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Can Indoor Air Quality Products Really Curb Seasonal Allergies?

woman sneezing as a result of fall allergiesAs the summer months end and the fall season arrives, many people start to think about everything autumn has to offer. Changing leaves, pumpkin patches, hayrides… and fall allergy season. While the fall season is definitely a beautiful time of year, it can also be a (literal) headache for people with allergies.

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While it may be difficult to avoid those pesky allergens that can cause sniffling and sneezing in the great outdoors, there are a few things you can do to help keep the air in your home as clean as possible. In this article, we’ll talk about the most common allergens of the fall season, and give you some suggestions on how you can make your home more comfortable for you or other members of your family who suffer from seasonal allergies. Keep reading to learn more!

3 Common Late Summer/Early Fall Allergens

While there are many different things people can be allergic to, in the late summer and early fall months, some allergens are at their worst. Below, learn more about the three most common fall allergens, and how they might find their way into the air you breathe in your home:

  1. Mold: Late summer and early fall often provide ideal conditions for mold growth. Trees start to shed their leaves, but the weather remains warm and often damp during this time of year. The fallen leaves are a great place for mold to grow, and it’s easy to track mold spores inside. It’s a good idea to take off your shoes before entering the house, especially if you’ve been raking the leaves (or jumping into piles of them!) Because of the warm, damp conditions present in late summer and early fall, mold growth in your home can be abundant this time of year as well. Mold likes to grow anywhere where there is excess moisture and warmer temperatures, so bathrooms and basements are especially susceptible to mold and mildew.
  2. Ragweed: Ragweed pollen is actually the biggest culprit when it comes to late summer/early fall allergies. Ragweed pollen is abundant this time of year, and it can go the distance – it has been found 400 miles out to sea, and one ragweed plant can produce billions of pollen grains. As you can see, ragweed pollen is largely unavoidable, but there are a few measures you can take to keep it out of your home as much as possible. First, check the weather reports daily. On high-pollen days, keep the windows of your home shut. Make sure to remove any footwear and outerwear before entering your home. If you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, consider showering before bed so you remove any pollen that might have settled into your hair.
  3. Weed Pollens: Ragweed isn’t the only weed out there rearing its head during this time of year. Pollen from sheep’s sorrel, pigweed, mugwort, and Russian thistle (commonly known as tumbleweed) can all cause problems for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. The best way to keep this pollen at bay is to follow the same protocol you would for ragweed pollen.

How do indoor air quality products help with these types of allergens?

Fortunately, there are many indoor air quality, or IAQ, products available that can help remove allergens from the air inside your home. They work in different ways to clean your home’s air and can work separately or in tandem depending on your particular IAQ concerns.

  • Air Purifiers: Whole-home, in-duct air purification systems are highly effective at removing a number of particulates from your indoor air. Using ionization, purifiers reduce airborne particles, like dust, dander, pollen, and mold spores – making them an ideal solution for allergy sufferers. Because they function within the ductwork of an existing central cooling and heating system, they can effectively clean the air throughout your entire home. Additionally, these types of air purifiers also kill up to 99 percent of bacteria, viruses, and mold, and that can help you and your family enjoy much healthier indoor air.
  • Air Sterilization: If mold is the primary concern in your home, then you may want to consider air sterilization. Mold can reproduce very quickly in the ductwork of your home. When air circulates through the ducts, the mold is dispersed throughout your home – which creates a very uncomfortable scenario for those with mold allergies. Using ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light, air sterilization can effectively kill mold and bacteria in your home’s air.
  • High-Efficiency Filters: While all HVAC systems have some type of filter, the basic filters in most systems only remove a small percentage of particulates from the air that passes through them. Nowadays, there are many different types of filters available that can effectively reduce the particles that trigger allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems. There are even filters available for home use that provide hospital-level air filtration.

Can T.F. O’Brien help me with my indoor air quality concerns?

