5 Tips for Decluttering Your Home After the Holidays

The holidays have come and gone, and it’s a brand new year. Many people start off the new year by making resolutions, some for themselves, and some for their homes. If you’d like to make some home improvements in 2019, one of the best ways you can get started is by eliminating some of the clutter. It’s easy for our homes to accumulate lots of junk over the years. Sometimes we buy more than what we need. Sometimes, it’s tough to get rid of the things that are taking up space. And sometimes, we hold onto things thinking we’ll eventually use it, but that day never comes.

As a result, our homes become stuffed with “stuff” and become uncomfortable for us and our families. That’s why decluttering is so important. It not only allows us to weed out items that are no longer useful to us (and give them to those who may be able to use them), but it opens up space in our homes so that we can enjoy a better quality of life. For instance, a room that once contained storage boxes and “junk” can be repurposed into a home theater room. Or, a garage can be cleaned out so you can actually park your car in there! Getting started on decluttering your home can be tough, though.

We’re offering five easy tips that can help you get started:

  1. Take it one room at a time. Don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to declutter your whole house in a day. Take it easy and pace yourself, and you’ll do a much more thorough job and feel more accomplished as you see each space transform.
  2. Make sure you have storage containers. Nothing is worse than organizing your space, only to find you don’t have adequate storage. And, only store those things you know you’ll use again. For instance, say you’re organizing ornaments. Throw away the broken ones, give away those you don’t use, and store the ones that you’re sure will adorn your tree.
  3. Make it a feel-good venture. Sometimes kids especially don’t want to part with books, toys and clothing. If you encourage them to do so, and explain that giving these items to charitable organizations will help kids just like them in need, you’ll be creating a lifelong habit of giving. Lead by example, and show them the things you’re willing to give up, too.
  4. Follow the 12-month rule. When assessing what you need to get rid of in your home, the first thing to do is to evaluate when the last time was you used an item. If it was a year or more ago, probably you don’t need it, and should part with it.
  5. Go paperless. Many times, our homes get cluttered with mail. While we can’t keep junk mail and flyers from arriving, you can reduce the amount of mail entering your home by going paperless. Utility, credit card and insurance companies often provide a paperless choice for billing and paying, so if you can, choose that option – and keep a lot of unnecessary mail from invading your space.

Speaking of getting rid of debris in your home, have you checked your furnace filter in a while? A dirty furnace filter not only sends all sorts of dirt into the air, it also forces your equipment to run harder. And while we can’t help you with your decluttering, we can help ensure your furnace filter is fresh and clean! Just give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to help meet your furnace maintenance needs.

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.

Start Off Your New Year in Comfort, With a Replacement System

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to conserve energy? Then you should definitely take a look around your home. No doubt, there are ways you can save energy by making some home improvements. Choosing LED lighting, unplugging charging cords and reversing ceiling fans to push warm air down into your living space during the winter months are all easy ways to save energy in your home. If you have to crank up the thermostat to stay comfortable during the winter, though, you probably need to take a closer look at your home.

There are many factors that can cause your home to use more energy than it should. Drafty, old windows, inadequate insulation and old, inefficient heating equipment can all be likely suspects. You’ll want to take care of all the problems in your home in order to ensure maximum efficiency. That makes people nervous, because those repairs and replacements can be costly. However, many people find that once they make these changes, their energy savings is significant. What’s more, they save money in the long run on their utility bills.

Replacing your old system can help you save energy, save money and enjoy better comfort.

Today’s heating systems are built with efficiency in mind, many achieving 95 percent efficiency or better. That means more of the heat they generate stays in your home, keeping your home warmer while using less energy. And that savings is reflected in your monthly utility bills. You’ll be able to stay warm for less! Not to mention, when you trust the professionals at T.F. O’Brien to help, we’ll make sure your new system is sized right for your home.

Often, older systems in homes lose efficiency because of remodeling changes to the home or added space. So if your system was installed in your home, say, 20 years ago, your home today might be much different. Our experts are trained to analyze the current heating needs of your home, so the system they install will keep your whole house warm, efficiently. And, you can trust T.F. O’Brien to install the best quality products in your home. Not only will they provide you with energy efficiency and comfort, but they are built to last for years to come.

When you’re ready to take the next step toward a more energy-efficient home, T.F. O’Brien can help. We’ll provide you with a new heating system installation that offers high-quality energy efficiency, energy efficiency and durability. We proudly serve all of Long Island, including Nassau CountySuffolk County, and Brooklyn. Simply call us at 516.488.1800 for assistance.

