Climate change should be a big concern for everyone who calls the earth home. Total electrification, though, is not the best solution. A hasty move to complete electrification can be a mistake that ends up costing a homeowner more in the end.
Reach out to Swezey Fuel to learn about how you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your Suffolk County, NY home, while steering clear of the pitfalls that come with a misguided rush to total electrification.
Many governments at the state and local level commit to electrification without fully considering what it really means to rely completely on electricity. Firstly, burdensome electric conversion regulations can end up costing landlords, businesses and homeowners a great deal of money, with no guarantee that the power won’t go out again and again.
The electrical infrastructure in the country isn’t truly reliable, and when you lose power, it can threaten the safety and security of your home. Changing to total electricity means you become entirely reliant on the power grid and the electric company for all of your heating, hot water, comfort, refrigeration and more.
When it comes to combating climate change, there can be more than one solution. Swezey Fuel, and others in the liquid fuels industry, continue to offer solutions that immediately reduce every customer’s carbon footprint dramatically without levying regressive taxes and additional equipment costs on consumers, or overloading the electric grid.
Fortunately, there’s a great alternative to electricity, and it’s good for the environment, too. Bioheat heating oil offers between 50% to 86% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Air Resources Board. It doesn’t worsen climate change, since it consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which includes animal fats, recycled restaurant cooking grease, algae, and plant oils like soybean, rapeseed and sunflower.
Swezey Fuel is committed to working towards establishing net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, and Bioheat fuel is an important step in heating oil’s evolution toward achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Fortunately, switching to Bioheat heating oil is simple, and will not require modification of your existing heating equipment, or significantly raise fuel expenses. In fact, you’ll save because New York State provides a 20¢-per-gallon credit on your state income taxes for using clean-burning Bioheat fuel.
By joining the Swezey Fuel family, you can work towards carbon neutrality too, just by increasing your fuel efficiency and cutting back on energy consumption with Bioheat fuel. Our heating oil experts will be by your side along your journey to greener fuel, keeping your family warm and comfortable throughout our frigid New York winters. We offer hassle-free payment options like EasyPay Plans for predictable pricing, Paperless Billing and AutoPay options – choose what works best for you.
You’re probably not thinking much about your home heating equipment as we head into the dog days of August here in Suffolk County…but maybe you should be (just a little).
Summer is actually a great time to think about your furnace or boiler – more specifically, it’s a great time to get some nagging maintenance tasks out of the way so you can enjoy a more comfortable home and lower bills all fall and winter.
Here are three things you can do for your heating system in the weeks to come – before the post-Labor Day rush for heating service calls makes it difficult to get that great appointment time you always want:
Summer is a great time to get a jump on your heating system maintenance, repair, or installation. Contact Swezey today for expert heating system service – or for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new heating system for your Suffolk County home!
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This year’s blazing heat may not have reached Suffolk County yet, but it’s coming. The question is, will your window air conditioners be up to the task – and at what cost to you?
Just because your home doesn’t have ductwork, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for loud, electricity-sucking window air conditioners. Instead, you could install a ductless mini-split system.
Ductless systems are quieter, more efficient, and less obtrusive than window A/Cs. In fact, they even have some advantages compared to central air conditioners.
Here are just some of the benefits that a mini-split system brings to the table:
You can even use mini-split air conditioners for supplemental cooling in a home that has central air – contact us to learn more about that option.
Curious about ductless system installations in Suffolk County, NY? Contact Swezey Fuel today for a FREE estimate and learn how affordable one of these great Fujitsu ductless air conditioning systems can be!
After more than a year of uncertainty, we can finally see some light ahead of us.
Like many of you, our team has struggled to do our jobs with the public health crisis hovering over our heads. And as we always have, we battled our way through big snowstorms and extremely cold temperatures over the winter. With ongoing uncertainty and the added challenges of periodic quarantines we experienced a true test of our fortitude.
We can say with confidence that at this point in time, we’ve never been prouder of our team. They have managed to keep people warm despite dealing with many personal challenges themselves, and maintained their usual do-whateverit- takes attitude throughout the season. This approach served our team — and our customers — well throughout the winter.
As the weather warms up, please let us know if we can help you with your air conditioning or plumbing needs.
Warmly, Bruce, Gary, Kent and Michael
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As we step out of hibernation, we’ve got summer on our minds — and who can blame us? While it may not feel like the time to think about a heating equipment tune-up, summer is actually the perfect time to get this done. Here are three reasons why summer is the time for a heating system tune-up:
Contact us today to set up your summer tune-up!
