often don’t have the needed ductwork to heat them during the winter months. The result? People usually close them off until warmer weather returns. But there’s an easy way to make your spaces without ducts usable, and perfectly climate-controlled, all winter long – ductless heating.

Ductless heating offers homeowners a way to keep areas of their home, where ductwork is impractical or impossible, comfortable – no matter what the weather is like outside. Unlike space heaters, which can be loud, obtrusive and even dangerous, ductless can mount on your wall or ceiling and offers complete comfort control of your space for you and your family. What’s more, ductless systems also offer cooling in the summer, so when you install one in a space in your home, you can comfortably use that area all year long.

Does ductless installation require a lot of time and construction?

Ductless systems are generally simple to install, and require minimal construction. In most cases, installation takes a day or two. All that’s required to connect the indoor and outdoor units is a small hole, usually no more than three inches in diameter. You can count on your T.F. O’Brien technician to have your ductless heating system up and running in no time. There’s very little mess, and no need for ductwork installation.

Besides being able to use your converted attic, finished basement, addition or sunroom year-round, you’ll also enjoy many additional benefits. Ductless systems are simple to use – you’ll be able to control room temperature at the touch of a button. Not to mention, ductless is highly energy efficient – much more than a space heater or window air conditioner. They blend seamlessly with your décor and offer quiet operation – all while delivering year-round comfort to your space.

Can T.F. O’Brien help me get the ductless system I need?

This winter, you don’t have to sacrifice space in your home just because it doesn’t have access to ductwork. You can enjoy year-round comfort by installing ductless heating and air conditioning from T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. You can trust our highly skilled technicians to provide you with courteous, professional services. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be glad to assist you.

Planning a Summer Remodeling Project? Consider Ductless.

Have you been thinking about remodeling a space in your home this summer, or adding on a new room or two? Then of course you’ll want to consider how to keep these rooms comfortable. You may be surprised to learn that there is a fairly simple option for spaces like finished basements, converted garages and attics, and new additions – and that solution is ductless heating and cooling. When you choose this option from T.F. O’Brien, you’ll get all the benefits you would from a traditional system – with energy savings and comfort control you may not expect.

Ductless systems are just as their name indicates – heating and cooling systems that require no ductwork in order to operate. Many use an efficient heat pump system, so you can count on saving energy and, in turn, money on your utility bills. Construction is minimal, as there is no need to open up walls to add additional ductwork. A ductless system also allows you targeted control of each unit you install – so whether you install a new system in just your remodeled area or addition, or you decide to add it to your entire home, you’ll be able to control comfort levels via remote control, easily and with the touch of a button.

Aside from energy savings and comfort control, there are a few other benefits to installing ductless as well. Ductless systems are non-obtrusive, so you don’t have to worry about them clashing with your décor. They come in a variety of configurations, including high wall mounted, ceiling mounted, and in-ceiling mounted. Not to mention, they offer quiet operation, and generally feature a longer operating life. At T.F. O’Brien, we provide Daikin® ductless systems, so you can count on energy efficiency, non-ozone depleting refrigerant, and quality you can trust.

So, if you’re planning a remodel or addition, give T.F. O’Brien a call. We’ll be happy to help you get a quality Daikin ductless system installed in your home – for worry-free comfort all year long. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be glad to help.

August Message from Kerry

kerry_obrien_coolingWelcome to the August Message from Kerry. We hope this finds you well and enjoying the remaining days of summer. It’s hard to believe, but in just a few short weeks the kids will be back to school, and we’ll be back to routine. Summer never seems to last long enough! That’s why this is the time of year to take advantage of all the great things the season has to offer – and to make those home improvements you’ve had on the back burner.

For instance, you might have been thinking about – and putting off – installing new air conditioning in your home this summer. It’s not too late! We can help you get a new air conditioning system so once next summer rolls around, you’ll be more comfortable and energy-efficient than ever! Of course, when late summer approaches, so does hurricane season. Here on Long Island, we unfortunately know what the aftermath of that can be like. We encourage you to protect your family with a standby generator. And, late summer is the time of year when plants like goldenrod start to bloom, making those with allergies suffer. Did you know T.F. O’Brien can help you improve your indoor air quality?