Need Heating Services for Your Nassau County Home? We Can Help.

Even though nobody wants to think about it, cooler weather is coming. Once it hits, you’ll be relying on your the heating system in your Nassau County home. And, if you have an older system, you may need repairs or other services. That’s why you need a heating contractor who’s reliable and can offer all the services you might need. When you put your trust in T.F. O’Brien, we can help you stay warm and toasty all winter long.

At T.F. O’Brien, we’re a full-service contractor providing heating services all throughout Nassau County. We have credentials you can trust, and provide a complete range of heating services for your home. We want to make staying comfortable easy for you, whether you have a furnace, a boiler, a heat pump or ductless. As a result, we offer installation, maintenance and repair services for all types of heating systems.

Here’s how T.F. O’Brien helps you get the heating services you need for your Nassau County home:

Heating System Maintenance: One way you can ensure that, once the long, cold winter months arrive, your family will be safe and warm is by choosing heating system maintenance. At T.F. O’Brien, we know that heating system maintenance is vital to the life of your equipment, which is why we offer comprehensive heating system maintenance plans for our customers. Keeping your heating system properly maintained is a priority for us because it helps your system operate at peak performance, while helping you save on utility bills.

Heating System Repair: It’s Murphy’s Law – if it’s going to break down, your heating system likely will do so on the coldest night of the year. You need a heating contractor can help in a hurry – which is why you should count on T. F. O’Brien. Our technicians are highly trained and use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, instruments and tools available so they can evaluate your heating system repair needs quickly and thoroughly, which will help you save time and money – and get back to being warm and comfortable!

New Heating System Installation: Do you need a new heating system installation for your home this winter? Then you should call the experts at T.F. O’Brien. We make it our priority to always look out for your best interests and provide high quality new heating system installations to ensure the comfort and safety you expect. We offer systems that will keep your home at the perfect comfort level, all while helping you save on your home’s energy consumption – as well as on your heating bills. And, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

And, we offer a wide range of heating products, so no matter what you need, we can help.

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. When you need a heating contractor, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly provides heating services to all of Nassau County. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800.

No Ductwork? No Problem. Ductless & High Velocity AC Offer You Options.

If you live in an older home, a home with a radiant heating system, or have added on to your home, you might be concerned that you don’t have the ductwork needed to support an air conditioning system. While it’s true that a central AC system requires ductwork in order to effectively cool your home, you might be surprised to learn that nowadays, you have other options. Ductless and high velocity air conditioning is made to cool your home without the need for extensive, large ductwork. You’ll be able to enjoy a cooler indoor climate with minimal construction and mess.

What are ductless air conditioning systems?

Ductless air conditioning systems are high efficiency cooling and heating systems that help keep spaces with no ductwork as comfortable as those with. Ductless air conditioning systems are generally used in a single space, but there are multi-unit options available as well. Ductless air conditioning can be used not only in spaces that have no ductwork, but they are also a great option for balancing out hot and cold spots in your home or office, increasing the energy efficiency in surrounding spaces, or providing precise temperature control in areas where climate control is essential.

Ductless air conditioning systems mount directly to the wall or ceiling and blend well with virtually any décor. Window air conditioning units can be unattractive and block your view – with ductless air conditioning, which are non-obtrusive and quiet, the only thing you’ll likely notice is the improved comfort level in the room. What’s more, T.F. O’Brien provides expert installation, so we can install the unit in your Long Island home or business in just a few hours, with no patching, painting or additional ductwork required.

What is high velocity AC?

If you live in an older, multi-story home that lacks ductwork, and are in need of improved home cooling, then why not think about a high velocity air conditioner? This is the ideal system for adding air conditioning to homes where larger ductwork may be impossible or impractical. High velocity air conditioning helps to ensure a dehumidified, cooler environment, and provide complete and thorough air circulation.

High velocity air conditioning systems use a type of indoor equipment known as an air handler, outdoor equipment, a line set of pipes that connect the indoor and outdoor units, and small-diameter ductwork which transfers the cooled air throughout your home. A standard thermostat controls the system, which discharges the cooled air at targeted locations throughout your home.

How can I get ductless or high velocity for my home?

If you think ductless or high velocity air conditioning sounds like a great option for your Long Island home or business and would like to find out more, T.F. O’Brien is ready to assist you. T.F. O’Brien proudly serves all of Long Island, including Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Brooklyn. Simply call us at 516.488.1800, and we’ll tell you about the different options for air conditioning and help you find the solution most suited to your needs.

