Follow these helpful tips to prep your home for the colder seasons ahead!
Fall is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to prepare your home and heating system for the colder months ahead. These simple tips will ensure that your home is in tip-top shape so you and your family can enjoy all of the upcoming fall festivities.
• Replace clogged air filters
We recommend replacing air filters every 3 months to ensure that your system is functioning efficiently. Dirty filters make your heating system to work harder than usual. Since you will be using your heating system more frequently during fall and winter, these filters can become easily clogged with dust and debris. Not only can this increase your monthly utility bill, it can also decrease efficiency.
• Seal leaks around doors or windows
A common way for heat to escape your home is through small leaks or openings around doors and windows. We recommend filling these cracks with an affordably priced caulking that can be purchased at any major home improvement store. You may also want to check your chimney or roof for any necessary repairs, as heat often escapes from gaps in these two areas.
• Seal ducts
Ducts are often overlooked, as they are typically located in the attic or basement. If your ducts are not properly sealed or prepared for the fall season, you can lose up to 20% of your heat. Sealed ducts can help you save a great amount on your next utility bill!
• Clean your chimney
If your home has a chimney, it’s imperative to clean it once a year. A clean chimney can prevent house fires or buildup of carbon monoxide. Common blockages in chimneys include dirt, debris, leaves and bird’s nests. We recommend hiring a professional for a maintenance check on your chimney before winter hits.
• Clean your gutters
We recommend checking your gutters for any debris or leaves left behind from previous months. This can prevent future leaks or damage from occurring during the fall season.
Prepare for colder months ahead! Order heating oil with us by visiting penguinenergy.com or call our team at (845) 343-0009 for Orange County or (845) 791-8000 for Sullivan County.
Follow these simple steps to restart your furnace!
We know how hectic life can get. With a busy schedule, so many of us often overlook routine furnace maintenance. A lack of maintenance can often cause your system to become worn down or even prevent it from running. Are you experiencing issues with your heater? Before calling a professional for help, we recommend following these simple steps to restart your furnace.
1) Check the filter
Prior to restarting your system, you should first check the furnace filter. A clogged filter can often prevent your furnace from turning on. To ensure your system is running efficiently, we recommend replacing your filter every 90 days.
To replace the furnace filter, follow these steps:
The filter should be located in a compartment at the top or bottom of the furnace. Once you’ve found the access panel, you should be able to open it up and pop out the filter. You can then replace the dirty filter with a clean one, (these can be purchased at any major hardware store). After replacing it, don’t forget to close and secure the access door.
2) Check the pilot light
A pilot light is a small flame that remains lit inside the furnace. If the pilot light is off, your furnace will not be able to spark to light the boiler. You should refer to the owner’s manual for instructions on the proper way to relight this.
3) Restart the furnace
After these first two steps are completed, you can now restart the furnace. Set your thermostat five degrees below the temperature in your home. Then, locate the breaker box. If the breaker panel looks normal, turn off the breaker to your heater. If you notice signs of damage, do not continue any further. Give our team a call at (845) 343-0009 or (845) 791- 8000. One of our professionals can assess the damage. You should leave this breaker off for at least 10-15 minutes. After this period of time, you can turn the HVAC breaker back on and restore the power back to your furnace. You can now reset the temperature on your thermostat back above room temperature. This should solve your problem and restart the furnace.
If your furnace has not restarted, you may need help from a professional. Give our team a call at (845) 343-0009 for Orange County, or (845) 791-8000 for Sullivan County. We are here to help!
Cleaning your blower wheel can help keep your furnace running in tip-top shape!
Dirt build-up in your furnace can have a huge negative impact on your heating oil system. Not only does it waste fuel and lower its efficiency, but it also impacts the motor, filter system and blower wheel. To combat this common issue, we recommend cleaning your furnace regularly.
What is a Blower Wheel?