At T.F. O’Brien, your comfort is always our top priority, and that goes beyond making sure your home is at a comfortable temperature. We want to help you get the products you need to enjoy fresher, healthier indoor air. If you’re interested in learning more about ways indoor air products can help to improve the comfort and health of your home, just call T.F. O’Brien at 516.488.1800. We can’t wait to tell you about the many ways you can breathe easier!

Keeping Your Cool While Your AC is Down

two girls drink waterDuring the summer months, your air conditioner works hard to keep your home cool and keep the humidity down. Because it has to work overtime, sometimes problems can spring up. Many times, it’s because the air filter on your system has become clogged and dirty. When your AC is running frequently, it’s important to check the filter regularly – and change it out or clean it if you notice it has become dirty. If this isn’t the problem, it could mean your system needs repair.

While most HVAC contractors work hard to help you get your air conditioning system up and running as quickly as possible, it may take longer in the midst of a summer heatwave. That’s because many people find themselves in need of an AC checkup when their systems are working overtime. We understand that waiting for a repair can mean your home may get a little too warm while you wait. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how you can keep cool while waiting for service.

5 Ways You Can Stay Cool While Waiting for Repairs

Of course, make sure to call your HVAC dealer as soon as you notice any issue with your air conditioning system. That way, you’ll not only get scheduled for a repair visit as soon as possible, but you may save yourself from a larger and more expensive repair need. While you wait for repairs, these tips may help you keep your home and family cooler:

  1. Make sure all windows are closed – and keep them closed. When you run your AC, you should keep windows closed anyway, as this helps keep the indoor air a more consistent temperature and keeps your system from having to work harder than necessary. If your system stops working, keep the windows closed, so the cooled air stays inside – and the hot outside air stays out!
  2. Close window blinds or curtains. This is especially true for any windows that get direct sunlight. The heat of the sun can quickly warm up your home, so keeping curtains or blinds closed can help prevent that.
  3. Don’t use any heat-producing home appliances. Avoid using your stove or oven while your air conditioning is out of order, as these appliances can quickly heat up your home. Additionally, you might want to consider avoiding using the clothes dryer, especially if located near your immediate living space.
  4. Wear lightweight, natural fiber clothing. Choose fabrics like cotton and linen that are both breathable and help keep moisture at bay. Heavier fabrics like polyester can keep body heat and sweat in – making you feel hot, sticky, and uncomfortable.
  5. Drink plenty of water and keep your body cool with it, too. Water is one of the best choices when it comes to keeping your body cooler and hydrated. If you find yourself without AC during a heat wave, keep jugs or bottles of drinking water in the fridge. You can also take cool showers or mist yourself with cool water using a spray bottle.

By keeping these tips in mind, you and your family will be more comfortable while you wait for your technician.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the air conditioning repairs you need.

At T.F. O’Brien, we strive to get you the air conditioning repairs you need, promptly and professionally. At the first sign of trouble with your AC system, give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll get an appointment scheduled with you.  And, as a full-service air conditioning contractor, you can trust us with any need you might have, including maintenance, repair, or ductless cooling. We’ll help you keep your cool this summer – and for years to come!!

Help Your AC Perform More Efficiently This Summer

Close Up Of Woman Holding Smart Energy Meter In Kitchen Measuring Energy EfficiencyOnce summer rolls around, people start to think of vacations, relaxation, and fun in the sun. Of course, during the summer people rely on their air conditioning systems to stay cool and comfortable, so their thoughts might also turn to those higher energy bills. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make the most of your home’s air conditioning system, which can help you save energy as well.

