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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.

Deck Your Rooms with Ductless Heating

Mother and daughter read book on couch near Christmas treeNow that December has arrived, we’ve officially entered the season to be jolly. Unfortunately, we’ve also begun the season to be chilly! This time of year, we all want our homes to be a warm, comfortable haven – and that means we need reliable heating systems. If you have an older heating system that doesn’t keep your family as comfortable as you’d like, you may want to consider ductless heating for your home.

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Ductless heating isn’t a new thing, but it’s becoming much more popular in the Northeast than it used to be. That’s because modern ductless heating systems are much better at providing heat in colder climates than they used to be. Ductless heating uses heat pump technology, and advances allow today’s cold-climate heat pumps to operate effectively even in sub-zero temperatures.

Who can benefit from ductless heating?

While virtually any home is a candidate for ductless heating, those who can particularly benefit are homeowners without ductwork. Homes that use radiant or baseboard heat typically don’t have ductwork in the walls of their homes, and installing it is usually impractical or even impossible. With a ductless heating system, however, there is no need for ductwork at all!

Ductless heating is also ideal for people who have added a converted space or addition to their homes. Often, these areas don’t have access to the home’s ductwork. It can be taxing on the current heating system to deliver heat to a whole new space, especially one that isn’t a part of the HVAC system. The heating system has to work much harder, making it less efficient and effective overall. Installing ductless heating in these areas can help balance out the temperature in the home and save energy.

What are some of the other advantages of ductless heating?

One of the main advantages of ductless heating is that it also serves as air conditioning in the summer months. Most ductless systems provide both heating and AC because they use heat pump technology. Heat pumps work by transferring heat from the air using a heat exchanger, a compressor, and pipes filled with refrigerant. In the winter months, they extract heat from the outdoor air and pump it inside. In the summer, heat pumps reverse the operation, and that keeps your home cool and comfortable.

Ductless heating systems are also highly energy-efficient. They can help you save a lot of money on your energy bills, too – the Department of Energy estimates that heat pump systems, when compared to fuel-burning systems, can reduce your energy consumption by up to 40 percent.

Will it be difficult for the technician to install ductless in my home?

Another advantage of ductless heating is that these systems are usually easily installed. Generally speaking, ductless heating systems only require a small-diameter hole to connect the indoor and outdoor units. That means a lot less muss and fuss for the homeowner. Usually, your technician can install your ductless heating system within a day.

Is a ductless system intrusive to my home environment, though?

Not at all! Most homeowners agree that ductless systems are very quiet. They are usually mounted high on the wall or ceiling, so they blend well with the decor. Additionally, ductless heating systems are easy to control via remote. All most people notice is better home comfort!

Okay, ductless heating sounds good! How can I get it?

That’s the easy part! All you need to do is give T.F. O’Brien a call. We’re experts in ductless installation, maintenance, and repair. You can count on us to help you find the right ductless heating system for your home. Call us at 516.488.1800, and we will be happy to assist you.

It’s Holiday Time – Get Your Guest Rooms Ready with Ductless.

multigenerational family enjoys holiday mealThere’s no place like home for the holidays, and often that means that loved ones from afar come home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Having family visit during this time of year can certainly be heartwarming, but it can also get a little bit stressful, especially if you’re worried about their accommodations in your home. Fortunately, you can rest assured that the guest areas in your home will provide comfort and joy with the addition of a ductless system.

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Many times, our home’s guest rooms are spaces like additions, converted attics or garages, or finished basements. Making sure they’re perfectly climate-controlled for your guests is as easy as choosing ductless heating and cooling. What’s more, installing a ductless system is a gift that keeps on giving – it will make those spaces far more usable year-round, so your home’s usual residents can get more out of your living space even after the holidays are over.

Here are just a few benefits to installing ductless in your home.

As we mentioned above, ductless is a great heating and cooling solution for your added or converted spaces. Oftentimes, these areas don’t have access to the home’s central HVAC system, leaving them chilly in the winter, and hot and sticky in the summer. That can limit the use of these spaces by you and your family and can make any guests staying over for the holidays uncomfortable. But, when you install a ductless system in that area, your comfort control issues are a thing of the past!

  • Ductless heating and cooling systems are relatively easy to install. Your HVAC professional can install your unit for you without a lot of muss and fuss. That’s because there’s no need for additional ductwork. Your ductless system will operate independently of your home’s central HVAC system. You won’t have to worry about your home being a construction zone for days – most ductless installs are done in just a few hours – and you’ll be able to enjoy comfort quickly.
  • Ductless systems blend seamlessly with your room. Because they’re usually installed high on a wall or in the ceiling, a ductless unit doesn’t take up valuable real estate in your home like a floor heater or window or room air conditioner might. And, ductless systems are known for their quiet operation, so they won’t disturb sleep, listening to music, or watching TV.
  • Ductless heating and cooling units are easy to operate. Most systems can be turned on or off, up or down, with the touch of a button. Because they are easily operated via remote control, they’re able to provide targeted comfort. That way, you can rest assured that your holiday guests are as cool, or as warm, as they’d like to be.
  • A ductless system can help you save on energy, too. It seems like adding an additional heating and cooling source to your home might use more energy, but actually, the opposite is true. That’s because your home’s central HVAC system works to keep your entire home climate-controlled, regardless of whether it’s actually bringing cooled or heated air into all spaces. With the addition of a ductless system, your central heating and cooling don’t have to work as hard – and that can help save energy and make your utility bills more manageable.