Blower wheels are designed to keep air moving in and out of the furnace. After years of continuous use, the blades can build-up quite a bit of dirt. When dirt begins to clog the blower wheel’s blades, your furnace will need to work in over-drive to keep the air circulating. The heat exchanger is also affected by this, as it will run hotter. This can significantly raise your electricity bill and lower your furnace’s lifespan.
Benefits of Cleaning the Blower Wheel
Cleaning the blower wheel is critical to keeping your furnace running efficiently. By clearing out the debris in the blower wheel, you will begin to experience a range of benefits such as:
1. Extending your furnace’s life span
2. Reducing monthly electricity bills
3. Increasing furnace’s efficiency
We recommend hiring a professional to eliminate any dirt or debris within your furnace. Scheduling regular maintenance checks on your furnace will allow you to reap a number of benefits. If you’re interested in scheduling a routine maintenance check, give us a call at: 845-281-7069 (Orange County) and 845-513-6172 (Sullivan County) or visit penguinenergyny.com .
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Now that summer is in full swing, many of our customers will be cranking up their air conditioning. When turning it on for the first time in months, you may notice some signs that your AC unit is not working at full capacity. Take a look at these common warning signs that your AC unit is in need of repair.
1. Malfunctioning thermostat
If you notice that your AC unit only runs for a short period of time and then turns off, your thermostat may be broken. Issues with the thermostat are probably the most common signs that your AC unit is in need of repair.
2. Your energy bill has increased significantly
It’s common to experience a small fluctuation in the price of your energy and utility bills each month. If you notice that your energy bill has increased significantly, it’s possible that your AC unit is not functioning properly. We recommend calling a professional to take a look at your system.
3. Warm air is coming from the air vents
If you notice that there’s warm air coming from your air vents, it’s time to call a professional. It’s possible that there could be an issue with the compressor or air ducts.
4. Increased humidity
If your home is more humid than usual, it’s possible that your air duct could be leaking or the evaporator coil inside the AC unit is damaged.
5. Loud noises coming from the unit
If you hear loud noises coming from your AC unit, it’s possible there could be parts in the system that are loose. It’s important to get this fixed by a professional right away, as it could cause further issues down the line.
Our team of professionals is here to help! Give us a call at Sullivan County: 845-513-6172,
Orange or Ulster County: 845-281-7069.
Order heating oil with Penguin Energy today!
When purchasing a home, you may be unsure as to which source of heat you should select. The most common forms of heating for homes are electric, gas, and fuel oil. In the North East, many homeowners have selected heating oil as their primary source of fuel.
Take a look at the perks of using heating oil for your home:
1. Large Supply
At Penguin Energy, we have a vast supply of heating oil. You’ll never have to worry about being left in the cold again. We offer 24-Hour Emergency Delivery Services for anyone in the community that lives in Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster County. Our team of professionals are here to help. Just give us a call at Sullivan County: 845-513-6172 or Orange or Ulster County: 845-281-7069
2. Affordable Pricing
Gas and electric have historically been more expensive than heating oil. We focus solely on heating oil delivery, which is why we can offer discount heating oil at a great price. Not to mention, we offer several payment options and budget plans which let you spread out your cost of heating oil over 11 equal payments.
Heating oil burns up to 20 percent more efficiently than gas heating and is up to 30 percent more efficient than heating with electricity.
4. Long Lifespan
Most homeowners using gas or propane have had to replace their heating systems after only 15 years. With proper care and routine maintenance, your heating oil system can last up to 30 years. This will save you a great amount of money in the long run.
5. Cleaner Burning
Over the past few decades, heating oil has become cleaner burning. Along with the major improvements that have been made to oil heating systems to make them more efficient, you can feel confident that when you use heating oil to keep your home warm, you’re doing so with few or no emissions.
Interested in ordering heating oil for your home? Visit https://penguinenergyny.com/heating-oil-delivery/
Save money on your next heating oil delivery with Penguin Energy!
