Upgrading an HVAC system could be one of the most complex purchases you make as a homeowner, and the critical first step is a load calculation. Continue reading “Before Investing in an HVAC Upgrade, Get Load Calculations Performed”
There are very few businesses around today that were around in 1934. T.F O’Brien Cooling & Heating has stood the test of time, and the HVAC customers of Long Island have been the beneficiaries of that longevity. Continue reading “Call on T.F. O’Brien, and Count on Courteous, Expert Service”
If you’ve had an experience with an HVAC contractor that let you down, consider hiring one with NATE certification. You’ll know you are in good hands and can rest assured that the job will be done right the first time. Continue reading “NATE Certification Means You’re In Great Hands”
We have talked before on this blog about zoning systems and the improved comfort and temperature control they can bring to your Long Island home. If you are considering getting a zoning system installed, there are six important design elements that you need to keep in mind. Continue reading “Your Home Zoning System: 6 Key Components Of Excellent Design”
Heat pump maintenance is vital for keeping cooling (and heating) expenses as low as possible, and for providing home comfort all year long. Continue reading “Heat Pump Maintenance: Even If You Forgot To Schedule Spring Service, It’s Not Too Late”
So you need a new thermostat and, because this may be the first time you’ve ever had to shop for one, you may not know where to begin. If that’s the case, consider three factors and, by the time you head to the store, you should feel ready and confident to make the right selection. Continue reading “Need A New Thermostat? 3 Key Considerations”
We’ve all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Many apply that saying too loosely to preventive maintenance on a variety of home equipment, from lawnmowers to heating and cooling equipment. The trouble is, a preventive maintenance plan has more benefits than many homeowners might initially realize. Imagine a row of dominoes: Once the first one falls over, each successive one topples, until they’ve all fallen. Your HVAC equipment can end up the same way, without service. Continue reading “Wondering What’s All The Hype About Preventive Maintenance? Why It’s Critical”
When a region receives an unusually high amount of rain â€“ and when relative humidity is high â€“ the resulting moisture can lead to mold problems. Left unchecked, mold growth can become rampant, lower the value of your home, cause health problems and generally be inconvenient to repair. Continue reading “Is Mold A Problem After This Year’s Wet Weather Conditions? When To Call The Pros”
With summer almost here, it’s time to get your air conditioner in working order. It’s important to do this now, because some common issues can keep your air conditioner from working properly when you need it. Continue reading “Stay Cool Through The Summer By Giving These Common Air Conditioner Problems Your Attention”
The HVAC industry has become more complex in recent years. The pricing of electricity and other fuels, along with government standards has motivated manufacturers to produce better and more efficient equipment. Along with the manufacturing side, contractors have had to become better trained to keep up with industry changes.
There are terms used in heating and air conditioning that define the higher standards. The average homeowner needs to know a few basic ones in order to be better informed.There are three, in particular, about which every person should be aware. These terms are SEER, AFUE and NATE.
SEER, in the HVAC world, is a simple acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. By understanding this term, the consumer can make better decisions on electrically powered heat pumps and air conditioners. The common SEER rating currently ranges from 13 to 23. The higher the number, the more efficient the cooling or heating.
AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This rating applies to HVAC equipment that burns propane and other fossil fuels. The rating applies to how efficient the furnace, for instance, is at using fuel. An older gas furnace may only have a 65 or 70 percent AFUE rating. That means at 70 percent, the other 30 percent of fuel used is going out your flue or vent as waste. Newer models have ratings of 80 up to 95 percent. A 90 percent gas or oil furnace burns less fuel for an equal amount of heat and reduces waste and environmental impact.
NATE is a term for those who work in the HVAC industry. It represents North American Technical Excellence. A NATE Certified technician has undergone rigid testing of their skills and knowledge. Only by passing the test can an HVAC technician or contractor earn certification. When you have a NATE technician in your home, you have an assurance that they know how to deal with your problems.
At T.F. O’Brien, we want the public to be well-informed. Call on us or click here with any questions you have about terminology or your heating and cooling system. One of our own NATE-certified specialists, or anyone on our friendly staff will be happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.