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

7 Ways You Can Improve Your Energy Efficiency

The winter weather always makes us think about ways we can save some energy – usually when we get those utility bills. We all know saving energy helps to save us money, but it can also save the planet, too. Luckily, saving energy is as easy as following these seven tips:

Your Whole House

  • Seal doors and windows that leak. Weather-stripping, caulk, and foam sealant can all help keep conditioned air in – and cold or hot air out.
  • Choose a smart thermostat. These thermostats give you greater control over heating and cooling your home. Forgot to set your thermostat to “away” temperatures? With a smart thermostat, that’s not a problem, as you can log in remotely from your phone or computer.
  • Make use of your ceiling fans. In the summer, set your fan counterclockwise to create a cooler feel to the air, and in the winter, reverse to clockwise to push the warm air down from the ceiling and back into your living space.

In the Kitchen

  • If you use a dishwasher, let your dishes air dry rather than using the dishwasher’s drying setting.
  • Cover your pots and pans when you cook, and choose the appropriately sized heating element for the pan. Forgo the stove altogether and use toaster ovens or the microwave for small meals.

Electric

  • Replace your old bulbs with LEDs, and use daylight whenever you can to illuminate your home. And, take the LEDs outside, too, for your pathway and porch lights.
  • Unplug battery chargers when not in use. Consider using power strips that keep electronics from drawing power when not in use.

You can find even more ways to save by checking out the Department of Energy’s Energy Saver Guide. And, if you’d like to know how choosing the right home comfort equipment can help you save, too, simply call T.F. O’Brien at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be glad to help.

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.

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!