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.

Happy October from T.F. O’Brien

October is here, and with it comes cooler breezes, more colorful leaves, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air. The kids are thinking about the perfect Halloween costume, and you and your family might be taking weekend journeys to apple orchards and pumpkin farms.
Amidst all the fun fall has to offer, don’t forget to give us a call to schedule your heating maintenance! It’s the best way to ensure your heating system will run great, no matter how cool the weather outside gets!
With the cooler weather in mind, we at T.F. O’Brien are thinking ahead to those who are less fortunate. That’s why we’ve started a Winter Coat Drive. Click here for details on how you can help us keep people warmer this winter. And, storm season is coming, and that can mean power outages. Find out how a generator can help you weather the storm by clicking here.

Plus, check out these energy-saving tips from NYSERDA:

  • Choose the cold setting on your washer. Whenever possible, wash your laundry with cold water to save on the energy it takes to heat up water for warm and hot settings.
  • Compute with care. Choose to plug computers and other electronics into an advanced power strip. Also, consider choosing a laptop over a desk computer – laptops are more energy efficient.
  • Check your filters. Take a look at the air filters on your home’s HVAC equipment, especially during the high use months. Change out the filter if it’s dirty. That will help your system run more efficiently.
  • Consider a programmable thermostat. That way, you won’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat to fit your schedule – it will automatically adjust for when you’re sleeping or away from home.
  • Change your light bulbs. By swapping out incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs, you can save energy and on future bulb purchases – LEDs last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Enjoy your October! Thank you for reading.
Kerry O’Brien

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

August is known for its hazy, hot and humid weather. Chances are, you’ll be running your air conditioning system much of the time. No matter how efficient your air conditioner is, it still uses energy, and that can get costly if it’s operating most of the time. The good news is, there are a few ways you can maximize your efficiency, making it so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.

Here are five tips that can help:

  1. Seal leaky doors and windows. That way, the cold air won’t escape inside – and the hot outdoor air won’t come in.
  2. Put your ceiling fans to work. Make sure your fans are set to counterclockwise – this helps create a cooler feel to the air.
  3. Make sure your filters are clean. When your air conditioning system runs frequently, its filters can get clogged with dirt and dust. Change it out often during high-use months for better effectiveness and efficiency from your air conditioning system.
  4. Consider a smart thermostat. You’ll have greater control over your AC system. Many smart thermostats “learn” your habits, so they’ll automatically set sleeping and away temperatures. And, most smart thermostats can be controlled even when you’re not there with a convenient phone app.
  5. Keep the heat in your kitchen to a minimum. On very hot days, consider grilling out, using the microwave, or using the Crock-Pot. Turning on your oven can add significantly to the heat of your home, making your AC work harder.

Of course, if you’re concerned about your air conditioning system’s efficiency or effectiveness, or if you’re paying way more on your utility bills than you should be, you should give T.F. O’Brien a call. We can check out your system to rule out any issues, and if there are problems, we can make the needed repairs. To learn more, call us at 516-488-1800, and we’ll be happy to help you.

5 Reasons Why VRV Air Conditioning is Perfect for Your Home or Office

When you need an energy-efficient cooling option for your home or business, you may want to consider variable refrigerant volume (VRV) air conditioning. These systems offer targeted air conditioning for your home or office, and are built with advanced technology that allows them to be highly energy efficient and to provide optimal cooling for your space. Of course, VRV has several benefits that you’ll enjoy for your home or office.

Here are five reasons why you should consider installing VRV air conditioning:

1. It’s efficient.

When you choose to install VRV air conditioning in your home or office, you can look forward to energy savings. They circulate only the minimum amount of refrigerant needed. And, they offer individual climate control of air conditioning zones. This means they use less energy – and that will save you money in the long run on your utility bills.

2. It requires little to no ductwork.

VRV systems are engineered to minimize or eliminate the need for ductwork. When you install one of these air conditioning systems, you won’t have to deal with the mess and hassle of adding ductwork to your home. And, because VRV systems operate without the need for additional ductwork, they’re perfect for spaces like additions, converted attics and finished basements.

3. It’s easy to design and install.

You won’t have to worry about your home or office being a construction zone for weeks when you choose to have a VRV air conditioning system installed. Designing these systems is simple because there is a wide selection of units available, ensuring that each particular unit installed is suited to its environment. And, because installation is simpler than with traditional air conditioning systems, you won’t have the mess and weeks of construction.