When you schedule your cleaning/tune-up or enroll in Paperless Billing or our EasyPay Budget Plan by June 30, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift card. And customers who have an air conditioner or boiler installed by June 30 will be entered to win a $500 gift card! Contact us today to get started!
Warm weather brings us rewards — and challenges. If you’re having difficulty keeping your home healthy and comfortable, call us. We can help!
You can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality by making some simple lifestyle choices and a couple of smart investments.
You may sometimes forget to change the air filter on your furnace or air conditioning system and that can negatively impact your indoor air quality. Check your HVAC filter about once a month and change or clean it as needed. This is especially important if someone in your home has a respiratory condition, or if you have pets. In these situations, you may need to change or clean the filter more frequently.
Professional maintenance for your heating or cooling system will keep your equipment working well, your air circulating properly and humidity levels under control. If you haven’t scheduled your annual HVAC maintenance service yet this year, contact us today to make an appointment.
Consider installing indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment such as an air purification system. This IAQ solution safely removes the risks of many airborne and surface bacteria, mold spores and viruses. It also eliminates cooking odors. A whole house humidification system is also recommended.
Many cleaning and personal care products use scent as a way to make them more attractive. But the scents added to products like air fresheners, soaps, detergents, all-purpose cleaners and other products can result in hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into your home.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs can create health problems ranging from throat, eye and nose irritation to dizziness to even liver or kidney damage. Make an effort to use unscented products. You can still add a pleasant smell to your home with essential oils and a diffuser.
TIP: The EPA offers a Safer Choice guide for finding better cleaning options that won’t harm your indoor air quality — or you. To learn more, visit EPA.gov/saferchoice.
Humidity can create all sorts of problems. If the air is too humid during the summer, it can encourage the growth and spread of mold. Research has shown that molds can trigger asthma attacks, allergic reactions, and even lung infections in people with chronic lung disease or compromised immune systems.
Houseplants are nature’s air filter. Studies have shown that plants can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins from the air and replace them with oxygen. Some good choices for clearing the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, ficus, gerbera, Golden Pothos, peace lily, philodendron, pot mum, and spider plants.
Planning a home improvement project? Use products that are low-VOC and mold resistant, such as fiberglass-covered drywall or gypsum board and low-VOC paint.
We all love our hobbies, but some of them use some pretty toxic materials. If you plan to strip paint, use adhesives or do any other activities that expose you to harmful vapors, be sure to do it in a well-vented room — or better yet, work outside whenever possible.
Our IAQ experts will be glad to help improve the air quality in your home. Contact us today to learn more.
As the days of uncertainty linger on, there’s still one thing we know for sure. It’s going to get hot sometime this summer.
So the last thing you want is for your cooling system to shut down on a hot, steamy day.
If you’ve had your system checked out this spring already and your service technician gave it a thumbs-up, then you should be all set to beat the heat.
But if you’re relying on an old system that uses outdated R22 refrigerant, you risk a summer breakdown, not to mention high repair costs. An older system will also drain more electricity, making your cooling costs higher than they should be.
A new high-efficiency system could cut your cooling costs in half — and eliminate the expense and annoyance of breakdowns — while keeping your home more comfortable, no matter how high the mercury soars.
Our cooling experts can evaluate your needs and help you choose a cooling system that’s the right size for your home.
To protect your investment in a new system, we recommend that you enroll in our cooling service plan. This ensures that you will get the maintenance that’s required to keep your equipment warranty intact.
Have you heard about our EasyPay Budget Plan? Keep your bills predictable and under control with the help of our convenient budget plan. Here’s how it works: based on your usage history, our team will estimate your total usage costs for the year. From there, your payments will be spread out evenly over 11 months. We’ll monitor your usage throughout the year to see if we need to make any adjustments.
When you sign up for the heating oil program, your statement will arrive at the same time each month, and you can pay by check, credit card or I-Checks (our electronic funds transfer program). We’ll automatically credit you at the end of the year for any monthly credit balances you’ve accrued. Contact us today to learn more or to sign up!
As designated Fujitsu ELITE Contractors, our team of technicians can handle virtually any cooling system issue, from installations to repairs and beyond.
If you think you might be due for a new system, we have good news: replacing your old A/C with a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system can save you up to 40% on your cooling costs!
Is it time for a ductless mini-split? If you’ve been relying on loud, inefficient window units, now’s the time to start thinking about getting a ductless mini-split. Ideal for homes without central air or with an additional room or two to cool, this is an efficient, easy-to-install option.
Special Offer: With a 1/3 down payment, get 18 months’ interest-free financing* on the purchase of a mini-split unit through June 30.
*for qualified buyers