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One way you can easily help your air conditioning system perform at optimal levels is by making sure it gets the maintenance it needs yearly. Regular maintenance will help ensure your system is clean, all moving parts are in good working order, refrigerant levels are where they should be, and there are no foreseeable issues with your system. And, there are a few ways you as a homeowner can help your AC operate as efficiently as possible. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Ways to Save Energy While Keeping Cool This Summer

  1. Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise. This will help push air down and create a cool breeze throughout your home. It will also help your room’s temperature stay more consistent, so your air conditioning system won’t need to work so hard.
  2. Keep curtains drawn when the sun is at its highest. If you have a window that gets direct sunlight, you’ll probably want to keep the blinds or curtains drawn during peak sunlight hours. That’s because the heat of the sun can quickly warm up your home, forcing your AC to put in overtime – and use more energy.
  3. Check your air filter frequently. When your air conditioning system operating regularly, it’s important to make sure the air filter is clean and free of dirt, dust, or other debris that may collect there. You should change out a dirty, clogged filter right away, as this can cause your AC system to work much less efficiently, and can even reduce the quality of your indoor air.
  4. If you’re using window air conditioners, consider making the move to ductless. If your home (or a specific area in your home) lacks ductwork and you rely on window AC for cooling, you may want to consider making a switch to ductless air conditioning. Ductless systems often use 40 percent less energy to operate than a standard window unit, provide more effective cooling, and are significantly quieter and less obtrusive.
  5. Have an old thermostat? A programmable one can help you save. If your thermostat is on the nostalgic side, it might be time to switch it out with a more modern model. Most of today’s thermostats are programmable, so you can set them to automatically change temperatures in your home depending on when you are home, away, or sleeping. Or, opt for a smart thermostat that can work with your home automation system (Echo or Nest Hub, for instance) and even “learn” your family’s habits, so the temperature is always at an optimal, energy-saving level.

T.F. O’Brien is ready to help your home’s AC system operate at its best and most efficient.

You can count on T.F. O’Brien to help you stay cool and comfortable this summer. We can help you with any air conditioning need you may have, from maintenance and repair to installation of high-efficiency AC systems, including ductless. To learn more about how we can help you keep your home cool – and help your system operate as efficiently as possible – simply give us a call at (516) 488-1800 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Does My Air Conditioning System Need Repairs?

woman sits on couch and uses fan during heatwaveOnce the summer weather returns to Long Island, most people rely on their air conditioning systems to stay cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, when the hot weather hits and your system is running frequently, you might notice that it’s not working as well as you’d like. It can be hard to know if your air conditioning system is operating as it should be. However, there are a few telltale signs that can help you determine if you need to call a professional.

How do I know if I may need AC repairs?

A lot of the time, people call for help with their air conditioning system if it stops working. If your system isn’t working at all, you could be in for extensive, costly repairs. That’s why we encourage our customers to call us as soon as they notice something not working quite right with their system. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and generally, repairs are simpler and less expensive when caught early enough.

If you’re noticing any of the following concerns, your air conditioning system probably should be checked out by one of our professional technicians:

  • Your air conditioning system is making unusual noises
  • You notice a foul or musty odor coming from your system.
  • Your AC system cycles on and off frequently
  • Your utility bills have increased without any other cause
  • Your home isn’t as cool as you’d like it to be
  • You notice your home is more humid than usual
  • The outdoor unit (condenser) is iced over
  • Your system is blowing warm air

If any of these situations occur, your unit likely needs repairs or at least maintenance. If your air conditioning system is at the end of its lifespan, (more than 10 years old, usually) you might want to consider a replacement.

What if I need to replace my air conditioning system?

Nobody wants to think about having to replace their air conditioning system, but if yours needs frequent repairs, it may be time. This is especially true if your system is older, repairs are getting more and more expensive, and if your system uses a type of refrigerant that’s no longer readily available. Not to mention, the older your system is, the less efficient it is. A new system may help you save significantly on your energy bills and come with rebates and incentives that can help you save on up-front costs as well.

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And, there are many new types of air conditioning systems available on the market today, such as ductless and heat pump systems. These types of systems are extremely energy-efficient, and may also offer the added benefit of providing your home with heating in the winter. Your HVAC professional can help you determine whether repair or replacement is necessary, and if you need a new system, they can help you choose the appropriate one for your home.