All of us at T.F. O’Brien hope you have a wonderful August. Thanks for reading!


Go Duct-Free in your Long Island, NY Home

If you’ve converted a basement into a living space, built an addition, or have a sun porch you’d like to use year-round, you probably know comfort in those rooms can be an issue. But, it can be hard to heat or cool these areas of your Long Island, NY home because they lack ductwork, making it difficult to tie your home comfort system into those spaces. You might not like the look – or the inconvenience – of bulky window AC units, and you might be concerned about the safety issues attached to space heaters. So what can you do to make those spaces of your home without ductwork more livable?

If your home is lacking ductwork, or there’s a particular room in your house that is too warm or cold, a ductless heating and cooling system is the perfect solution. You might be thinking ductless isn’t right for your Long Island, NY home because it isn’t as inconspicuous as heating and cooling with ducts, but that’s a common misconception. Ductless systems work well as long as your space has walls and a ceiling, as the units are mounted up in a high spot on the wall to fully circulate the air to all corners of the room.

And, with ductless, you won’t have a bulky system hanging out of your window like you would with a window AC unit, or a unit taking up an outlet and sitting in the middle of your room like you would with a space heater.  Even better, ductless heating and cooling systems provide all the efficiency of a standard HVAC system, but because of the lack of ductwork, they’re quiet and tucked out of the way.

Aside from their inconspicuous nature, there are several other advantages to installing a ductless system in your home. Here are just a few additional reasons why you might want to choose ductless heating and cooling options for your Long Island, NY home:

Better Comfort: Ductless systems are made to move cooled and heated air efficiently and evenly through your room. Just one unit can heat and cool a fairly large living space, which makes them a perfect choice for homes with open floor plans.

Energy Savings: Ductless systems are much more efficient than space heaters and window AC units, and even provide better efficiency than electric heat in many instances. You’ll save money on your utility bills when you choose to go ductless.

Heating & Cooling Combo: You’ll be comfortable all year round when you install a ductless heating and cooling system. Your system will offer AC when you need it during those sweltering summer months, and heat when the temperatures outside turn chilly.

No Messy Construction: Because your ductless system doesn’t require invasive ductwork installation, you’ll be able to enjoy hassle-free home comfort quickly, and without the need for a messy remodeling project.

Better Indoor Air Quality: Ductless cooling and heating systems offer improved filtration, meaning dust, pollen, germs, mildew and odors are better mitigated, and fresh, healthier air is circulated around your home.

At T.F. O’Brien, we understand that not all homes are created equal and that’s why we want to make sure you have the best fit for your heating and cooling systems. Being in the industry for 80 years, our team is skilled and qualified to handle all services dealing with ductless ac and heating, which is why we provide a full range of services for the ductless system in your Long Island, NY home, including:

So whether you are looking for an effective and aesthetic option for your house to stay cool in the hot months and keep warm when the weather gets chilly, or ductwork is just improbable in your Long Island, NY home, a ductless system is the right solution for you. Count on T.F. O’Brien to get you set up with the system that works best for your home by calling 516.488.1800 and setting up an appointment with one of our technicians today.

Ductwork Obstructions Might Be the Culprit When it Comes to Home Inefficiencies

ductwork obstructions, Long Island, New YorkIf your energy bills were high this summer when you ran the air conditioner or you have uncomfortable spaces inside your home, you might have ductwork obstructions. Continue reading “Ductwork Obstructions Might Be the Culprit When it Comes to Home Inefficiencies”

Duct Sealing Goes A Long Way

Forced-air heating and cooling systems are useless without ductwork. After all, ducts distribute the heated and cooled air throughout your home. However, if your ducts are improperly sealed you could be losing much of that air through gaps and cracks. And that means your family is living in rooms that aren’t as comfortable as they could be. Continue reading “Duct Sealing Goes A Long Way”

