Five Reasons You Need A Generator For Your Home

As hurricane season approaches here on Long Island, it’s time to think about preventive measures that can be taken to help you and your family stay safe during the storm. While we hope a hurricane doesn’t happen, it’s good to be prepared in case it does. One of the best ways you can ensure that your home won’t lose power during the storm is by installing a generator.

There are several reasons why choosing a standby generator for your home is a good idea, the obvious one being maintaining power even when there is an outage. We’d like to share with you a few other reasons why having a generator is important.

Five Reasons To Get A Home Generator

Having a generator helps ensure your family’s safety and comfort. On Long Island, we’ve endured some very powerful storms and hurricanes, which have resulted in loss of power for an extended period of time. Generators help keep your appliances running, your home comfort equipment operating, and your lights on. That way, you can stay comfortable and stay in your home – helping you and your family weather the storm more easily.

A generator keeps your perishables from spoiling. According to the Food and Drug Administration, your refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours, and your freezer about 48 hours. Unfortunately, in a circumstance like a severe storm or hurricane, your power can be out for a prolonged period of time. A generator can mean your food stays preserved and safe for consumption. 

Is there someone in your home who needs electricity for their medical devices? Then having a generator is crucial. Medical devices like nebulizers, home oxygen and CPAP machines all rely on electricity to operate, and in many cases, it is crucial that these devices are operable. As such, a generator can be a necessity for those with medical needs.

Generators can help preserve your appliances and home comfort equipment. It’s not necessarily the lack of power that causes damages to your appliances, but the sudden surge of electricity when power is restored that can cause problems. A generator ensures that your appliances and home comfort equipment have the power they need throughout the outage, avoiding that problem from happening – helping your equipment stay intact.

Having a generator keeps your security system functional. Unfortunately, power outages can be an ideal time for burglaries. No electricity means home security systems are disabled, and there is no lighting to deter would-be burglars. If you have a generator, however, you can avoid both of these scenarios – and help keep your home secure.

Think a backup generator might be a good choice for your home? T.F. O’Brien can help.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re pleased to provide our customers with quality residential generators. We offer automatic standby generators that back up the circuits you choose during a power outage. They automatically start within seconds of detecting power loss, and run on your home’s existing natural gas or LP fuel supply. You’ll be able to choose a backup option from essential circuit, managed whole-house, or complete whole-house coverage.

Want to learn more about installing a quality generator in your home? We’re ready to assist you. Just call us at 516.488.1800 to schedule an appointment with us today.

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

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

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

How Heat Pumps Operate

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

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

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

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

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

Choose T.F. O’Brien for AC Installation in your Long Island Home

Spring is in the air, and the summer months will be here before you know it. Is your AC system up to the challenge of keeping your home cool? Is your current system more than 10 years old? Have you noticed a decline in the performance of your air conditioning over the last few years, a hike in your utility bills, an increased frequency in the need for repairs, or a combination of all of the above? Then it’s probably time for you to consider a new AC installation for your Long Island home.

At T.F. O’Brien, we know purchasing a new air conditioning system is a costly – and potentially confusing – venture. There are a lot of different systems out there, and a lot of HVAC dealers who claim they can give you the best deal on a new system. Getting quality AC installation for your Long Island home, with the right size and type of system – is important. That’s how T.F. O’Brien is different. We believe that an air conditioning system is an investment you should take as seriously as purchasing a vehicle. That’s why it’s so important to research the different types of systems – and the dealer who installs your system.

T.F. O’Brien offers quality AC installation on Long Island

When you choose to work with us, we’ll not only make sure you get the best air conditioning available, but we’ll also make sure you get the right type, too. We offer different types of cooling systems because no two homes are the same. Whether you’re replacing the central AC in your Long Island home, or you need a solution for a room – or an entire home – without ductwork, we can help. We’re pleased to offer:

  • Central AC System Installations: You can trust us to provide you with high quality, high efficiency air conditioning products, perfectly sized for the unique needs of your home. Our technicians will expertly install your new central AC system in your Long Island home, and will provide you with any additional cooling services you may need.
  • Ductless AC: Do you have an area of your home that needs cooling, but where ductwork isn’t an option? Then you could benefit from ductless air conditioning. Our ductless systems offer high efficiency cooling and targeted control, allowing you to make any area of your home more comfortable for you and your family.
  • Variable Refrigerant Volume AC: If you’re looking for an AC system that will provide energy efficient cooling, without the added expense and hassle of adding extra ductwork, you might want to consider variable refrigerant volume (VRV) air conditioning. This type of system is manufactured to minimize efficiency losses seen with conventional systems, and needs minimal or no ductwork.

Who Should I Hire for Heating Repair for My Long Island Home?

Winter has been pretty relentless this year, and that means heating systems all over Long Island have been working extra hard to keep people comfortable. Sometimes, especially if the system is older or hasn’t received the heating maintenance it needs, heavy use can cause some wear and tear – and lead to a system breakdown. Nothing is worse than having a heating system on the fritz when the temperatures are super-chilly! If it happens to you, you might be asking yourself, “Who should I hire for heating repair for my Long Island home?” That’s why we’re sharing a few reasons that we think you should give us a call.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re proud of the premium level of services we offer our customers. While that means that customers might not always get the lowest price from us, they’ll always get the very best service. We don’t believe in cutting corners when it comes to your home comfort, and we strive to provide exemplary service so that you and your family aren’t just comfortable in the short-term, but for years to come. But don’t just take our word for it…

Angie’s List Super Service Award

Our customers have been so satisfied with the work we’ve done for them that their ratings and references qualified us for the Angie’s List Super Service Award. That’s an honor enjoyed by less than five percent of providers rated on their site.