Now that temperatures are heating up, ordering heating oil may not be the first thing you think of. Although you may not be using heating oil as frequently as you would during the winter season, it’s still important to maintain your fuel supply. Take a look at the perks of ordering heating oil this summer with Penguin Energy:
1. Off-Season Pricing
Typically, the peak time to order heating oil is during fall and winter. We recommend taking advantage of the lower prices during the offseason! This will give you the greatest value for your money.
2. You’ll Protect Your Tank
The changes in temperature can cause some problems for your heating oil tank. We often experience hot summer days followed by cool nights. The change in temperature, as well as increased humidity, can cause moisture to build up in your tank. If it’s not completely full, it leaves your tank vulnerable to corrosion.
3. Large Supply
During the winter season the demand for heating oil skyrockets. This can diminish supply rather quickly. It’s a great idea to stock up on heating oil during the summertime since you’ll have access to a greater supply at cheaper rates.
4. Flexible Delivery
Due to the decrease in orders during the summer months, you’ll have greater flexibility when scheduling a delivery. Did you know that Penguin Energy also offers automatic delivery? This will give you peace of mind that you’ll never need to place an order again. Plus, you’ll save 5 cents per gallon on fuel! Now that’s a win-win.
Interested in ordering fuel for your home or business? Visit penguinenergyny.com/heating-oil-delivery/ or give us a call at 845-281-7069 [Orange County] or 845-513-6172 [Sullivan County]
Penguin Energy can help you save money!
We care deeply about our customers. That’s why we offer the most affordable and competitive prices on heating oil while also delivering top-notch customer service. Interested in saving money on your heating oil expenses? Check out our tips below.
1. Manage Your Fuel
One way to save money on heating oil is by managing your fuel usage. Although we offer the most affordable prices, managing your monthly heating oil intake can help reduce costs. To regulate your fuel usage and keep your system running efficiently, we recommend following these key steps:
• Perform Furnace Maintenance: Tuning up your furnace once a year will help your system run more efficiently, which will ultimately reduce costs.
• Manage Your Thermostat: Programming your thermostat to a steady temperature will help to reduce any price fluctuations.
• Inspect Your Home: We also recommend inspecting your home to identify areas that need more insulation or caulking. This can prevent hot or cool air from leaking out of your home.
2. Fill Up in the Offseason
There are so many perks to ordering fuel during the spring and summer months. The most obvious reason is cheaper fuel rates. Refilling your tank during these warmer months has more benefits than just cost savings. It can actually prevent corrosion within the tank from moisture buildup.
3. Join Our Automatic Delivery Program
Another great way to save money on heating oil is by signing up for our automatic delivery program. Not only will you have peace of mind that your tank is filled, but you’ll also save 5 cents per gallon! Now that’s a win-win.
4. Budget Plan
Our budget plan is a great way to prepare your finances for yearly fuel deliveries. We’ll estimate the typical amount of fuel that you order for the year, and divide it up into 12 even payments. This will give you a greater picture of your monthly heating oil expenses.
Visit https://penguinenergyny.com/heating-oil-delivery/ to learn more about how Penguin Energy can save you money!
Penguin Energy has the best prices on heating oil!
Although the colder months are behind us, it’s still important to keep your heating oil tank filled throughout the year. If you’ve run out, there’s good news. Penguin Energy offers the best prices on heating oil along with 24-hour emergency delivery services.
First and foremost, you should never run out of heating oil. To avoid the possibility of running out of fuel, we recommend refilling your heating oil tank when it’s a quarter full. Although our team of professionals delivers fuel within 24-48 hours, planning ahead can save you the headache. We make the ordering process as easy as possible. If you need heating oil but aren’t sure how much to order, follow our steps below!
1. Check your tank gauge
Your heating oil tank will be located in either your basement or above ground outside. When you’ve found your heating oil tank, you can locate the gauge on top of the tank. The approximate amount of fuel you have will be displayed in fractions. Like we stated previously, we recommend refilling your tank at a quarter of a tank.
