Give Your Family the Gift of Better Indoor Air Quality

mother and child try on winter wear in cozy homeFor most homeowners, a healthy home environment is essential. Having a home heating and cooling system that operates properly is one of the primary ways homeowners can keep their homes comfortable and safe, but some homes need a little help regarding indoor air quality or IAQ. This can be especially true during the winter months when heating systems are running frequently and there is little fresh air being introduced into the home.

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Fortunately, there are many IAQ products available on the market today that can help homeowners keep their indoor air fresher, cleaner, and free of contaminants like dust, dander, bacteria, and viruses. If you’ve been thinking about improving the air quality in your home, this article will help you learn more about IAQ – how both older and newer homes can benefit from it, and the types of products available. Keep reading to learn more!

What types of homes usually need indoor air quality products?

Generally speaking, most types of homes can benefit from improved air quality. Sometimes, people with newer homes don’t think they need IAQ products, but this can be far from the truth. Conversely, people with older homes might not realize there are products that can help keep the air cleaner and free of dust. Here’s why both older and newer homes often need advanced indoor air quality solutions:

Older Homes

Many older homes were built with centralized heating systems, such as furnaces. Most of the time, homes with furnaces have what’s called forced air heat. Often, homeowners with these types of systems notice that there is a lot of dust in the air in their homes. The air ducts that deliver heated air to rooms throughout the house can often become dirty, and if the furnace filter isn’t changed regularly, those particles have nowhere to go but into the air in the home. While most people aren’t necessarily allergic to dust, they’re often allergic to dust mites, microscopic bugs that live in house dust. This causes sneezing, runny nose, and even wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Newer Homes

While it may seem counterintuitive, the indoor air quality in newer homes can be poor, too. That’s because modern homes are built to be more efficient. And that’s great when it comes to saving money on utility bills, it also means that newer homes are built to be “tight”, allowing for very little outside air to enter the home. This means that the air that flows through the HVAC system is circulated time and time again, and along with it, any particles or contaminants. It can also leave the home more susceptible to mold and mildew growth, which contributes to poor air quality and can make the people living in the home sick, especially those with allergies.

What types of products are available that can help improve my home’s IAQ?

At T.F. O’Brien, we take a comprehensive approach to indoor air quality. While the process we use and the equipment we recommend depend on your heating and cooling system and can vary from one home to another, we generally take a three-step approach.

  • We filter the air by installing a highly efficient air cleaner. This is a much more effective solution than standard filters.
  • We install a photocatalytic oxidizing air purifier to chemically treat the air to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are the byproducts of common household materials like paint, carpet, vinyl flooring, air fresheners, cleaning products, and more, as well as other pollutants.
  • We install ultraviolet germicidal lights that kill up to 99% of airborne contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses.
  • We may also recommend equipment to regulate your humidity levels.

I’d like to learn more about improving my home’s indoor air quality.

That’s great! We’d like to help. If you’re ready for a whole-house air quality solution that will ensure a safe, healthy environment your family and guests can truly enjoy, call us. No two homes are the same, and we’ll be happy to send one of our Home Comfort Advisors to meet with you at your convenience to evaluate your unique situation, make recommendations, and provide you with the products you need to start seeing improvements in your home’s IAQ right away. Simply contact us online or give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Can Indoor Air Quality Products Really Curb Seasonal Allergies?

woman sneezing as a result of fall allergiesAs the summer months end and the fall season arrives, many people start to think about everything autumn has to offer. Changing leaves, pumpkin patches, hayrides… and fall allergy season. While the fall season is definitely a beautiful time of year, it can also be a (literal) headache for people with allergies.

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While it may be difficult to avoid those pesky allergens that can cause sniffling and sneezing in the great outdoors, there are a few things you can do to help keep the air in your home as clean as possible. In this article, we’ll talk about the most common allergens of the fall season, and give you some suggestions on how you can make your home more comfortable for you or other members of your family who suffer from seasonal allergies. Keep reading to learn more!