How can T.F. O’Brien help me get the repairs or replacement I need?

T.F. O’Brien offers complete air conditioning services, including maintenance, repair, and installation. We can help you determine the best AC option for your home, and our highly skilled technicians will provide you with the repair or replacement services you need. Give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Spring Home Improvement Projects? Ductless is a Great Option!

woman lying on couch using remote to operate ductless acMany homeowners decide to embark on home improvement projects in the spring so that their homes will be ready for the summer season. Maybe you’re simply doing a few small repairs around the house. Or perhaps you’re taking on a larger project, such as renovating unused space or adding on to your home. No matter what improvements you’re making, spring is a great time to look at your home comfort system, too.

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Keeping your family comfortable is a top priority all year long, and one improvement you can easily make is by adding a ductless cooling and heating system to your home. Ductless systems are extremely flexible. You can add one unit to a space that doesn’t have access to your home’s duct system, or you can add multiple units throughout your home. If you’re renovating an existing space in your home, like an attic, basement, or garage, ductless is the perfect choice to keep that area comfortable, no matter what the weather outside.

Five Ways a Ductless System Can Benefit Your Home

You might be wondering why ductless has become such a popular choice among homeowners in recent years. There are several reasons that go beyond simply offering better home comfort. Here are five of the top reasons you might choose to install a ductless system in your home:

  1. Ductless systems offer both AC and heating. Most ductless systems on the market today can provide both cooling and heating to your home. These all-in-one systems use heat pump technology to keep your home cool in the summer and warm during the winter months.
  2. You won’t have to rely on clunky window AC or space heaters. Window air conditioners obstruct your view and are often inefficient. Space heaters take up floor space and depending on the type, can pose a fire hazard when not used properly. A ductless system is unobtrusive, usually installed high on a wall or ceiling.
  3. Your renovated space will be usable year-round. Many times, spaces like basements, garages, or attics don’t have access to your home’s ductwork. When you install a ductless system in these areas, you can enjoy comfort all year through, no matter what the temperature outside. This can help you and your family make better use of your new living area.
  4. Ductless is a perfect replacement for old, electric baseboard systems. If you need to replace an old baseboard system, you might want to consider ductless. These systems are highly energy-efficient, don’t require the installation of ductwork, and unlike baseboard heat, offer the added benefit of air conditioning during the summer months.
  5. Ductless systems allow you to be in greater control of your comfort. Most ductless units are easily operated via remote control and can help you get targeted comfort from room to room. You’ll be able to adjust your ductless system to the precise temperature for maximum comfort.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the ductless system you need.

At T.F. O’Brien, we take great pride in our expert installation of ductless cooling and heating systems. We can help you find the right ductless system for your home, and our experienced technicians can install it for you quickly and professionally. And, we can provide you with additional services, like ductless maintenance and repair.

If you’re planning spring renovations for your home, and you think ductless might be a great choice for your home, T.F. O’Brien can help. We have ductless equipment on hand, and can likely install it in your home right away! Give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Spring Allergies? Learn How Indoor Air Quality Products Can Help.

family works on potted plants in a light, airy spring homeSpring has sprung, and that means that the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming… and the noses of allergy sufferers are sniffling! While spring is a beautiful time of the year, those with seasonal allergies might not enjoy it as much.

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While you can’t control the allergens outside, you can make your home a comfortable haven. Keep reading to learn more about the top three causes of spring allergies, and the products that can help reduce them in your home.