Sealing Air Ducts for Savings

You may have the newest, most energy efficient heating and air equipment, or maybe your system getting on in years but still performing well. Whichever is your situation, a sure way to get the most out of either is to check your air ducts.
Continue reading “Sealing Air Ducts for Savings”

Faced with “Repair or Replace” Decision? Some Tips…

Homeowners often face the decision of whether to repair or replace their furnace. Before making this important decision, answer the following questions:

  • Is your system in overall good condition? If so, it might be more cost- effective to repair it.
  • How long are you planning to live in your home? If you are moving within a couple of years, evaluate whether a new system will increase the value of your home. If the cost outweighs the investment value, consider repair. If you are planning on living in your home for many more years, consider the benefits of a more energy efficient system.
  • Have you addressed insulation and duct work? Proper insulation and seals can save up to 20 percent on your energy costs.
  • Are you using a programmable thermostat? A programmable thermostat can save up to 30 percent in energy costs.
  • Have you performed the Home Energy Yardstick? Use this tool to score your home’s energy efficiency.

Consider repairing if:

  • Your system is less than 15 years old.
  • The repair is under $500.
  • The overall condition of your system is good.
  • Your energy bills are reasonable and not concerning.
  • Your Home Energy Yardstick score is 5 or above.

Consider replacing if:

  • Your system is over 15 years old.
  • Your system needs frequent repairs.
  • Your Home Energy Yardstick score is less than 5. If the energy savings of a more efficient unit will cover all or part of your investment, consider replacing it.
  • Your utilities costs are constantly rising.
  • You are concerned about air quality. Consider replacement with an energy-efficient system that can reduce the potential for air contaminants like mold, bacteria, and dust.

A general rule of thumb that can be helpful in deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace is to add up your energy costs for the past winter and multiply by 20 percent. Divide that number into the cost of buying and installing. This is an estimate of how many years it will take to recoup your investment.

Of course, you can also count on T.F. O’Brien for expert advice on repairing vs. replacing your furnace. We can walk you through the options and help you make an educated decision. Call us if we can help.

Trying to Heat or Cool an Added Space? Ductless Options Exist.

The idea that a home heating and cooling system is most efficient as a whole, seamless system is important to consider when contemplating modifications to the way you control your house’s climate.   There are alternatives to add-on  ductwork that do not necessarily detract from your home’s comfort and efficiency.   Additions can be heated and cooled very effectively with ductless heating and cooling, so long as the heating system continues to function as a harmonious unit.

There are a number of factors to consider when thinking about ductless heating and cooling, such as climate, room size and location, and  energy use.   Numerous ductless options exist that match the efficiency, control, and unobtrusiveness of a duct system.   For maximizing space,  cassette systems  are ideal as they fit inside the ceiling of a room.   Slightly more powerful  under-ceiling units are both quiet and inconspicuous and can increase the comfort level of any room in which they are used.   When ceiling space is unavailable,  high-wall units can be installed discreetly and without the annoying noise output of window-based units.   All of these options can be easily and precisely controlled remotely and exemplify the ultra-efficiency found in duct systems.    Multi-split units are capable of delivering climate control to up to four rooms with only one outdoor unit, no ductwork required!

For ductless heating and cooling, single unit split systems like the ones above are often the most efficient option.   Alternatives, such as radiant heaters, space heaters, wood and pellet stoves, evaporative coolers, and room-specific air conditioners can be useful in the right sized space and the right climate, but none offer heating and cooling together.   Large windows and skylights can, when implemented correctly and combined with insulation, warm a room efficiently.   Likewise, passive and active ventilation can be used to cool an area.   These methods, however are less controllable than duct-free split systems and are therefore less reliable.   When contemplating ductless heating and cooling, explore all options, but control and comfort are best combined in  duct-free split systems.

The decision is yours to make, but for expert advice on all your options, feel free to call on the professionals at  T.F. O’Brien. We’re happy to help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).   For more information about ductless heating and cooling and other HVAC topics,  click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.