3 Common Late Summer/Early Fall Allergens

While there are many different things people can be allergic to, in the late summer and early fall months, some allergens are at their worst. Below, learn more about the three most common fall allergens, and how they might find their way into the air you breathe in your home:

  1. Mold: Late summer and early fall often provide ideal conditions for mold growth. Trees start to shed their leaves, but the weather remains warm and often damp during this time of year. The fallen leaves are a great place for mold to grow, and it’s easy to track mold spores inside. It’s a good idea to take off your shoes before entering the house, especially if you’ve been raking the leaves (or jumping into piles of them!) Because of the warm, damp conditions present in late summer and early fall, mold growth in your home can be abundant this time of year as well. Mold likes to grow anywhere where there is excess moisture and warmer temperatures, so bathrooms and basements are especially susceptible to mold and mildew.
  2. Ragweed: Ragweed pollen is actually the biggest culprit when it comes to late summer/early fall allergies. Ragweed pollen is abundant this time of year, and it can go the distance – it has been found 400 miles out to sea, and one ragweed plant can produce billions of pollen grains. As you can see, ragweed pollen is largely unavoidable, but there are a few measures you can take to keep it out of your home as much as possible. First, check the weather reports daily. On high-pollen days, keep the windows of your home shut. Make sure to remove any footwear and outerwear before entering your home. If you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, consider showering before bed so you remove any pollen that might have settled into your hair.
  3. Weed Pollens: Ragweed isn’t the only weed out there rearing its head during this time of year. Pollen from sheep’s sorrel, pigweed, mugwort, and Russian thistle (commonly known as tumbleweed) can all cause problems for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. The best way to keep this pollen at bay is to follow the same protocol you would for ragweed pollen.

How do indoor air quality products help with these types of allergens?

Fortunately, there are many indoor air quality, or IAQ, products available that can help remove allergens from the air inside your home. They work in different ways to clean your home’s air and can work separately or in tandem depending on your particular IAQ concerns.

  • Air Purifiers: Whole-home, in-duct air purification systems are highly effective at removing a number of particulates from your indoor air. Using ionization, purifiers reduce airborne particles, like dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores – making them an ideal solution for allergy sufferers. Because they function within the ductwork of an existing central cooling and heating system, they can effectively clean the air throughout your entire home. Additionally, these types of air purifiers also kill up to 99 percent of bacteria, viruses, and mold, and that can help you and your family enjoy much healthier indoor air.
  • Air Sterilization: If mold is the primary concern in your home, then you may want to consider air sterilization. Mold can reproduce very quickly in the ductwork of your home. When air circulates through the ducts, the mold is dispersed throughout your home – which creates a very uncomfortable scenario for those with mold allergies. Using ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light, air sterilization can effectively kill mold and bacteria in your home’s air.
  • High-Efficiency Filters: While all HVAC systems have some type of filter, the basic filters in most systems only remove a small percentage of particulates from the air that passes through them. Nowadays, there are many different types of filters available that can effectively reduce the particles that trigger allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems. There are even filters available for home use that provide hospital-level air filtration.

Can T.F. O’Brien help me with my indoor air quality concerns?

At T.F. O’Brien, your comfort is always our top priority, and that goes beyond making sure your home is at a comfortable temperature. We want to help you get the products you need to enjoy fresher, healthier indoor air. If you’re interested in learning more about ways indoor air products can help to improve the comfort and health of your home, just call T.F. O’Brien at 516.488.1800. We can’t wait to tell you about the many ways you can breathe easier!

Spring Allergies? Learn How Indoor Air Quality Products Can Help.

family works on potted plants in a light, airy spring homeSpring has sprung, and that means that the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming… and the noses of allergy sufferers are sniffling! While spring is a beautiful time of the year, those with seasonal allergies might not enjoy it as much.

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While you can’t control the allergens outside, you can make your home a comfortable haven. Keep reading to learn more about the top three causes of spring allergies, and the products that can help reduce them in your home.

Learn More About the Top 3 Spring Allergens

  1. Tree Pollen: With so many trees budding in the spring, the pollen they release is abundant. Trees like ash, cedar, and elm are common in most neighborhoods, and all of these trees release a lot of pollen. According to WebMD, pollen is seen as a threat by the allergy sufferer’s immune system, which then reacts and triggers nasal congestion and eye irritation.
  2. Plant Pollen: Plants, such as grasses, weeds, and flowers, are also in bloom and produce pollen during the spring season. Plant pollen triggers a similar response in the allergy sufferer as tree pollen.
  3. Mold: Because of the rainy weather that often occurs during the spring, and the increase in temperature, mold can easily grow both outdoors and inside the home. Mold allergies often cause sneezing and coughing, and some types of mold can cause skin irritation.