Learn More About the Top 3 Spring Allergens

  1. Tree Pollen: With so many trees budding in the spring, the pollen they release is abundant. Trees like ash, cedar, and elm are common in most neighborhoods, and all of these trees release a lot of pollen. According to WebMD, pollen is seen as a threat by the allergy sufferer’s immune system, which then reacts and triggers nasal congestion and eye irritation.
  2. Plant Pollen: Plants, such as grasses, weeds, and flowers, are also in bloom and produce pollen during the spring season. Plant pollen triggers a similar response in the allergy sufferer as tree pollen.
  3. Mold: Because of the rainy weather that often occurs during the spring, and the increase in temperature, mold can easily grow both outdoors and inside the home. Mold allergies often cause sneezing and coughing, and some types of mold can cause skin irritation.

Fortunately, there are products that can help reduce allergens inside your home.

In the past, people often had to suffer from seasonal allergies, even indoors. But today, there are many products that can help people enjoy fresher, cleaner air, including:

  • Ultraviolet Air Sterilization: UV germicidal lights are very effective when it comes to eliminating mold in your home. It kills both mold and bacteria effectively and keeps them from reproducing. It can also help eliminate unpleasant odors in your home.
  • High-Efficiency Filters: Allergies, asthma, hay fever — no matter what kind of breathing difficulty you suffer from, there is a filter that can help you. You can even get the same type of air filters used in hospital operating rooms.
  • Air Purifiers: A whole-home, in-duct air purifier is the best solution for purifying the air in your entire home. It is able to reduce common allergy triggers from particulates such as pollen, mold spores, dander, and dust.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the indoor air quality products you need this spring.

Reducing the threat of allergens in your home this spring, and all year long is as easy as calling T.F. O’Brien. We’ll be happy to discuss our quality lineup of indoor air quality products, and help you choose the ones that are right for your home and lifestyle needs. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Why Get AC Maintenance for My Home? Here are 5 Great Reasons.

air conditioning maintenance tools For most homeowners, saving money on household expenses whenever possible is always a priority. Often, people often decide to cut corners when it comes to routine maintenance for their home comfort system. While saving a few dollars might seem like a good idea at the time, it can often lead to expenses that far exceed the cost of maintenance.

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There are many tangible reasons for getting maintenance each spring for your home’s air conditioning system. While it’s understandable that you want to save money where you can, in this article we’ll illustrate exactly how you’ll save money in the long run by choosing AC maintenance. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Ways Air Conditioning Maintenance Can Help You Save Money

  1. Lower Energy Use. When you choose to have a qualified professional service your air conditioning system each spring, you’ll help your system operate more efficiently. That can mean savings on your utility bills!
  2. Reduced Need for Repair. A well-maintained system is far less likely to break down, which can mean expensive repairs or even replacement. And often, small problems are caught and can be remedied before they become larger and more costly ones.
  3. Better System Longevity. When you take good care of something, it tends to last longer. This goes for your clothing, your car, and yes, your home comfort system. You’ll save money by not having to replace your system unexpectedly or prematurely.
  4. More Effective Cooling. When your system gets the maintenance it needs, it will operate more effectively. You won’t have to keep turning the thermostat down to effectively cool your home – which means less energy is used.
  5. Maintained System Warranty. Almost all quality home comfort products come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Unfortunately, many people don’t read the fine print, which often requires regular maintenance to keep the warranty in place. And without it, you could be facing some out-of-pocket expenses that would have been covered otherwise.

Can T.F. O’Brien help me get the air conditioning maintenance I need?

We definitely can! All you need to do is call us at 516-488-1800, and we’ll be happy to schedule your spring air conditioning maintenance appointment. And remember, we can help with any other AC service you might need, including repair, replacement, or ductless air conditioning.

Create a Special Space for Your Sweetheart with Ductless

people wearing white sweaters hold hands around a heart-shaped mug of cocoaIn the world of Valentine’s Day gift-giving, it can be difficult to know what to give to your special someone. Chocolates and flowers are always nice, but many people want to give a gift that can last all year long. One gesture your sweetheart is sure to appreciate is the gift of their own special space in your home. How can you convert an area of your home that doesn’t have access to your home’s ductwork, so it will be a comfortable retreat all year long? The answer is ductless heating and cooling!

