Is a Heat Pump System Right for Your Home?

tfobrien heatpump energy efficiencyHave you been thinking about replacing the old heating system in your home? Maybe your current system hasn’t been keeping your home as warm as you’d like, or maybe you’ve noticed a steady increase in your utility bills over the past few years. Or, perhaps you’ve had to make a lot of expensive repairs to your system, and it still isn’t running as well as it should be.

No matter what your reason may be for deciding to replace your current heating system, you should know that there are options available that are highly efficient and can help you save on energy costs. If you choose a traditional furnace or boiler, modern systems offer superior energy efficiency when compared to their older counterparts. You should also know, heat pump systems are a viable option for many homeowners as well.

What is a heat pump system?

Just like the name implies, a heat pump system “pumps” heat – either into, or out of, your home. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), heat pump systems transfer heat between your home and the outside air. During the cooler months, heat pumps actually extract the existing heat from the outdoor air and move it into your home. Because these systems move heat rather than make heat, they are highly efficient, helping you save both energy and money.

Additionally, there is an added bonus to installing a heat pump system – because they move heat, they can also move it out of your home during the summer months. This enables your heat pump system to provide both heating and cooling to your home, making it a viable solution if you need to replace your entire home comfort system. Heat pump systems are available for homes both with and without ducts, too, so virtually any home can benefit from heat pump installation.

Will it work in cooler climates?

Many homeowners express concern over whether heat pump systems will operate properly in areas that tend to get colder winters. Much of this concern stems from the fact that for many years, heat pumps didn’t function well below a certain temperature. However, according to the DOE, heat pump technology has advanced significantly in recent years, now allowing it to offer “a legitimate space heating alternative in colder regions.”

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re pleased to provide our clients with quality heat pump solutions for their home. When you make an appointment with us, we can evaluate your home to make sure a heat pump solution is the right choice. We’ll explain the benefits of heat pump systems, and help you choose the perfect system for your home. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be glad to assist you.

AC Then & Now: How Air Conditioning Has Changed

GettyImagesInstalling home air conditioning is nothing new. In fact, the first private home to have air conditioning installed was built in 1914. At first, it was a luxury only easily afforded by the wealthy. It wasn’t until 1945, when a less expensive, compact window air conditioner was developed, that more people had access to home cooling. But in the years that followed this invention, leaps and bounds in air conditioning technology were made, and soon, central air became more accessible to the general public.

Air conditioning installation in new home builds became much more common, and by the late 1960s, most of the new homes built had central air conditioning. According to the Department of Energy, today, nearly 100 million homes in America, or 87 percent of households, have air conditioning. With so many Americans relying on cooling – and the detrimental effects that refrigerants in the past could have on the environment – many manufacturers took the responsibility to create better, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly AC.

Changes in refrigerants and efficiency make modern systems better for consumers and for the planet.

For many years, the effect of early refrigerants on the environment was not known. But as time passed, it became more and more clear that refrigerants were causing depletion of the ozone layer and were contributing to the greenhouse effect. Manufacturers sought a safer type of refrigerant, and in 1996, air conditioning systems using the refrigerant R-410A, came out on the market. This refrigerant differed from its precursor, R-22, in that it doesn’t contribute to ozone depletion, and functions at a much higher efficiency. That means air conditioning systems that use this type of refrigerant are more efficient, saving energy.

The Department of Energy explains that with new standards in place, modern air conditioning systems use about 50 percent less energy than they did in 1990. Because of this, homeowners can enjoy better comfort, all while saving energy – and, ultimately, money on their utility bills. And, many manufacturers and utility companies recognize the benefits of installing a new, more efficient system. As a result, they offer homeowners rebates and incentives for installing new, efficient, environmentally sound air conditioning.

Modern technology has helped make air conditioning more sustainable than ever.

In addition, new types of air conditioning systems were being developed with a focus on overall improved efficiency. One type of system, ductless air conditioning, was created for homes where ductwork wasn’t available. Replacing less-efficient window air conditioning, ductless systems are highly efficient and easily controlled. For homeowners, that means greater efficiency. With ductless, it’s much simpler to create a zoned system that keeps spaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter – all while increasing efficiency and comfort levels.