Fortunately, there are products that can help reduce allergens inside your home.

In the past, people often had to suffer from seasonal allergies, even indoors. But today, there are many products that can help people enjoy fresher, cleaner air, including:

  • Ultraviolet Air Sterilization: UV germicidal lights are very effective when it comes to eliminating mold in your home. It kills both mold and bacteria effectively and keeps them from reproducing. It can also help eliminate unpleasant odors in your home.
  • High-Efficiency Filters: Allergies, asthma, hay fever — no matter what kind of breathing difficulty you suffer from, there is a filter that can help you. You can even get the same type of air filters used in hospital operating rooms.
  • Air Purifiers: A whole-home, in-duct air purifier is the best solution for purifying the air in your entire home. It is able to reduce common allergy triggers from particulates such as pollen, mold spores, dander, and dust.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the indoor air quality products you need this spring.

Reducing the threat of allergens in your home this spring, and all year long is as easy as calling T.F. O’Brien. We’ll be happy to discuss our quality lineup of indoor air quality products, and help you choose the ones that are right for your home and lifestyle needs. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with 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.

How Do I Know if My Home is Too Humid?

Today’s homes are built for better energy efficiency, which in and of itself is a great thing. Using less energy not only helps your wallet, but it helps the earth, too. Unfortunately, though, this means your home is more tightly sealed than an older home might be – and this can lead to some indoor air quality concerns, including too much indoor humidity.

And while this is most likely a problem you’ll deal with in the summertime, an overly humid house can be much more than just uncomfortable. Homes that are too humid can experience issues like mold and mildew growth, breakdown of building materials like plasterboard, stucco, and wood, and poor indoor air quality. Luckily, there are some telltale signs that can help you know if your indoor humidity level is an issue.

5 Signs of Too Much Humidity

  1. You notice condensation on surfaces. Your windows, pipes, and mirrors might have beads of moisture on them. If that’s the case, it’s likely that your home is too humid. Make sure you check the spaces around areas of condensation to ensure there is no moisture damage.
  2. Your air conditioning system isn’t keeping you cool. Your air conditioning system is designed to remove much of the excess humidity from your home’s air. However, in situations where there is too much moisture in the air, your AC system will have to work much harder to keep your home cool, and may simply not work as effectively.
  3. Your skin feels clammy or sticky. Nobody likes this yucky feeling, but if you’re noticing that your skin often feels this way inside your home, you likely have too much moisture in your indoor air.
  4. Walls, floors, and other surfaces may feel damp. If you notice that your walls, floors, shelving units, or furniture surfaces feel moist, it’s probably due to excessive humidity. You won’t want to wait to remedy the problem, because if left unchecked, it can cause permanent damage.
  5. There is a musty smell or mold and mildew is visible in your home. If you can smell mold or mildew, it’s likely that it’s already lurking somewhere in your home. And, if you can see it, you know it’s already there and you can be fairly certain that you have a moisture concern in your home.

What can I do if there is too much humidity in my home?

As we said above, if your home is too damp, it can cause all sorts of problems, from building issues to health concerns. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it – you can give T.F. O’Brien a call. We can help you get to the root of your humidity issues, and provide you with the products you need for better indoor air. Whether you need a whole-house dehumidifier, air conditioning repairs, or ventilation solutions, we’re ready to help you feel more comfortable. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800. We’ll be happy to make an appointment with you and help you solve your humidity issues!

“Going Green” Can Benefit the Environment – and You!

green_ductless_efficiencyMore and more, people are becoming concerned about how they impact the planet. From shopping with reusable bags and looking for products with environmentally-friendly packaging, to taking measures in their homes to minimize their carbon footprint, people are looking for ways they can protect the world around them.

The HVAC industry is no different – most manufacturers are looking for more environmentally sound solutions when it comes to the equipment they produce. Advances have been made to create equipment that not only does a better job of keeping people more comfortable but also does so efficiently. In this article, we’ll talk about four technologies that have been developed that can keep you comfortable – and help you create a greener home.

4 Technologies That Can Help You Go Green

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As we mentioned above, there are new developments in the HVAC industry every day that strive to minimize the impact of heating and cooling equipment on the environment. Beginning with creating refrigerants that have been proven not to harm the ozone layer, to developing technologies that use much less electricity and fuel than their predecessors, the home comfort industry is moving forward to create products that benefit both the planet and the homeowner.

