Getting Your Home Holiday-Ready

Ready or not, here they come. That’s right, folks – the holidays are upon us. While you may be riding the struggle bus to get yourself in the mindset for the holidays and everything they entail, getting your home holiday ready is a much simpler undertaking.

Let’s start with those holiday lights. Do those endless strands of twinkling lights make you cringe as you think about what they’re going to do to your energy bill? We recommend switching over to LED lights. Of course there is an initial investment to be made but it won’t take long before they’ve already paid for themselves. Additionally, they’re more durable, don’t burn out and are much safer to use, both indoors and out, because they don’t get hot.

Speaking of safety, we would be remiss to not mention some tips to keep you and yours safe from dangers within your home this holiday season (and no, we’re not talking about the in-laws here!). On average, U.S. fire departments respond to about 50 house fires each year caused by Christmas trees. To prevent your family from becoming a negative holiday statistic we recommend keeping your tree at least three feet from all heat sources and avoid placing it in a corner at all costs. Fires that start in corners are found to spread more quickly and get hot faster than those that start in other parts of the home. You also want to be sure to keep all exits and pathways clear in the event of an emergency (a tip you can use to rationalize purchasing fewer gifts too!)

Will that jolly old elf be struggling to get down your chimney this year? He won’t if you’ve recently had it cleaned and inspected. Chimney fires account for more than 25,000 fires annually and often spread to the main structure of the home. The good, and bad, news about chimney fires is that they can be prevented with regular inspection and cleaning.

We hope that you’ve had your furnace serviced for the season but if you haven’t we recommend making an appointment to do so as soon as possible. Not only will a clean furnace run more smoothly and efficiently, but also a thorough inspection by a certified technician will allow you to identify any potential problems that you may be likely to encounter during this holiday and heating season. The last thing anyone wants this time of the year are unexpected guests and unexpected home repairs so when it comes to your heating system it is certainly better to be proactive rather than reactive. Additionally, check those smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are current and that their power supply is fresh.

Surviving the holidays is a team effort and when it comes to prepping your house, T.F. O’Brien is on your side. Give us a call today at 516.488.1800 and let us give you the gift of peace of mind this year.

Three Gifts of Home Comfort for the Person Who Has Everything

Some people are just difficult to buy for when it comes to holiday gift-giving. If you’re out of ideas, here at T.F. O’Brien has a suggestion you may not have considered – the gift of home comfort. While it may not seem like the most glamorous present you could give, it’s definitely one of the most thoughtful. Nothing says, “I love you” like a comfortable home, so when you give one of these gifts, you’re not just spending money on something that will only be enjoyed for a short time. Home comfort can be enjoyed all year long, and for years to come.

Not sure what gifts of home comfort you can give? Here are three suggestions we have for you that you can give this holiday season:

Ductless System: Maybe your loved one has a converted space that they enjoy using for hobbies or leisure, but it lacks the heating and cooling necessary to keep it comfortable all year long. When you choose to install ductless heating and cooling in that space for them, they can make use of areas like additions, converted attics or finished basements year-round.

Smart Thermostat: The gift of a smart thermostat has many benefits your loved one will enjoy. For starters, smart thermostats help equipment perform more efficiently; allowing people to save on energy bills and enjoy greater comfort. Smart thermostats also offer convenience, because often they can be monitored and changed from a Smartphone or computer. Some even learn your family’s habits and program themselves!

Maintenance Plan: Even though it sounds completely boring, a maintenance plan is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family and friends. Why? First of all, it will help them enjoy better comfort year-round. Secondly, it helps their equipment last longer and operate more efficiently. So, maintenance plans truly are gifts that keep on giving!

If you’d like to give the gift of home comfort to someone you love this holiday season, T.F. O’Brien can help. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be happy to help.

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.

5 Reasons to Get Heating Maintenance This Year

Fall is a time when most people take advantage of the last bit of milder weather to prepare their homes for the winter months ahead. General home maintenance, like making sure drafty doors and windows are sealed, the chimney (if you have a fireplace) is cleaned, and home protection systems like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, are all important tasks. But what about your home’s heating system? Is it in working order for the chillier weather ahead? The best way you can ensure that it’s ready for winter is by getting annual maintenance.

It should come as no surprise that systems that receive the proper seasonal maintenance work better than neglected equipment. And when your heating system works better, you can count on it to help your family stay more comfortable. Plus, it can save you money on your utility bills. If that’s not reason enough to get your heating system the maintenance it needs, there are plenty more!

