Getting Your Home Holiday-Ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Gifts of Home Comfort for the Person Who Has Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Reasons to Get Heating Maintenance This Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Ready for Heating Season on Long Island with T.F. O’Brien

Fall doesn’t officially make its arrival until the end of September. But, you can already get pumpkin spice everything and there is a crispness to the air. You probably won’t have to turn on the heating system in your Long Island home just yet. However, there’s no better time than the present to think about it.

September is a time when people are getting back into routines. One thing you should get in the habit of doing is scheduling the heating maintenance you need for your Long Island home.

Why are heating tune-ups such a big deal?

Heating maintenance does a lot more than tidying up your system. It helps to ensure you won’t suffer a breakdown when the really cold weather hits. That’s why it’s always better to get it checked out earlier than later.

When you get a heating tune-up, yes, of course you’ll get a clean filter. But there’s more to it than that. We check all of your electrical components and evaluate safety controls. We make sure your heating system is getting the right amount of gas, and that your vent system is operating properly. In short, we make sure your heating system is going to be safe and efficient for you to use when the chilly temperatures arrive.

I’ve been thinking about getting a new heating system for my Long Island home. Can T.F. O’Brien help me with that?

If you need a new heating system this year, you should know that you have many options, including high efficiency furnaces, heat pumps, and high velocity and ductless heating. T.F. O’Brien can help you save significantly with manufacturer rebates, utility incentives and money back from us. Not to mention, we offer you the best quality heating equipment available. It offers you and your family optimal home heating, and is built for efficiency and durability.

My heating system was acting a little funny at the end of winter last year. How do I know if I need repairs?

The best time to call T.F. O’Brien for repair services is when you notice something’s not quite right. There are many reasons for this, but the number one reason is your safety. A heating system that’s not working right can emit carbon monoxide. That’s why your best, and safest, bet is to call us right away. But, if you’re simply dissatisfied with your system’s comfort abilities, or if you’ve noticed your utility bills creeping up, you might need some repairs. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about your heating issue and come up with a solution.

So I can get heating maintenance, repair and installation for my Long Island home – all from T.F. O’Brien?

Yes! All you need to do is call us and we’ll be happy to help you get whatever heating products and services you need for your Long Island home. Don’t let another cold winter leave you feeling the chill – count on us to help you stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside may get. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be glad to assist you.

 

Fall into Home Comfort with T.F. O’Brien

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” In many ways, that’s true. The kids go back to school, and it seems like we start to go back to the routines we cast aside in the summer months. We start preparing for the cooler weather to come and the holiday season that fast approaches. It’s still great, though, to take the time to visit a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard, and enjoy weekend drives to look at the leaves as they start to change.

At T.F. O’Brien, once autumn comes we get back into the routine of helping you prepare your heating system for the winter. If you haven’t already, now is the time to call us to get your fall maintenance scheduled. Preventive maintenance can keep your heating equipment running smoothly all winter long, and can take care of small problems before they become larger ones!

Need a new home comfort system? There’s no better time than the present! Right now, you can save up to $3,070 with our end-of-season sale.

With this offer you’ll get:

  • System Rebate – $1,350 (on select systems)
  • Utility Rebate – $600 (on select systems)
  • 10-year Parts & Materials Warranty – $500 
  • 2 Year Seasonal Tune Ups – $270 
  • Free A/C Cover – $100 
  • Free Wi-Fi Thermostat – $250

TOTAL SAVINGS UP TO $3,070

This is limited time offer is only available until September 24, 2017. Call us right away at 516.488.1800 for details and to take advantage of this great offer!

We hope you have a wonderful September, and thanks for reading.

Enjoy!

Kerry O’Brien

Don’t Wait When You Need AC Repair for Your Suffolk County Home

You expect the air conditioning system in your Suffolk County home to run like a top, and we don’t blame you. Chances are, you’ve invested a lot in your system and it goes without saying you expect it to perform well. But even the best systems sometimes need some work. The important thing is, when you need AC repair for your Suffolk County home, don’t wait around for it. The longer you wait to get repairs, the more likely small, common problems with your system will become large ones.