  1. Ductless Cooling & Heating: To cool and heat areas in the home where there is little or no access to ductwork, many homeowners are turning to ductless cooling and heating These compact units provide better comfort than most window AC units and space heaters and are very energy-efficient. They can be used for climate control in a single space in the home, or multiple units can be installed to cool and heat the entire house. Today’s units use an environmentally sound refrigerant. As an added bonus, they can be used to help balance out cold and hot spots, allowing your central HVAC system to operate more efficiently. What’s more, most ductless systems use heat pump technology, which we’ll describe in more detail below.
  2. Heat Pump Systems: Heat pump systems can be used centrally in homes with ductwork, or in ductless units for homes without ductwork. What makes heat pumps better for the environment is the way in which they operate. Heat pumps provide higher efficiency heating and cooling because they transfer hot air as opposed to burning fuel inside your home. Most heat pumps are also extremely environmentally sound, having achieved an Energy Star rating because of their highly energy-efficient operation and because they use a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant.
  3. Smart Thermostats: There are many different types of thermostats available that can help your home stay comfortable while using less energy. Programmable thermostats, while an older technology, are effective in this way because you can program them to provide different levels of heating and cooling while at home, away, or asleep. Smart thermostats take that technology one step further by “learning” your family’s habits and adjusting the temperature of your home accordingly. In addition, most smart thermostats are Wi-Fi compatible, and can easily be controlled via smartphone, tablet, or computer. Some will even let you know when it’s time to change your HVAC system’s filter – one of the best measures you can take to help your system remain energy efficient.
  4. Advanced Filters: Another facet of home comfort is the air your family breathes. Cleaner, fresher indoor air is important, and high-efficiency filters can help with that. They remove particulates and contaminants from the air, which keeps your home virtually free of airborne pollen, dust, and germs. And, because the air flowing through your HVAC system is cleaner, you’ll likely find that your system operates more efficiently – helping you save energy and potentially money on your utility bills.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the environmentally sound products you need.

At T.F. O’Brien, we want to provide our customers with products that not only help them stay as comfortable as possible but also use technologies that are better for the environment. If you’d like to learn more about energy efficiency and how we can help, simply give us a call at 516.488.1800. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your home’s efficiency, and how T.F. O’Brien can assist you.

Spring Allergies: How Indoor Air Quality Products Can Help

Do you or someone in your household suffer from springtime allergies? If so, you know how awful they can make you feel, from itchy, stuffy noses, to watery, red eyes. While enjoying the great outdoors when pollen counts are high is usually not on the books for spring allergy sufferers, unfortunately, it can be just as uncomfortable indoors. That’s because those allergens can enter your home on shoes, clothing, and through windows, and then get circulated through your home over and over again through your HVAC system.

Fortunately, there is some good news for those who traditionally experience sniffly, sneezy springs. Today, there are many products available that can help you enjoy improved indoor air quality (IAQ), and some practical measures you can take that can help you get through allergy season a bit easier. In this article, we will give you some suggestions on how to improve your IAQ, and how we can help.

Improve Your IAQ with These Easy Steps

Filtration

This is the easiest step you can take to ensure that your indoor air is cleaner and healthier, and one you can do yourself. Making sure that your HVAC system’s air filter is clean and free of dirt, pollen, and other contaminants is a simple way to improve your air quality. Changing the filter often helps your system run more efficiently, too, so it’s a win-win!

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Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may want to think about the type of filter you use. Most people use basic filters in their systems, which is fine, but if you’re having a lot of problems with allergens in your home’s air, you might want to consider filters that can pull out the most microscopic particles.

Air Cleaning

Products like whole-home air cleaners do a great job of significantly reducing the number of allergens in your home. They help get rid of contaminants like mold, bacteria, dust, dander, and pollen – all of which can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. And, these systems clean the air at the source of circulation, because they work with your home’s HVAC system.

Humidity

While having moisture in your home’s air during the winter months is helpful, once the weather starts to warm up it can become unpleasant. Not only does it make you feel hotter and stickier, but it can also encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Whole-house dehumidification can help mitigate that problem, and help your air conditioning system run more effectively and efficiently, too!

Air Conditioning System Maintenance

Of course, you know that AC maintenance helps your system run better and that there are many reasons why it’s important. But, it can also help your indoor air quality, too. Regular cleaning of your system helps remove any dirt or mold growth from your system, allowing it to circulate fresher, cleaner air.