2. Use our heating oil calculator
Visit the how much to order page to use our heating oil calculator. Simply input your tank size and tank gauge level and our calculator handles the rest! It will tell you how much fuel is left in your tank as well as how much you’ll need to order.
3. Order fuel!
Lastly, you can visit the order fuel page with the number of gallons you’ll need and submit your order. It’s that easy!
Keep in mind, we also have an auto-delivery option. Our team will deliver fuel to your home or business automatically. This will give you peace of mind that you’ll never have another empty tank. Visit Penguin Energy to learn more about how we can save you money on your next order!
Although spring time is officially here, we may still experience some colder days in the North East. Since so many of our customers rely on heating oil to keep their families warm and comfortable, we recommend yearly maintenance checkups on your furnace. By cleaning and maintaining your furnace at least once a year, your heating system will run more efficiently and stay in tip-top shape. Here are some great furnace cleaning tips to keep your system running at full speed:
1. Safety First
When starting maintenance work on your furnace, you should always turn the power off to your system. This will protect you from any serious injuries.
2. Change Your Filter
Replacing your filter is extremely important to allow air to properly circulate through your furnace. This will not only improve the air quality within your home, but can also reduce your energy bill. We recommend changing these filters every 30-90 days. To change your filter, simply lift up the blower access panel. There, you should be able to see the filter. Simply replace the dirty filter with a clean one, and there you have it. It’s easy as 1-2-3!
3. Vacuum Your Furnace
Another easy, yet essential furnace maintenance tip is vacuuming the inside of your furnace. You should try to suck-up any visible dirt or dust within the inside of the furnace. We recommend paying close attention to the blower wheel; as dirt tends to build up in this area. If you’re unable to eliminate the dust with your vacuum, you can use a damp rag. When you’re finished wiping up any excess dust, it’s important to check that there is no excess moisture within the furnace. This could potentially cause corrosion within the tank.
4. Inspect any wires or belts
After vacuuming, you should inspect any wires or belts within the furnace. You should try to tighten any loose wires. If your blower belt has any signs of damage, make sure to give our team a call. Our team of reliable professionals are here to help!
If you are in need of a maintenance check, give us a call at (845) 513-6172 [Sullivan County], or (845)281-7069 [Orange County].
You can rely on Penguin Energy to help you become more energy efficient and save you money
Now that the spring season is well underway, it’s the perfect time to be proactive for the warmer months to come. Whether you’re looking to save money on your energy bill or would like to be more energy efficient, these energy saving tips will definitely help you this spring and summer.
1. Seal-Up Air Leaks
Air escapes your home through cracks around your windows or doors. By sealing these spaces with affordably-priced caulking, it will ensure that no air leaks in or out of your home. Maintaining proper insulation is also important to maintaining an energy-efficient home.
2. Replace Furnace & Air Conditioner Filters
It’s important to replace your furnace and air conditioner filters every 90 days. By having clean filters, air will flow more efficiently which will provide you with a cost savings on your next electric bill.
3. Program your Thermostat
Setting your thermostat to a certain temperature is a great way to become more energy efficient. This will help you to avoid any major fluctuations in temperature within your home and help to maintain comfortable living conditions.
4. Use Ceiling & Exhaust Fans
Living in the North-East, we all know that it can take a bit of time for the weather to warm up when transitioning from winter to spring. Using a ceiling fan instead of an air-conditioner initially will help cool your home and save you from paying a hefty electric bill. If you’re experiencing a warmer day, we recommend using exhaust fans. This will allow you to release quite a bit of hot air from your home so you won’t have to crank up the AC to cool down.
At Penguin Energy, we strive to save all of our customers money. We offer the most affordable prices with no hidden fees. Visit https://penguinenergyny.com/ for more information about our heating oil and propane services.