And, heat pumps are becoming more and more of an option for homeowners, as new technology has created heat pumps that operate in much colder temperatures than their predecessors. Because heat pumps cool (or heat) spaces by moving heated air rather than generating it, these systems are extremely efficient. The Department of Energy offers that heat pump systems can reduce energy use by 30-60 percent, in addition to controlling humidity and providing durability and reliability. And, today’s cold climate heat pumps can operate even when outdoor temperatures dip to -15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is it time to replace your old, inefficient air conditioning? T. F. O’Brien can help.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’ve made it our priority to stay on top of modern trends and better, more sustainable technology when it comes to comfort equipment. We provide our customers with the very best, most efficient systems available on the market today. We’ll work with you to ensure that the system installed in your home not only keeps you comfortable, but helps you enjoy maximum energy efficiency as well. To schedule an appointment with us, simply call us at 516.488.1800, and one of our comfort specialists will be glad to talk with you about today’s many efficient, effective home-cooling options.

How A Heat Pump System Can Help You Keep Your Cool This Summer

Many people are exploring ways that they can keep their homes comfortable year-round, all while reducing their carbon footprint. Your home comfort systems account for a good percentage of your home’s overall energy usage. It only makes sense that when it comes time to replace your equipment, you choose a system that not only provides excellent home comfort, but also minimizes energy use. For that reason, more and more people are turning to heat pump systems for home comfort.

You may wonder what a heat pump system is. Or, you may have heard about them, but learned that they don’t work well in cooler climates. You should know, today’s heat pump systems are manufactured to operate in colder temperatures. As a result, even Long Islanders can benefit from one. To understand how a heat pump system keeps your home comfortable in all temperatures, you first need to know how they work.

How Heat Pumps Operate

While there are many different styles of heat pumps to choose from for your Long Island, NY home, most commonly people install a split system. This simply means some of the components of the heat pump are inside your home, and some are outside. Regardless of their configuration, heat pumps work by transferring hot air as opposed to burning fuel inside your home, leading to higher energy efficiency. They’re designed to provide your home with the appropriate levels of heating and cooling, at a price that works within your budget.

Here are a few of the benefits a heat pump system can provide:

  • High efficiency
  • Year round comfort (heat in the winter, cooling in the summer)
  • Dehumidification of indoor air
  • Can be used to complement a traditional furnace, improving home efficiency
  • Uses an environmentally friendly, non-ozone depleting refrigerant
  • Often, tax credits and incentives are available for heat pump systems

Choose T.F. O’Brien for your heat pump installation.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of choosing a heat pump to help cool your home this summer – and warm it once winter arrives – all you need to do is contact us at 516-488-1800. One of our comfort specialists will be happy to explain the benefits of a heat pump system to you, and help you discover if it’s the right choice for your home.

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

Happy February from T.F. O’Brien!

Welcome to our February e-newsletter. We hope you’re staying safe and warm in spite of our snowy winter weather. Groundhog Day has arrived, and as you know, the original groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil unfortunately saw his shadow. Nassau County’s Malverne Mel saw his shadow as well, but there is hope – Suffolk County’s Holtsville Hal has predicted an early spring. Of course it’s always fun to speculate that the weather will either improve or stay chilly based on these critters’ findings, but it’s best to be prepared for those six more weeks of winter regardless. 

That’s why right now, we’re offering a winter clean and check special, to help ensure your system runs smoothly the rest of the season.

For just $89.50, we’ll make sure your heating system is at the top of its game and prepared to keep you comfortable until the warm weather returns. The services provided include:
  • Clean & Inspect Burners
  • Inspect Pilot Assembly
  • Inspect Flue Piping
  • Replace Customer-Supplied Air Filter (if applicable)
  • Check Carbon Monoxide Levels
  • Test Safety Controls
  • Report on Overall Equipment Condition & Operation
And, if you need us in an emergency, we’ll help you as soon as we possibly can. During inclement weather, we do take our trucks off the road to ensure the safety of our staff, but we strive to get to our emergency calls as soon as the roadways are safe for travel.

