How Often Should HVAC Be Serviced?

Posted: February 20, 2023

Annual Maintenance Is a Vital Service You wouldn’t drive an entire year without taking your car to a trusted mechanic to change the oil and perform a safety and maintenance check, would you? If you did, the risk of your car breaking down and leaving you stuck with a high repair bill would increase dramatically. Just like your car, a home’s heating and central air conditioning equipment has a range of electrical and mechanical components that can wear down or break if you don’t follow your equipment manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. The manufacturer can also void your warranty if you are […]

Heating Oil Tank: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: February 6, 2023

Increase Your Knowledge About Oil Tanks Here are answers to some of the common questions we get about heating oil tanks. Q: How Long Do Heating Oil Tanks Last? Heating oil tanks can last for decades, but like anything else, they eventually need to be replaced. Life spans vary depending on the humidity in the environment, the thickness of the tank’s wall and other factors. When tanks do fail, it’s hard to see it coming, because they generally erode from the inside out. That’s why it’s a good idea to have them inspected periodically since cleaning up a tank leak can […]

What Is a HEPA Filter?

Posted: January 16, 2023

The Gold Standard for Removing Airborne Particles One of the most effective products used to improve indoor air quality today is the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters, which are considered the gold standard for removing airborne particles like dust, pollen and bacteria, are highly recommended for anyone who suffers from allergies or respiratory ailments like asthma. These highly effective air filters are used in air purifiers and forced-air HVAC systems like furnaces and central air conditioning units. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a HEPA filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, […]

Being Prepared for a Winter Fuel Delivery

Posted: January 4, 2023

Help Us Keep Propane & Oil Deliveries on Schedule This is the time of year to share some tips to assure timely deliveries as well as how to keep your heating system operating safely and efficiently all through winter. Let’s begin with some delivery advice. Watch Your Tank Levels If you call us to order fuel, make sure to check your heating oil or propane tank regularly—especially in the middle of a cold snap. Don’t wait until your fuel level gets too low. We recommend calling when your oil tank is about ¼ full or when your propane tank gauge […]

How Does a Furnace Work?

Posted: December 19, 2022

A Furnace Distributes Warm Air Through Your Home Today’s energy-efficient furnaces offer Delaware Valley homeowners a great opportunity to increase their comfort while decreasing their energy usage. New furnaces can now heat a home using significantly less energy compared to older-generation equipment. Knowing more about how your furnace works will help you to make smart choices if you’re considering replacing your old heating system with a new, high-efficiency model. And if you’re having a heating problem, knowing more about how your furnace works will be helpful when you discuss the issue with our service technician. Understanding Your Furnace Furnaces can […]

How Does a Boiler Heat Your Home?

Posted: December 5, 2022

What Is a Boiler? Boilers use hot water or steam to heat your home. Another name for a boiler is a hydronic heating system, which is defined as a system that transfers heat via a circulating fluid, such as water, in a closed system of pipes. Steam boilers can still be found in older homes, usually ones built before the 1950s. If you have this type of system, your boiler stays true to its name because it actually has to boil water to make steam before your heat can be distributed. In comparison, newer boilers do not need to boil […]