Home Air Conditioner Maintenance: How Airflow And Refrigerant Can Boost Performance

home air conditioner maintenance, Long Island, New YorkDuring Long Island’s summer months, the importance of a well-functioning air conditioner goes without saying. Understanding how optimal airflow and refrigerant charge boost A/C efficiency can help you learn the value of scheduled home air conditioner maintenance at least once a year. Continue reading “Home Air Conditioner Maintenance: How Airflow And Refrigerant Can Boost Performance”

Annual HVAC Service — How A Service Agreement Benefits You

annual hvac maintenance, Long Island, New YorkDo you want to keep your HVAC system at peak working condition? Would you like to pay less on your utility bills, while enjoying peace of mind that your equipment is functioning safely? The best way to accomplish these goals is to schedule annual HVAC service. Continue reading “Annual HVAC Service — How A Service Agreement Benefits You”

Where Do Experts Put The Estimated Life Span Of A Heat-Pump System?

If you are considering a new or replacement heating system, the estimated life span of the system is obviously a key factor that you need to take into consideration. This will largely affect your heating costs for many years to come, and you don’t want to choose a heating system that doesn’t meet your home-comfort requirements. Continue reading “Where Do Experts Put The Estimated Life Span Of A Heat-Pump System?”

Find Out Why Changing Air Filters Regularly Is One Of The Most Effective Steps You Can Take

air filter maintenance Long lsland, NY areaOne of the most costly investments in your Long Island home is your heating and cooling system. One of the least expensive ways to keep it operating efficiently and help it have a long service life is to simply change the air filters. Continue reading “Find Out Why Changing Air Filters Regularly Is One Of The Most Effective Steps You Can Take”

Sealing Air Ducts for Savings

You may have the newest, most energy efficient heating and air equipment, or maybe your system getting on in years but still performing well. Whichever is your situation, a sure way to get the most out of either is to check your air ducts.
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Spring and Fall HVAC Tune-Ups

HVAC tune-ups, or planned maintenance, are one of the best investments you can make in your home.   Why?   Because tune-ups keep your home’s heating and cooling systems running smoothly and efficiently for years.   They can prevent costly breakdowns and even lower your energy bills.   In fact, the cost of planned maintenance is often offset or even exceeded by the savings to homeowners in the form of reduced energy costs, discounts, fewer breakdowns and longer equipment life.

We believe that HVAC maintenance is well worth the cost for Long Island homeowners.   According to  www.energystar.gov, almost half of the energy used in your home (about $1,300 per year) goes to heating and cooling.   Regular maintenance has been proven to cut those costs by as much as 30%!

Many homeowners choose to schedule these tune-ups semi-annually, in the spring (for air conditioning) and fall (for heating).   Planned maintenance helps to maintain peak efficiency, reduce utility bills, and prevent system failure.   It can help extend the life of your HVAC system, as well.

Our Planned Maintenance Program includes many points of inspection, including:

  • Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence if needed.
  • Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
  • Check for proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
  • Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates.
  • Clean and lubricate motors as needed.
  • Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
  • Inspect, clean and balance blowers.

Certain inspections are specific to air conditioners, and other to furnaces and boilers.

Air Conditioning Tune-Up

  • Clean coils, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
  • Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak.  Leaks are harmful to the environment and, according to many equipment manufacturers, a 10% refrigerant loss can result in a 20% decrease in system efficiency.

Heating Tune-Up

  • Clean the burner assembly.
  • Remove soot from the fireside of the burner.
  • Clean and check the operation of the humidifier.
  • Visually or with remote camera, inspect the heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Adjust air/fuel ratio of the burner and perform combustion analysis.  Fine-tuning a burner helps to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and optimum firing.

In addition to the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing that your HVAC system is working properly, our tune-ups offer other  benefits, such as discounts and priority service.   Of course, the greatest benefit is the one you’ll notice every day—your comfort at home!   Ask us about spring and fall tune-ups for your heating and cooling system.   It’s a wise investment in your home and your home comfort.

T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free  Home Comfort Resource guide.