This month, check out this information about ductless heating and heat pumps. These heating systems have come a long way and can offer you year-round comfort, because they also provide air conditioning. For instance, VRV systems are ductless and highly energy efficient, providing sustainable energy benefits for years to come. Learn more about them and enjoy an informative video by clicking here. And, everyone wants to save energy. Here’s seven tips that can help you start saving energy today.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great February.
 
Enjoy,  
 
Kerry

Cold Climate Heat Pumps = Energy Efficient Comfort

According to the Department of Energy, heating one’s home is the largest energy expense for most homeowners in the U.S. But with advances in technology, heat pumps can now be used in the cooler climate of the Northeast – and they can save you money.

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships offers that a heat pump system can save consumers more than $400 annual 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. We can help you choose the best one for your home and your comfort needs.

Another heat pump system benefit is, they can also be used in warm weather for air conditioning. As a result, they can be an ideal solution for all your home comfort needs. They’re made to heat and cool your home appropriately, at a price that works with your budget.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the heat pump you need.

At T.F. O’Brien, our heat pumps are high quality and are from the best home comfort brands in the business. And, you’ll be glad to know that our heat pumps are environmentally sound. They’ve achieved an Energy Star rating and using non ozone-depleting refrigerant. To find out more about installing a heat pump in your home, visit our heat pump page or give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be glad to help.

Need Heating Services for Your Nassau County Home? We Can Help.

Even though nobody wants to think about it, cooler weather is coming. Once it hits, you’ll be relying on your the heating system in your Nassau County home. And, if you have an older system, you may need repairs or other services. That’s why you need a heating contractor who’s reliable and can offer all the services you might need. When you put your trust in T.F. O’Brien, we can help you stay warm and toasty all winter long.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re a full-service contractor providing heating services all throughout Nassau County. We have credentials you can trust, and provide a complete range of heating services for your home. We want to make staying comfortable easy for you, whether you have a furnace, a boiler, a heat pump or ductless. As a result, we offer installation, maintenance and repair services for all types of heating systems.

Here’s how T.F. O’Brien helps you get the heating services you need for your Nassau County home:

Heating System Maintenance: One way you can ensure that, once the long, cold winter months arrive, your family will be safe and warm is by choosing heating system maintenance. At T.F. O’Brien, we know that heating system maintenance is vital to the life of your equipment, which is why we offer comprehensive heating system maintenance plans for our customers. Keeping your heating system properly maintained is a priority for us because it helps your system operate at peak performance, while helping you save on utility bills.

Heating System Repair: It’s Murphy’s Law – if it’s going to break down, your heating system likely will do so on the coldest night of the year. You need a heating contractor can help in a hurry – which is why you should count on T. F. O’Brien. Our technicians are highly trained and use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, instruments and tools available so they can evaluate your heating system repair needs quickly and thoroughly, which will help you save time and money – and get back to being warm and comfortable!

New Heating System Installation: Do you need a new heating system installation for your home this winter? Then you should call the experts at T.F. O’Brien. We make it our priority to always look out for your best interests and provide high quality new heating system installations to ensure the comfort and safety you expect. We offer systems that will keep your home at the perfect comfort level, all while helping you save on your home’s energy consumption – as well as on your heating bills. And, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

And, we offer a wide range of heating products, so no matter what you need, we can help.

Don’t let another cold winter leave you feeling the chill – count on us to help you stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside may get. When you need a heating contractor, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly provides heating services to all of Nassau County. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800.