Here are the top five reasons why annual maintenance is important:

  • Better Equipment Efficiency. When you call for heating maintenance, part of the service includes cleaning of your system. That’s important, because when a heating system is dirty it works harder, and much less efficiently – taking more money from your wallet when it comes time to pay utility bills.
  • Enhanced Equipment Safety. Much like taking your vehicle for an annual tune-up, heating system maintenance allows our technicians to inspect your equipment. They’ll make sure all electrical components and combustion parts are in good working order. If they aren’t, deadly carbon monoxide can be produced or there can be a fire hazard.
  • Improved Home Comfort. Your heating system needs to be at peak performance in order to keep your home toasty warm during the colder months. When you get heating maintenance, you can count on better airflow. Not to mention, repairs or replacements can be made to any components not in proper working order.
  • Longer Life for Equipment. When you make sure that your heating system is properly maintained, you’re helping to ensure that it runs better. Maintenance ensures a cleaned and lubricated system. It frees it of the gunk and buildup that can cause your system to run poorly. And, small issues are found and repaired easily before they cause premature system failure.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality. Changing the air filter is an important part of maintenance. When your system circulates air through a dirty filter, those particles make their way into the air you and your family breathe. Getting the seasonal maintenance your system needs keeps indoor air free of mold, pollen and dust.

T.F. O’Brien provides you with the heating maintenance you need.

When you work with T.F. O’Brien for your maintenance needs, you can rest assured that your heating system will be running at its most effective, most efficient best this winter. Our technicians are highly skilled. They can help you make the most of your heating equipment – now and for years to come. Call us at 516.488.1800 to schedule your heating maintenance with us today – your system will be glad you did!

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.

Happy New Year from T.F. O’Brien

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018! We hope this finds you happy, safe and well. So far, we’ve had a brutal winter. Below freezing temperatures coupled with lots of snow and ice have made this winter one for the record books. The average for this time of year is 38 degrees, according to Accuweather, and we’ve been seeing temperatures in the single digits. During these types of cold snaps, we recommend that you don’t set your thermostat back, as it will take a long time to return to your preferred, comfortable temperature. 

T.F. O’Brien can help you (and your pets) stay warm this winter.

It’s important to us that you know you can count on T.F. O’Brien during the chilliest of weather. We offer the heating products and services you need to stay comfortable, even when Old Man Winter is being less than cooperative. You can count on us for emergency services – we can help you during your time of need! And, we’re always happy to help you choose the best system for your home, at the best price, should you find yourself in need of a new heating system. Plus, we’re sharing some tips on our blog how you can keep your four-legged fur friends safe and comfortable this winter, too. Read more here

Happy New Year from all of us here at T.F. O’Brien. Thanks for reading!

Enjoy, 

Kerry

Keeping Your Pets Safe in Cold Weather

When it’s bitter cold outside, you rely on your heating system to stay warm. If you have pets, they probably appreciate your heating system too! Cats and dogs experience the cold weather much in the same way as people do. But, there are a few precautions you should take to ensure your pet is as safe as possible during the cold. The ASPCA offers some safety tips that will help your pet stay comfy, cozy and healthy this winter.

Nine Tips to Ensure Pet Safety this Winter

  • Walking your dog is necessary, even in the chilliest weather. But that can lead to itchy, flaky skin. Having a home humidifier can help, as well as making sure you towel-dry your pet’s coat – and especially their feet!
  • Keep grooming to a minimum. Of course, brush your pet, bathe them when necessary, and if needed, keep them neatly trimmed. But reserve close haircuts for the summer months. If your dog is short-haired, a coat or sweater can help keep them warm during trips outdoors.
  • As mentioned above, bathe only when needed. If your pet must be bathed, choose a pet shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to moisturize.
  • Always make sure your pet’s paws are in healthy condition. Ice, snow and melting agents can affect your pet’s foot pads. After each walk, make sure to clean their feet and check for any cracks or redness.
  • Give your furry friend a “pet-icure.” Massage petroleum jelly or pad protectant into your pet’s feet. This helps them stay moisturized and acts as a barrier between harmful salt and chemicals. To further protect your pet, consider outfitting them in booties for outdoor adventures, and choose a pet-friendly ice melt for use at your home.
  • Be aware of antifreeze spills. Unfortunately, animals are drawn to the taste of antifreeze, and it is lethal. Clean up any spills as soon as you notice them.
  • Giving your pet extra food or snacks in the winter won’t make them gain weight – in fact, it’s good for them to indulge in a little extra. That’s because animals expend a lot of energy staying warm in the winter. Make sure your pet stays hydrated, too!
  • Keep sleeping spaces warm and cozy, away from cold and drafts. They love a nice, warm pet bed with an extra blanket or pillow.
  • If it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet. Just like people, animals can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. And, like cars become ovens in the summer, they become refrigerators in the winter. It’s best to keep your pet home during cold weather, and they definitely should not be left in a vehicle.

T.F. O’Brien can keep you – and your pets – warm all winter long.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re dedicated to keeping your home comfy, cozy and safe for both you and your furry companions. If you need help with home heating this winter, give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to keep Fido, Fluffy and the whole family comfortable, no matter how cold it gets outside!