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Maybe your sweetheart loves to craft but doesn’t have an area for crafting and storage. Or, maybe the movie lover in your life would enjoy their own theater room. No matter what their interest or hobby may be, creating a space just for them is a great way to show your affection. If there’s a storage area, attic, basement, or garage space that could be converted, ductless can help you achieve that.

How Ductless Heating and Cooling Can Help

Many times, areas of your home like those mentioned above don’t have access to your home’s ductwork system, making it difficult to enjoy them year-round. With a ductless system, you don’t need to worry about adding ductwork to get the climate control you need. Ductless works just like the name suggests – without ductwork. The indoor unit is connected to the outdoor unit by a small-diameter pipe, and most ductless units can be installed in just a few hours.

Ductless systems are great because they provide heat in the winter and cooling in the summer, so your sweetheart will be able to enjoy their favorite hobby in complete comfort. What’s more, ductless systems are easily controlled using a remote control, so they can keep the room at a temperature that’s just right for them, no matter what the weather outside is like. And, there are a few other benefits ductless heating and cooling provides, including:

  • High energy efficiency
  • Quiet operation
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Non-obtrusive wall or ceiling installation

This makes them the perfect choice when converting a space in your home – you won’t have the safety concerns of a space heater or the noise that often comes with window or room air conditioners. All your special someone will notice is complete comfort, in a room created just for them!

How can I get a ductless unit installed in my home?

That’s where T.F. O’Brien comes in. Our ductless experts can install your system professionally and promptly. Your sweetheart will be able to enjoy their own special space in no time! To learn more about our quality ductless products or to schedule an appointment with us, just give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we will be more than happy to help you.

Time to Replace an Old System? Choose High-Efficiency Home Comfort!

man looking at energy saving graphs on tabletIf you’ve been thinking about replacing your old heating and cooling equipment, you might be concerned about the cost. While it’s true that HVAC equipment can be an expense, it is a necessary component of your home. Not only does your HVAC system keep you and your family comfortable, but it also helps keep your home in good condition, too. An HVAC system helps keep a regular temperature throughout your home, year-round, and that’s good for structural integrity, plumbing, flooring, and more.

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What you may not know about today’s heating and cooling equipment is that it is far more energy-efficient than its older counterparts. And while better energy efficiency is good for the planet, it’s also good for your home energy budget. In this article, we’ll compare the costs of older systems with today’s high-efficiency solutions, and talk about some alternative types of HVAC equipment that can help you stay comfortable and save even more energy.

How efficient is a 20-year-old HVAC system?

While it seems hard to believe, the year 2000 was more than 20 years ago. Crazy, right? But, many people still have HVAC equipment from 20 years ago in their homes. Chances are, this equipment is not providing you with the best possible energy efficiency. While efficiency standards began to change around 2009, equipment installed before then did not have to meet those rigorous standards.

According to the Department of Energy, a furnace installed in 2002 wastes at least 22 percent of the energy it consumes, meaning it is performing at about 78 percent AFUE. Today’s high-efficiency furnaces often provide 95 percent efficiency, meaning it only wastes 5 percent of the energy used. That can translate into some decent savings on energy bills for you!

Air conditioning systems have also improved greatly over the past 20 years. For instance, an air conditioning system installed in 2002 is likely to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of around 9. The Dept. of Energy suggests that if you upgrade to an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 14, you can reduce your energy consumption by more than 35 percent.

Alternative technologies can help consumers save even more energy.

Because of advancements in heat pump systems, many consumers are choosing to switch over to these types of systems. In the southern states, heat pumps have been used for some time. Over the past few years, advances have been made that allow heat pumps to perform well, even in northern climates. Heat pumps are available that can replace both your central heating and cooling systems, all in one unit. A central heat pump system can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and provides excellent energy efficiency.