Hiring the Right Heating Service Contractor for Your Nassau County Home

When you need heating services, you want to know that the contractor you’re inviting into your home is qualified to perform the HVAC services you need, whether it’s maintenance, repair or installation. In an article on the Angie’s List website, author Paul F. P. Pogue discusses what you should look for in an HVAC contractor, and the homework you really should do before hiring someone for the heating service needs of your Nassau County home.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Licensure: When you hire a heating service contractor for your Nassau County home, you’ll want to make sure they hold the appropriate licenses. You’re taking your heating system into your own hands if you choose to hire a contractor without the proper licensure. It can mean that your contractor doesn’t have the right education and experience for the job, and there’s a good chance their company isn’t properly bonded or insured.
  • Insurance: It should go without saying – anybody who does any work in your home should be insured. Why? Without the right insurance, you as a homeowner can be held liable in the case of accidental damage or injury. So before you hire someone to perform heating service in your Nassau County home, make sure they’re properly insured.
  • Quality Brands: Does the contractor install brands with a proven track record? If you’ve never heard of what they’re selling, or can’t easily find information on the brand on the Internet, then maybe they don’t. Just like you should be cautious about who is providing heating service in your Nassau County home, you should also be aware of what equipment manufacturers are considered to be the cream of the crop.
  • Testimonials: What do other customers have to say about the contractor you’re considering? Check places like Angie’s List for unbiased customer testimonials. Ask your neighbors and friends if they’ve had experience working with them. Check out the contractor’s website and see if they offer customer reviews anywhere on their website. Word-of-mouth is often a great way to connect with a contractor who will have your best interests at heart.
  • Maintenance Contracts: A great contractor knows that there’s much more to HVAC than installation of new systems. They care about their customers and want to help them keep their equipment running and in good shape for as long as possible. Check to see if the contractor you’re considering offers maintenance contracts along with their other heating services for your Nassau County home. Maintenance contracts provide you with the annual attention your system needs to run its best now and for years to come.

How can T.F. O’Brien help?

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place for all of the above. At T.F. O’Brien, we take great pride in providing the residents of Nassau County with the heating service they need in order to stay comfortable all winter long. We’re fully licensed and insured, and we only install brands that we’d use in our own homes. Our customers will tell you, we strive to provide expert service, whether you need heating repair, maintenance or a new installation. And, we offer maintenance contracts so you can rest assured that your equipment will last and will perform effectively and efficiently. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 to find out how we can help.

Don’t Be Spooked by Your HVAC System! 

October is here, and that means it’s time for ghosts and goblins… and cooler weather. We love what October brings – the leaves, the pumpkins, the candy corn… but we also know it ushers in those chillier temperatures, too. Is your home comfort system ready for the winter months to come? You won’t have to be spooked by your heating system this year as long as you get the annual maintenance you need. Haven’t had your heating system tuned up yet? Give us a call soon!

Planned maintenance can really help you protect the investment you made in your HVAC system – we offer maintenance for AC, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps – any equipment we install, we’ll be happy to help you maintain. In addition to maintenance, we’re pleased to provide complete services for all HVAC systems. For instance, if you have a boiler, we can help you with maintenance, repair and installation. Since October is the month for sweet treats, we’re excited to include a recipe for one of our favorite fall indulgences – homemade caramel corn. Read all about it here

Happy Halloween from all of us at T.F. O’Brien – enjoy!

Kerry

May Message from Kerry

Welcome to the May Message from Kerry. Spring is in full tilt here on Long Island. As we move closer to summer weather, now is the time to think about getting our cooling systems in shape. At T.F. O’Brien, we want to schedule your air conditioning maintenance at your convenience, and we need your help to do that. Giving us a call early before the cooling season rush starts means we’ll be there when you need us – and you and your family will enjoy better home comfort. So call us today at 516-488-1800 to get your spring tune-up scheduled!

Don’t forget – you can enjoy significant savings right now when you choose to install a new Carrier® system in your home. Now through June 30, you can save up to $3150 on a new system with rebates and incentives from Carrier, T.F. O’Brien and PSE&G, as well as federal tax credits. Certain restrictions apply – call us for details.

This month, we’re thinking about all the ways we can help you keep your home cool this summer. There are so many options available nowadays, from new central air conditioning to high velocity cooling. T.F. O’Brien can help you find the solution that’s perfect for your home. Not to mention, more and more Long Islanders are installing heat pumps as a comfort solution for their home – we can help you decide if this is the right option for you.

May is the month for moms – we hope all the mothers on our customer list enjoy their special day.

We hope you have a beautiful May, and thanks for reading!

Kerry