Start Off Your New Year in Comfort, With a Replacement System

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to conserve energy? Then you should definitely take a look around your home. No doubt, there are ways you can save energy by making some home improvements. Choosing LED lighting, unplugging charging cords and reversing ceiling fans to push warm air down into your living space during the winter months are all easy ways to save energy in your home. If you have to crank up the thermostat to stay comfortable during the winter, though, you probably need to take a closer look at your home.

There are many factors that can cause your home to use more energy than it should. Drafty, old windows, inadequate insulation and old, inefficient heating equipment can all be likely suspects. You’ll want to take care of all the problems in your home in order to ensure maximum efficiency. That makes people nervous, because those repairs and replacements can be costly. However, many people find that once they make these changes, their energy savings is significant. What’s more, they save money in the long run on their utility bills.

Replacing your old system can help you save energy, save money and enjoy better comfort.

Today’s heating systems are built with efficiency in mind, many achieving 95 percent efficiency or better. That means more of the heat they generate stays in your home, keeping your home warmer while using less energy. And that savings is reflected in your monthly utility bills. You’ll be able to stay warm for less! Not to mention, when you trust the professionals at T.F. O’Brien to help, we’ll make sure your new system is sized right for your home.

Often, older systems in homes lose efficiency because of remodeling changes to the home or added space. So if your system was installed in your home, say, 20 years ago, your home today might be much different. Our experts are trained to analyze the current heating needs of your home, so the system they install will keep your whole house warm, efficiently. And, you can trust T.F. O’Brien to install the best quality products in your home. Not only will they provide you with energy efficiency and comfort, but they are built to last for years to come.

When you’re ready to take the next step toward a more energy-efficient home, T.F. O’Brien can help. We’ll provide you with a new heating system installation that offers high-quality energy efficiency, energy efficiency and durability. We proudly serve all of Long Island, including Nassau CountySuffolk County, and Brooklyn. Simply call us at 516.488.1800 for assistance.

T.F. O’Brien Can Bring You Comfort & Joy – Even in an Emergency!

This is the time of year for festivities, food, family… and freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, the colder it gets outside, the more we need to use our heating system. And the harder our heating systems work, the greater chance for a breakdown. Luckily, you don’t have to let a broken down furnace or boiler be the grinch that steals your holiday cheer. Just rely on the folks at T.F. O’Brien to help you get the repair services you need.

We know there’s no good time for a heating system breakdown. But when your house is full of nieces, nephews and your great-aunt Bethany, a furnace or boiler failure is even worse. You don’t want to spend the holiday huddled in your living room in your winter outerwear – and you don’t have to. We offer exceptional repair service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays.

T.F. O’Brien offers emergency services on most makes and models of heating systems.

Our technicians are highly skilled in furnace and boiler repair. They have the qualifications to repair most makes and models of equipment. As a result, your heating system concern will be remedied correctly. You and your family will be sipping your eggnog in comfort in no time flat! And while it may not seem very shiny or glamorous, you can always give a gift that keeps on giving – a seasonal maintenance contract from T.F. O’Brien.

When you have a seasonal maintenance contract with us, an emergency repair situation is far less likely. That’s because our technicians will thoroughly inspect and maintain your equipment before winter starts. They’ll make sure any problems are addressed right away. That way, small concerns are taken care of before they become large – and potentially expensive – repairs. Not to mention, if you do experience a furnace or boiler breakdown, you’ll receive priority service. That saves you from having too much of a wait in a chilly house with a bevy of cold, complaining relatives – and isn’t that well worth it?

Trust T.F. O’Brien with your emergency heating repair needs.

Don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season – count on us to help you stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside may get. When you need heating repair in Long Island, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly serves all of Long Island, including Nassau CountySuffolk County, and Brooklyn. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800.

Holiday Cheer from T.F. O’Brien

Thanks for reading Kerry’s Monthly Message for December. The holiday season is here, and we’re looking forward to special times with friends and family. The scent of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, the twinkling of lights in the windows, and the joyful, giving nature that the season seems to bring out in us are just a few of the reasons that we love this time of year.

Of course, there is no good time for a furnace or boiler breakdown, but during the holiday season it’s that much worse. At T.F. O’Brien, we understand that heating emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times. That’s why we’re here for you – nights, weekends and even holidays. If you need emergency services, call us at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to help you. 

We love this time of year – especially giving gifts! Need some ideas? Read on…

This December, we have some gift ideas for the person on your list who has everything – why not give the gift of HVAC? And, if you’re wondering the best way to keep your furnace running optimally this winter, there’s one simple thing you can do. Find out what it is by clicking here! Additionally, here are a few ways you can save energy – and ultimately money on your utility bills – this winter. 

We hope you and yours have a joyous Christmas or Hanukkah season, and we wish you the very best for a happy New Year. See you in 2018! 

Thanks for reading, 

Kerry