T.F. O’Brien can help you get the ductless system you need, for the holidays and beyond!

If you’d like to learn more about how T.F. O’Brien can help you keep all your home’s spaces comfortable with ductless heating and cooling, simply give us a call at 516.488.1800. We’ll be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you!

Tossing & Turning? Find the Right Sleeping Temperature!

Woman wearing winter hat and scarf scowls and covers up in bed.Most people fully understand the benefits of a full night’s sleep – especially if they haven’t been getting one. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is very important for many reasons, according to the Sleep Foundation. The organization indicates that we don’t catch enough z’s, we can open ourselves up to some concerns, including increased calorie consumption, decreased cognitive performance, inability to focus, impaired driving, and other health concerns.

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They also explain that while there are many factors that can lead to poor sleep, one of the largest factors is bedroom temperature. A room that is too hot or too cold can disrupt the body’s ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep, although overly warm bedrooms seem to cause more sleep disruptions than those that are a bit too chilly. While comfortable sleep temperatures vary from person to person, most doctors agree that the ideal temperature for most is around 65ºF.

How can an HVAC dealer help me find the right sleeping temperature?

While your home comfort specialist can’t necessarily determine the best sleeping temperature for their customers, they can help them achieve it once the homeowner discovers it. There are products available that can make it easier to ensure your bedroom is just right for sleep.

  • Programmable Thermostats: Once you determine your ideal sleeping temperature, a programmable thermostat can help you set it and forget it! That’s because most programmable thermostats have settings for home, away, and sleep. You can set the “sleep” time a bit in advance of your usual bedtime to ensure your room is the ideal temp, too!
  • Smart Thermostats: A step up from the programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat is easy to control via a computer, tablet, or smartphone. So, no matter where you are, you can easily use the product app to set the right temperature for sleep. And, some smart thermostats are even able to “learn” your habits, so they automatically change the temperature so that it’s just right for sleeping.
  • Ductless Cooling & Heating: What if you have one HVAC system in your home, but the people living there can’t agree on a sleeping temperature? Then ductless might be the solution for you. That’s because a ductless system can control the temperature in a specific area, making it much easier to create the ideal sleeping environment for individual sleepers!

Can T.F. O’Brien help me get these products for my home?

We can! As a trusted HVAC contractor, we’re able to install both programmable and smart thermostats in your home and explain to you how to use them. And, if you need better temperature control from room to room, we’ll be happy to show you how ductless can help. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800 to schedule an appointment with us – and rest easy!

Preparing Your Home for the Fall Season Ahead

Person removes leaves collected in gutter during fallWhile the weather on Long Island stays milder a bit longer than it does for our neighbors to the north, once the fall season arrives, many of us start to think about the cooler temperatures ahead. Often, we take advantage of the sunny days we have left before winter arrives to get our home ready for the chilly weather. Making sure that your home is comfortable year-round is an important part of homeownership.

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Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to get your home ready for the changing seasons, most of which you can DIY. Below, we’re sharing a few tips that can help you prepare your home this autumn – both inside and out! Keep reading to learn more!

5 Tips to Help You Get Ready for Autumn

  1. Check your home for drafts. Drafty windows and doors mean that conditioned indoor air is escaping outside, and the outdoor air is coming in. That can defeat the purpose when it comes to heating or cooling your home and can cause you to use much more energy than you normally would. Weatherstripping is inexpensive and easy to apply.
  2. Clean out your gutters. During the summer and fall months, your home’s gutters can collect lots of organic material, like leaves, twigs, and other vegetation. Free-flowing gutters are important for helping to keep your roof safe and sound once the snow starts to fly. That’s because when it melts, clear gutters will direct it away from your home. But if they’re clogged, that melted snow won’t have anywhere to go – and that can lead to icy buildup.
  3. Take care of the lawn and other outdoor needs. Clean your summer patio furniture and put it into storage for the cooler months to come. Fix any cracks in your driveway or pathways, and make sure your garden hose is drained and disconnected. And, fertilize your lawn to help prevent the winter cold from taking its toll on it.
  4. Change batteries in your smoke alarms and CO detectors. During the month of October, the National Fire Prevention Association, or NFPA, focuses its efforts on fire safety. They encourage homeowners to thoroughly check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms during this time and to make sure fire safety equipment has fresh batteries. It’s a simple step that can make an incredible difference.
  5. Change your HVAC system’s filter. A clean filter can help ensure that your home comfort system is operating at its best and most efficient. It’s also a great time to call your HVAC contractor and get your annual heating maintenance scheduled. That way, you can rest assured that your heating system is clean and running properly, so once the snow flies you’ll have the home heating you and your family need.

Let T.F. O’Brien help you get the annual heating maintenance you need.

If you’re ready to add heating maintenance to your fall routine, T.F. O’Brien will be more than happy to help you! Our experienced technicians are able to provide comprehensive maintenance on virtually any make or model of heating system. So, even if you didn’t install your furnace, boiler, or heat pump with us, we can still help make sure it receives the maintenance it needs. Simply give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we’ll be glad to schedule an appointment with you.