T.F. O’Brien Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

T.F. O’Brien Cooling and Heating has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. 2015ssa_ColorLow528px

“We pride ourselves on our customer service and our attention to detail,” Kerry O’Brien, president at T.F. O’Brien Cooling and Heating said. “We try to go above and beyond on every project, and we think our customers notice a difference. We’re very proud to receive this award because nothing makes us more proud than the nice things our customers say about us.”

“Only about 5 percent of the heating and air conditioning companies on Long Island have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 

Happy May from T.F. O’Brien

kerry_obrien_direct ventWelcome to the May Message from Kerry. We love May for all the beauty it brings – flowers and trees blossoming, birds chirping and longer, milder days. We also love all the fun holidays there are in May including our favorite, Mother’s Day. Maybe you’ve never really thought about it, but the gift of home comfort can be a perfect gift for the mom who has everything. We can help you give your mom a new ductless system, preventive maintenance or a brand-new high-efficiency central air system. And right now through June 30, you can save on your gift with Carrier Cool Cash – it’s a win-win for you and your mom!

Have you scheduled your spring preventive maintenance appointment with us yet? If not, give us a call and we’ll be happy to get you an appointment – but hurry because slots are filling up fast! Preventive maintenance is important! Have you been thinking about adding air conditioning to a space in your home, but you’re worried about installing ductwork? You might want to consider high velocity air conditioning – is it right for your home?

We hope your May is an absolutely wonderful one.

Thanks for reading!

Kerry

It’s a Time for Growth

Kerry O’Brien takes on job of NARI president
by Denis Sheahan, Builder & Remodeler Magazine, Vol. 32 No. 5

A lifetime ago, T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating, a full service HVAC company, was started in Queens. Thomas Francis O’Brien and the grandfather of Kerry O’Brien, who is now the president, started it in 1934 in the Great Depression.

Now located in New Hyde Park, today the company has 27 employees, a fleet of 15 vehicles servicing all of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and revenues of $5 million, according to Kerry who is also the newly elected president of the New York City/Long Island chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

A member of NARI since 1991, O’Brien, 52 years old, views his job as NARI president as a time for growth.

“We are going to be the resource for the contractor,” he said referring to NARI. “We are going to have better strategic alliances and grow with politicians and charities.”

According to O’Brien, the industry will continue to grow using the website to get the message out, reworking the marketing campaign and using home shows and trade shows.

“I’m excited about the future on Long Island and the future of remodeling,” he said.

O’Brien cited the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park where NARI is redoing 18 rooms for children as an example of the kind of charity work the chapter is involved in.

“We all can get better and I believe in that,” he said. “It’s going to be better for everyone.”

O’Brien holds a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a N.Y. State licensed and registered professional engineer. He is the past president of the American Institute of Plant Engineers, the past chairman of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, and currently serves on the board of directors for the North Shore Service Group. He has also taught classes in HVAC to home inspectors at Long Island University for more than 20 years.

Kerry co-owns the company with two brothers, Chris and Tom. A third brother is an attorney. Kerry is married and has three children and lives in Huntington.

O’Brien believes that the longevity of his family’s business is due in large part to the fact he and his brothers have never compromised on quality. “We’ve been selling Carrier® equipment since 1955 because we’ve always believed in providing our customers with the best quality products,” Kerry said. “We offered Puron air conditioners long before the push was on for environmentally safer coolant, and we continuously look for new, innovative product offerings.”

T.F. O’Brien has been the proud recipient of the Carrier President’s Award in both 2011 and 2013, honors that the business does not take lightly.

T.F. O’Brien Featured on HouseSmarts

T.F. O’Brien owner Kerry O’Brien recently appeared on the 30-minute home improvement program, HouseSmarts with Lou Manfredini. The home improvement show provides “useful home improvement knowledge and an entertaining look into the projects of real homeowners,” according to their website. T.F. O’Brien appeared on the show’s “Locally Owned and Operated” segment, which features correspondent Jean Chatzky explores local small businesses and interviews their owners.

During Kerry’s segment, he showed Chatzky the T.F. O’Brien showroom and explained how the business has evolved over the last several decades, from the time it was started by his grandfather, Thomas Francis O’Brien. He discussed how the company is focused on customer relationships above all else, and how the company has stayed in business for so long because of this. He also talked about the trend toward ductless mini-split systems and how T.F. O’Brien stays abreast of latest trends like ductless in order to maximize customer satisfaction.

The segment aired in October, and can be viewed in the above video. To learn more about HouseSmarts with Lou Manfredini, visit them online at www.housesmartstv.com.