4. It requires little maintenance.

VRV systems require little maintenance and are highly reliable. As long as you get the annual maintenance on your VRV air conditioning system as you would a traditional system, you should notice amazing reliability, energy efficiency and cooling effectiveness from the moment of installation and for years to come.

5. It’s readily available from T.F. O’Brien.

When you work with T.F. O’Brien, you’ll have access to our full lineup of air conditioning products and services, including VRV air conditioning. You can count on our highly skilled technicians to install your VRV system to perfection. We ensure our technicians are trained in all the latest technologies, so we’re able to provide you with quality products and expert installation. We trust Daikin® to provide our customers with the very best in variable refrigerant volume air conditioning systems for their homes and offices.

Contact T.F. O’Brien today to learn more about VRV AC.

Don’t suffer through another sweltering summer – choose the professionals at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating to help with all of your VRV air conditioning needs. T.F. O’Brien proudly serves all of Long Island, including Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Brooklyn, and is ready to assist you. Simply call us at 516.488.1800 and one of our friendly representatives will be more than happy to help you.

Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) Air Conditioning on Long Island

Variable refrigerant volume (VRV) air conditioning is a technology that minimizes efficiency losses that are found in conventional systems, and is engineered to minimize or use no ductwork. Because the VRV air conditioning system is energy efficient and simpler to design, install and maintain, it can save Long Island, NY commercial and residential customers on energy and provide sustainable energy benefits.

Posted by T.F.O'Brien & Co., Inc. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Beat the Summer Heat this July with T.F. O’Brien

July is here, and the heat has made our rough winter long forgotten. It’s definitely been a warm one so far, and we’re busy making sure our customers are able to stay cool and comfortable. If you’re noticing the slightest concern with your air conditioning system, it’s a good idea to give us a call and set up an appointment ahead of a breakdown, so we can help ensure you stay cool and comfortable.

We offer a full listing of air conditioning services, including AC repair and maintenance. And, we install a complete range of air conditioning products which include central air, high efficiency, ductless, and more. We will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss what system would be perfect for your home and lifestyle. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 to set up a consultation with one of our comfort specialists.

This month, click here to learn how you can keep your home cool – and your energy bills lower. And, did you know home generators can help you weather a summer storm? Or maybe you’re holding out on installing AC. Here are some reasons NOT to get AC for your home this summer.

We hope you have a great July, and thank you for reading.

Enjoy!

Kerry O’Brien

What Type of AC is Best for Your Home?

You don’t have to suffer through a heat wave this summer when you rely on T.F. O’Brien to help you get the relief you need. We provide air conditioning installation, done to your complete satisfaction. We’re committed to the comfort of our customers, which is why we’ve always been a leader in innovative home comfort products and have stayed on top of all the latest new technologies. We can help you stay cool this summer, in a way that’s perfect for your home and your lifestyle. We offer a number of different types of air conditioning products, so we’re sure to find just the right one for you and your family.

We’re pleased to offer traditional central air conditioning for your home, as well as ductless, high velocity, and heat pump systems:

Central Air Conditioning: Central air is very common, and if you already have a central air conditioning system in your home, replacing it with another when the time comes is a fairly simple process, because the ductwork is already in place. If your system is older, switching to new, high-efficiency central air can help you save money on your utility bills, and keep your home more comfortable all summer long.

High-Velocity AC: This type of air conditioning system is perfect for older, multi-story homes that lack ductwork, but are in need of improved home cooling. This is an ideal system for adding air conditioning to homes where larger ductwork may be impossible or impractical. High velocity air conditioning offers a dehumidified, cooler environment while providing complete and thorough air conditioning.

Ductless Air Conditioning: Do you have a room in your home that you’d like to be more climate controlled, but where ductwork might be impractical or impossible? For spaces where adding ductwork isn’t really a great option, ductless, or mini-split, air conditioning can help. Ductless units are great for additions, finished basements, converted garages and other areas of your home where cooling is needed.

Heat Pumps: It may sound counterintuitive, but heat pumps not only help to heat your home in the winter; they can help you stay cool during the summer months as well. The heat pumps we install have been engineered to work great in colder climates, and can provide your home with appropriate levels of cooling all summer long. And, they have achieved an Energy Star rating, and use a non ozone-depleting refrigerant.

The professionals at T.F. O’Brien can help you decide which type of air conditioning is best for your home. Simply call us at 516.488.1800 and one of our friendly representatives will be more than happy to help 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.

Energy Saving Heat Pump Systems

Modern heat pump systems can help you save energy.