T.F. O’Brien can help you improve your IAQ this spring, and all year long.

Getting the indoor air quality products you need for improved home comfort is simple – just give T.F. O’Brien a call. We can talk to you about your indoor air quality concerns, and help you find just the right products for your home.
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Choose T.F. O’Brien for Your Home or Office HVAC Needs

TFO WEB CommercialHVACT.F. O’Brien residential customers know that we strive for complete customer satisfaction when it comes to keeping their home comfort systems in great shape. But, did you know we can offer the same level of service for your business? When you choose us for your commercial heating and cooling needs, we’ll work hard to make sure your staff and your customers are as comfortable as possible.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re able to help businesses not only with their heating and cooling needs, but with the air filtration requirements companies have been faced with since the COVID-19 pandemic. We can help ensure that your space meets state regulations, helping you, your employees and your customers stay safer.

T.F. O’Brien offers a full suite of commercial services.

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Just like we provide a complete range of HVAC services to our residential customers, we offer full-service HVAC to our commercial clients as well. We can provide you with heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair services, as well as indoor air quality products. We’ll work with you from the start to the finish of your project, making sure that you’re completely satisfied with our services.

We take great pride in helping businesses just like yours every day – see what Louis Basso, founder of Alcott HR, had to say:

“We required a complete HVAC update on our 37-year old building. Not only did we want to replace our old equipment, but we also wanted to add equipment that could scrub the air for the staff working here during COVID-19. We called upon T.F. O’Brien to assist us, and they replaced our system, including indoor air quality products, in stages starting at the beginning of fall. Our system is fully operational now, and working very well,” Basso said.

“The staff at T.F. O’Brien is great to work with. There is always a real person answering the phone, and the customer service experience is an excellent one. We like that they’re a family business while having the expertise and experienced staff to get the work done professionally and effectively. And, many of the people working there have been with T.F. O’Brien for many years, which is a testament to a good organization. I have no hesitation in recommending them to other businesses.”

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When you need commercial HVAC services for your business or organization, just give us a call at 516.488.1800 or fill out our convenient contact form, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

How Whole-House Humidification Can Keep You More Comfortable

Winter weather means that homeowners are running their heating equipment a lot more frequently. In homes that have forced air heating systems, the indoor air very often becomes drier. While in the summer, we want less humidity in our homes, in the winter months it’s better to have humidified air.

Humid air makes people feel warmer, which is why in the summer people often opt for air conditioning and dehumidification for their homes. For the same reason, people may want to humidify their homes in the winter – to help them feel warmer and for a number of other positive benefits.

What are some symptoms of overly dry air?

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The telltale signs of overly dry home air are generally pretty easy to spot. If the air in your home is too dry, you probably are noticing a lot of concerns that may be related to it. These include:

  • Creaky wooden fixtures, like floors and stairs
  • Cracking and warping in furniture or wood
  • Excessive static cling
  • Itchy, flaky skin
  • Dry mucous membranes (nasal passages/eyes)
  • Houseplants need to be watered more often

Fortunately, humidifying the air in your home is an easy fix for most of these concerns. Depending on your needs, you may also find that a whole-house humidifier provides the greatest benefit to you and your family.

How is a whole-house humidifier different than a room humidifier?

The principle of a whole-house humidifier and a room humidifier is the same – to deliver humidity into the air of your home. However, both of these humidifiers do exactly what they say – one delivers moisture to an individual space in your home; the other, all throughout your home.

How does a whole-house humidifier work?

Whole-house humidifiers actually are installed in conjunction with your furnace and your ductwork, so they send a mist into your home’s airflow, sending it throughout the house whenever your furnace runs. They require very little maintenance – because they use water from your plumbing system, you don’t have to worry about filling them. And, they’re efficient to operate, so you won’t have a huge added expense to your electric bill.

Whole-house units do require installation by a qualified HVAC technician and a small amount of annual maintenance if your home tends to have hard water. Otherwise, these humidification systems are pretty much set it and forget it – the only thing you’ll notice is improved indoor air and greater comfort.

How can T.F. O’Brien help me with whole-house humidification?

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re pleased to offer quality whole-house humidification systems to our customers. We’ll provide you with the installation of your system, and any additional maintenance you might need.
To learn more about our whole-house humidifiers, simply give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we will be more than happy to help you!