Simple Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

If you’re like every other homeowner in Long Island, you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills.   With the cost of fuel skyrocketing, most people are willing to take measures to cut costs any way they can.   There are many simple ways to do this.   We’ll go over a few of them here.

According to  www.energysavers.com, the typical American family spends about $2,000 yearly on home utility bills.   Unfortunately, up to 25% of the money spent on energy is wasted due to inefficient operation and maintenance of HVAC equipment, and/or equipment that is improperly installed or in need of replacement.

Homeowners can cut their energy costs by up to 25% by using these simple tips:

1.  Install a programmable thermostat to  keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.

2.   Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR ® label.

3.   Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.

4.   Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

5.   Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips.   Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

6.   Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 °F.

7.   Take short showers instead of baths.

8.   Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Of course, keeping your HVAC equipment operating efficiently is critical to saving money on your energy bills, so knowing when to repair or replace your system will make a big difference in how much money you spend on utility bills.   Today’s energy-efficient models, when properly maintained and operated, can save the average homeowner 30% on their energy costs!

This is one reason why we feel strongly that all homeowners should have preventative maintenance done on their HVAC systems at least twice each year.   The cost of planned maintenance is usually offset by energy savings, because these “tune-ups” help prevent your system from wasting fuel and keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently.

Contact us for more energy saving tips.   Our HVAC professionals will help you cut your costs while maintaining your home comfort.

T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free  Home Comfort Resource guide.

Protect Your HVAC Investment with Annual Maintenance

Wouldn’t it be better to know that your heating and cooling system is well maintained and operating efficiently, rather than take your chances that it might break down?   Preventative maintenance for your HVAC system is designed to give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your system components will come through for you when you need them.   That’s why we highly recommend it for all Long Island homeowners.

Also known as precision tune-ups, preventative maintenance visits can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills simply because they help keep your system running efficiently.   Not only that, maintenance prevents repairs and breakdowns that cost homeowners thousands of dollars each year.

Preventive maintenance agreements, or PMAs, are agreements between you and your licensed contractor for scheduled inspections and maintenance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. PMAs are generally scheduled semi-annually (in spring and fall) to maintain peak efficiency, reduce utility bills, and prevent system failure.   They can help extend the life of your HVAC system, as well.

During a scheduled maintenance visit, you can expect your technician to do the following:

  • Check system functions, safety controls, and adjust the operating sequence where appropriate.
  • Inspect electrical components and connections and repair/replace or tighten as required.
  • Ensure proper airflow and change dirty air filters.
  • Inspect pumps, lubricate, and check flow rates where appropriate.
  • Clean and lubricate motors as required.
  • Examine belts, adjust and align as required.
  • Inspect, clean and balance blowers as required.
  • Certain inspections are specific to your cooling system, and others to your heating system.

Cooling system maintenance:

  • Clean coils, condensate pans, condensate traps, and condensate lines to prevent obstructions.
  • Clean outside coil and straighten fins for efficient operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels and if low, find the leak.   According to many equipment manufacturers, a 10 percent refrigerant loss will result in a 20 percent decrease in system efficiency!

Heating system maintenance:

  • Clean the burner assembly.
  • Remove soot from fireside of burner.
  • Clean and check operation of humidifier.
  • Visually or with remote camera, inspect heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Adjust air/fuel ratio of burner and perform combustion analysis.   Instrumentation used for combustion analysis is a means of fine-tuning a burner to achieve maximum fuel efficiency and optimum firing.

Maintaining semi-annual PMAs for heat pumps is also important.   For heat pump applications, winter season inspections repeat a number of the summer procedures plus several additional checks.

There are many benefits to regular scheduled maintenance for your HVAC system.   According to the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE), up to 50 percent more energy can be saved with proper installation, sizing, and maintenance of central air conditioning and heat pumps.   Maintenance visits usually pay for themselves through these savings, making them a good investment in your home and your home comfort.

Ask us about preventative maintenance and what it can do for you.   We can help you start saving money on your energy bills, and bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your system will always come through for you when you need it.

T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, please download our free  Home Comfort Resource guide.