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.

Storm Season is Coming… Is Your Generator Ready?

As the dog days of August wind down, the storm season of late summer begins. From severe thunderstorms to damaging hurricanes, in our area we need to be prepared for inclement weather. Since the hurricanes we’ve endured in recent years, many homeowners have opted to have a generator installed. Like any other type of equipment, however, it’s important to make sure your generator is properly maintained.

How can you make sure your generator is up and running in the event of a storm? Count on us to provide you with the generator maintenance and repair you need. Here at T.F. O’Brien, we not only install the best home generators on the market, we also provide maintenance and repair services. That way, you’ll be able to rely on your generator now and for years to come.

At T.F. O’Brien, we install, maintain and repair generators for your safety and peace of mind.

Our skilled technicians are trained to provide generator maintenance and repair on many types of home generators that are 20kW or smaller. When you contact us for generator services, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive analysis of your generator system. Then, our technicians will complete maintenance or repair services thoroughly and professionally, with your comfort and safety in mind.

When storm season arrives this year, you’ll be ready – when you get the maintenance or repairs you need from T.F. O’Brien. We proudly serve all of Long Island, and will be happy to help you. To learn more, call us at 516-488-1800.

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

Getting Your Vacation Home’s HVAC System Ready for Summer

If you own a vacation home, it’s probably your go-to place for rest and relaxation – a great place to get away from your hectic life and just enjoy some peace and tranquility. Because you want it to be a place of comfort, it’s important to make sure your summer home’s HVAC system is running perfectly. Unlike your home, a vacation home isn’t used as regularly, so you may not catch little problems that come up. At T.F. O’Brien, we want to help you relax in comfort this summer. We’re happy to provide you with the HVAC maintenance you need to ensure your vacation home is comfortable and ready for the season ahead.

Getting annual maintenance for your vacation home is very important. The heating and cooling system there experiences less use, and of course you’re not there all the time to monitor it and make sure everything’s working as it should. And, outside concerns like basement moisture or flooding can cause problems you may not even be aware of – which is why it’s crucial that you have an HVAC contractor come in and inspect and maintain your system before vacation season even starts. That way you can count on your system running smoothly, providing you and your family with the comfort you deserve.

Also, you might want to consider installing a smart thermostat. That way, you can regulate the indoor climate of your vacation, as well as monitor for any issues your system might be having, either via Smartphone or online. With online access, you can use the most conservative settings while you’re away, and put the thermostat back to its usual settings when you’re headed there for a weekend getaway for perfect indoor temperatures upon your arrival. Ask us about the smart thermostats we offer, and how one can help you make the most of your summer home.

Enjoying your summer home can be easy, when you let one of our highly skilled technicians help you prepare for the season ahead. For help with your vacation home’s comfort system, rely on T.F. O’Brien to help. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Planning a Summer Remodeling Project? Consider Ductless.

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

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

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

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

Don’t Forget – Now Is the Time to Schedule Your Spring Tune Up!

Now is the best time to schedule your seasonal air conditioning system tune up. One annual seasonal tune up is included in your paid service plan, and is most beneficial when it is done as the seasons are changing before you are ready to turn your air conditioner on for the summer. How does a tune up help?

  • It ensures that your system is running effectively
  • It helps maintain energy efficiency
  • It helps to catch any refrigerant leaks your system may have
  • It allows our technicians to catch small problems – before they become large, expensive ones

Please call the service department at 516-488-1800 Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm to renew your service plan and schedule your seasonal air conditioning system tune up. Please note that we cannot schedule appointments by e-mail, therefore we look forward to your call.

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.

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