Are you thinking about updating your home’s heating and cooling system? You may be surprised to learn that you can do it, all with just one system, when you choose to install a heat pump. Heat pump systems are able to both heat and cool your home, all while providing you with energy efficiency. With today’s advanced technologies, it’s possible for people living even in colder climates (like New York) to choose a heat pump for effective home heating and cooling.

There are many benefits to choosing a heat pump system, like the Carrier Infinity®, for your home – but the main one for most people is the amazing energy efficiency. Heat pumps move heat rather than generate it, and that allows them to offer the same space conditioning for much less of a cost, compared to older heating and cooling systems. In fact, the Department of Energy indicates that modern heat pumps use up to 50 percent less energy when compared to furnaces and baseboard heat.

Another benefit is that your heat pump system can efficiently control your home climate – year round. That’s because heat pumps offer both heating and cooling. Infinity heat pump systems are high quality, and are manufactured by one of the best home comfort brands in the business, so you can rely on them for effectiveness, efficiency and durability. You’ll also be glad to know the Infinity heat pump system is environmentally sound, having achieved an ENERGY STAR rating and using non ozone-depleting refrigerant.

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships offers that a heat pump system can save consumers more than $400 annually compared to an electric system, and more than $900 when replacing an oil system. There are different models to choose from, including both ductless and ducted systems. At T.F. O’Brien, we can help you choose the best one for your home and your comfort needs. Our skilled technicians will provide you with expert, professional installation and service after the sale. To learn more, give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we will be happy to assist you.

Shamrock Savings from T.F. O’Brien!

Happy March from all of us here at T.F. O’Brien! We love this time of year, because it means St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and spring is right around the corner. It also means we’re gearing up for our annual Shamrock Savings event. What’s so special about this sale? We pull out all the stops to get our valued customers into a great new high-efficiency home comfort system, by giving them our best offer of the year!
When you choose to take advantage of our Shamrock Savings event, you won’t just be installing a top-performing system in your home. We’re also including some terrific add-ons that will make your home more comfortable and your life easier. Couple that with incredible rebates, and you’ll be enjoying the best in home comfort in no time – for less!

Learn more about our Shamrock Sales event, and how you can save “green” all year long.

Click here to learn more about how you can save, and be sure to check out our 2018 Shamrock Savings commercial! And, did you know installing high-efficiency equipment in your home can help you save the “green” now – and for years to come? Here’s how.
And, it’s never too early to get on board with your spring maintenance needs. Give us a call at 516.488.1800 to schedule your spring preventive maintenance appointment today!
Thanks for reading. Best wishes for a magical March!
Kerry

Why Upgrade to High Efficiency HVAC? Here Are Five Reasons!

As you know, our Shamrock Sale is going on right now, and that can help you get into a new high efficiency system. With this sale, you’ll be able to save money – but is there any other benefit to choosing high efficiency equipment? ENERGY STAR, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, says yes, and gives a few reasons why switching is a great choice.

Your home will be more energy-efficient. Of course, this seems like a given, considering we’re talking about high-efficiency equipment. But you might be surprised at just how much more efficient it will be. An AC system installed in the 1990s, for instance, is about 50 percent less efficient than today’s air conditioning. That’s a pretty big deal.

You’ll save money on your energy bills. Who doesn’t want to see their utility bills decrease? Most people who choose to have high-efficiency air conditioning properly installed in their homes by qualified technicians can enjoy savings on energy bills, even during the hottest months of summer.

You’ll help the planet. When you use less energy, you also help prevent carbon pollution are help to reduce other greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere. On top of that, modern air conditioning systems use a much more efficient and environmentally sound form of refrigerant that does not harm the ozone layer.

You can save even more energy. Modern air conditioners are already more efficient than their predecessors. But high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified systems can save you even more – up to 15 percent! Imagine your energy savings – and utility bill savings – on a system that could be 65 percent more efficient than the one you currently own.

You can save thousands when you make the change now. Yes, you heard that right – thousands. With our Shamrock Sale, you can save $3,192 on a new, high-efficiency system. Not only will you get great rebates on select systems, but you’ll also be eligible to receive both a free humidifier and a free Wi-Fi thermostat with a complete high-efficiency system installation.

When you combine our offer with special financing (with approved credit), you have a great deal. And, this is our best offer this year – but you have to act quickly. Once St. Patrick’s Day arrives, this pot of gold disappears! Our Shamrock Sale ends on March 17, 2018. To take advantage of this great opportunity – and enjoy a more energy-efficient home, call T. F. O’Brien today at 516.488.1800.