If you’ve had electric baseboard heat in your home, a ductless heat pump system can provide better efficiency and year-round comfort. By choosing to replace an old baseboard heating system with ductless, heating costs can be cut by 60 percent, and cooling costs by 30 percent. You’ll enjoy comfort all year long, and have better room-by-room control of your home climate as well. Not to mention, ductless can be installed in an area of your home that doesn’t have access to the home’s central ductwork system, helping to balance out heating and cooling and allowing your current system to operate more effectively and efficiently.

If you’re ready for an upgrade, T.F. O’Brien can help.

At T.F. O’Brien, we can help you get the high-efficiency equipment upgrade you need to enjoy better home comfort and save money on your heating and cooling bills. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with us.

Keep Your Ductless System Running Great Between Maintenance Visits

Man sits on couch comfortably underneath his ductless cooling and heating unitIf you have a ductless system installed in your home, there’s no doubt you’re enjoying the energy efficiency, the room-to-room flexibility, and the improved quality of your indoor air. But like any type of home comfort system, you must keep your ductless heating and cooling system properly maintained. That way, you can count on better operation and efficiency, and longer system life.

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If you rely on your ductless system to both heat and cool your home, it’s a good idea to have it maintained in the fall (before the cold weather hits) and the spring (before the temperature starts to soar). That helps ensure that you’ll have the heating or cooling you’ll need when the time comes. While getting professional maintenance from a qualified ductless contractor is important, though, you should also take some maintenance measures yourself.

Five Ways to Maintain Your Ductless System

Fortunately, it’s easy to help keep your system running properly and efficiently between visits from your HVAC professional. Here are a few tips on what you can do to help maintain your ductless heating and cooling system all year:

  1. Keep the indoor portion of your unit clean. This is as simple as including your ductless unit in your weekly dusting routine. The reason you want to do this is that if you allow dirt, dust, and other particulates to accumulate on your system, they can find their way inside your unit, which can cause problems. To prevent this, just wipe down the unit with a damp cloth.
  2. Keep the outdoor portion clean, too. You’ll want to make sure that the outdoor part of your unit is free of dirt, debris, and anything that could cause clogging, too. Turn the unit completely off, and then use the garden hose to gently spray off your unit. Remove any remaining debris with a cleaning cloth.
  3. Make sure there is space around your unit. Keep larger pieces of art, shelving, and bookcases clear of your unit by about four feet, and don’t place anything directly in front of it that might obstruct the airflow, such as large furniture or seasonal decorations (such as Christmas trees). Space for adequate airflow will help your system perform much more effectively and efficiently.
  4. Remove and clean filters regularly. Why make sure your filters are clean frequently? First of all, dirty filters cause your ductless system to work harder and less efficiently. Secondly, dirty filters reintroduce particles into the air in your living space, causing diminished air quality. Simply wipe the filters down with a clean, dry cloth every four to six weeks.
  5. In harsh weather, keep an eye on your outdoor unit. You’ll want to make sure your unit is protected from snow and ice as best as possible, and you’ll want to check it regularly in the event of accumulation. Remove any built-up precipitation from the unit, and clear the space around it.

T.F. O’Brien can help you keep your ductless system maintained properly.

Aside from measures you can take on your own, having an HVAC professional from T.F. O’Brien help you maintain your system is important, too. They’ll be able to check the inner workings of your ductless heating and cooling system, such as making sure drain hoses aren’t blocked and there are no refrigerant leaks. They’ll look at your system’s electrical components and compressor and make sure those are up to snuff, too. And, they can catch any small concerns before they become larger and more expensive ones.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help your ductless heating and air conditioning system run more effectively and efficiently, and how T.F. O’Brien can help, all you need to do is give us a call. We’re experts in ductless installation, maintenance, and repair. You can count on us to help you find the right ductless maintenance program for your home. Call us at 516.488.1800, and we will be happy to assist you.