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We proudly have a five-star customer satisfaction designation with this customer satisfaction company, with nearly 600 verified customer reviews.

Memberships & Certifications

We’re proud members of several business and trade organizations, including NARI LI/NYC and ACCA, as well as the Huntington Township and the New Hyde Park Chambers of Commerce. And, we’re especially proud of our NATE-certified technicians. NATE certification means that our techs are at the top of their field, and they know your heating needs go far beyond the initial installation. Additionally, we’re EPA and BPI heating-certified, so we’re committed to helping you enjoy not only better comfort – but better energy efficiency, too.

T.F. O’Brien offers the best heating repair available for your Long Island home.

Our technicians will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of the heating system in your Long Island home. Then, they’ll explain the best solution to help you get the repairs you need, making your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. And, in the unfortunate circumstance that you may have to replace your heating system, they’ll show you all the options available to you, helping you make the best choices for your home and your budget.

Don’t let a heating repair situation leave you out in the cold – let the pros at T.F. O’Brien help you get the heating repairs you need for your Long Island home. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

How Do I Know If I Need Furnace Services for My Long Island Home?

Winter has been brutal this year, the snowy, cold weather seemingly endless. Many people have relied on their furnaces more than usual this year. That has meant that their furnaces are working overtime – and sometimes that can lead to mechanical issues, especially if the furnace hasn’t received the regular maintenance it needs. It can be a little difficult to know if you need furnace services for your Long Island home, and who’s qualified to get you the help you need.

Clearly, if you notice anything like strange odors or unusual noises like banging or grinding coming from your furnace, call us right away because those point to serious concerns. We’re sharing a few more general concerns that can point to the need for furnace services below, courtesy of ENERGY STAR.

Five Signs That You Need Furnace Services

Rising Energy Bills

This can be a tough one to recognize, especially if you’ve been running your furnace more than usual. But, if your energy bills have increased dramatically, or if you notice a spike in cost from the beginning of the season to now, you could have some mechanical concerns happening. A marked increase in energy costs that can’t be accounted for by rising prices and/or usage could indicate your equipment isn’t operating as efficiently and effectively as it should, and should probably be checked out.

Hot or Cold Spots

If some of your rooms are way too warm, but others seem chilly, this could mean your equipment is operating improperly. It could also point to other problems in your home, like ductwork concerns or poor insulation. When you call T.F. O’Brien, we’ll help you get to the root of the hot/cold spot problem.

Air Quality Problems

If you’ve noticed an increase of dust and air particles over the course of winter, it could be a sign of concern for your heating system. While it could indicate that you have leaky ductwork in areas like attics, crawl spaces or basement, there could be another problem that’s far simpler to solve. Poor indoor air quality is often a sign of a dirty filter – and that can be easily remedied. It is generally recommended that equipment filters be changed monthly during times of heavy use. You can either DIY, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Unusual Dryness

Sometimes when furnace services are needed, homeowners will notice that their homes are unusually dry. Some indicators of overly dry air include itchy skin, nasal dryness, respiratory issues, creaking woodwork and furniture, and static cling. If you’re noticing a combination of these factors happening in your home, it could point to poor equipment operation, inadequately sized equipment, or ductwork concerns. 

Older Equipment

It’s just a fact – the older your furnace is, the harder it has to work to heat your home and the less efficient it is. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it could be time to start thinking about a replacement, especially if you’ve been paying a lot for repairs or your energy bills are exorbitant. Hint: you can prolong the life of your furnace by getting annual maintenance.

You can count on T.F. O’Brien if you need furnace services for your Long Island home.

Just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be more than happy to help you get the furnace services you need.

Daikin VRV Life™ System – A Manhasset Case Study

Variable Refrigerant Volume Daikin system

To read the full Daikin case study, view the PDF here: Daikin Case Study – Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) on Long Island

For more information about variable refrigerant volume and to see if it’s a solution for your Long Island home, visit our blog.

 
 
 
 

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.

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

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.

Happy Thanksgiving from T.F. O’Brien!

Welcome to our November e-newsletter! Who can believe we’re already mid-fall here on Long Island? Mild temperatures have made for a pretty nice autumn, but you never know when that might come to an end. As a result, T.F. O’Brien makes it our priority to have your heating system prepared for the winter months ahead.
And, this month we can help you get a high-efficiency heating system, which will keep you warmer and save you money on your utility bills. What’s more, through the end of this month you can save up to $2000 on a new heating system for your home.
  • Up to $1,200 in Manufacturer Rebates
  • Up to $600 in Utility Rebates
  • $200 T.F. O’Brien Instant Rebate

This offer ends 11/30/17, though, so give us a call or click here to learn more. 

November is the time to think about heating your home this winter.

Also this month, learn about alternate heating systems, which are perfect for people who lack ductwork and/or space for a traditional heating system in their homes. Click here to find out more. Additionally, read all about programmable thermostats, and how they can help you enjoy better comfort and energy efficiency. Not to mention, the simplest furnace maintenance you can do at home can save you money and wear and tear on your system. Find out what it is!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at T.F. O’Brien. Thanks for reading!
 
Enjoy, 
 
Kerry