Waiting on AC repairs in your Suffolk County home can cause more headaches than you might believe. For instance, if a leaky refrigerant line is repaired right away, and refrigerant is properly recharged, you’ll be enjoying cool comfort again in no time. But – if you wait to make that repair, you could be looking at compressor failure. You should know that replacing the compressor in your system can be a costly venture. That’s especially true if your air conditioning system is out of warranty or it’s an older system. Many times, people choose to replace their system if compressor failure is a problem.

Luckily, refrigerant leaks don’t have to turn into an AC repair nightmare.

If you get proper preventive maintenance each year, your technician will catch refrigerant leaks before they become a huge problem. They’ll fix the leak and add the proper amount of refrigerant. This will allow you a far cheaper AC repair for your Suffolk County home than a complete compressor replacement.

Another common place where people wait with their air conditioning systems is the filter. People think they can let their filter go an entire summer without cleaning it or replacing it. This is generally not advisable, as filter changes on frequently used air conditioning systems should take place on a monthly basis. When filters are allowed to be dirty, dirt and debris will start to build up in your AC system. And, it’s much harder for your air conditioner to run when the filter is clogged, leading to motor and fan burnouts. Again, AC repairs of this nature can get costly. It is definitely much less expensive to change out your filter as soon as it gets dirty.

You can count on T.F. O’Brien when you need AC repair for your Suffolk County home.

T.F. O’Brien provides air conditioning repair to all kinds of air conditioning systems, and we pride ourselves on prompt service, so you will only be without air conditioning for a short time. We’ll always look out for your best interest and provide exceptional air conditioning repairs of the highest quality to ensure expected comfort and safety. we use advanced diagnostic equipment, instruments and tools so that we are able to evaluate your air conditioning system quickly and thoroughly, which helps to save you time and money. And, our technicians receive the proper training needed so that they understand air conditioning systems inside and out.

When you need an air conditioning contractor for your Long Island, NY home, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. Simply call us at 516.488.1800 and one of our friendly representatives will be more than happy to help you.

Getting the AC Services You Need for Your Long Island Home

Spring is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for AC service for your Long Island home from T.F. O’Brien. We take great pride in offering our customers the best AC maintenance available, so your system is at its most effective and efficient now and into the future. We realize we talk a lot about the importance of annual service for your air conditioning system. We want you to know we’re not just trying to sell you something you don’t need – we firmly believe that in order for your system to run its best, annual maintenance is important.

The Department of Energy agrees – their website states, “An air conditioner’s filters, coils and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service.” They go on to say that without regular checkups and maintenance, air conditioning systems will steadily decline in both performance and efficiency. But when you rely on us for the AC services you need for your Long Island home, you can count on better comfort and efficiency from your air conditioning system.

What happens during AC service for your Long Island home?

During routine AC service, your technician will check your filters, coils, fins and condensate drains, and replace filters and clean coils, fins and drains if dirty. Additionally, your technician will perform more comprehensive diagnostic checks, and fix any problems, including:

  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Test for refrigerant leaks
  • Capture any leaking refrigerant
  • Check for, and seal, any duct leakages
  • Measure airflow through evaporator coil
  • Verify the electric control sequence
  • Inspect electric terminals
  • Clean and tighten electric connections
  • Oil motors
  • Check belts for tightness/wear
  • Check thermostat accuracy

How does T.F. O’Brien help?

When you choose T.F. O’Brien for the AC services you need for your Long Island home, you can count on smooth, efficient operation from your system. In addition to annual maintenance, we’re pleased to provide a wide range of air conditioning services to meet all of your needs, including repair and new system installation. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 to schedule maintenance or to find out how we can help with any other AC services you may need.

March Message from Kerry: Shamrock Savings & Preventive Maintenance

Happy March from 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!
Click here to learn more about how you can save, and be sure to check out our 2017 Shamrock Savings commercial!
Also, 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