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Is Rushing to Total Electrification a Mistake?

Save the Environment – And Your Budget!

bioheat vs electricity new yorkClimate 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.

Switching to total-electricity energy is expensive

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.

Are you ready to rely solely on the electrical infrastructure for your power?

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.

Heating oil is a clean alternative power

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.

Bioheat® Fuel helps our world – and your fuel efficiency

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.

Swezey Fuel fights climate change, while protecting your budget and comfort

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.

Why Think About Your Heating System in the Summer?

hvac service new yorkYou’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:

  1. Schedule a heating system tune-up – Summer is one of the better times to get a a convenient appointment from a qualified HVAC technician, most of whom will be quite busy once the calendar turns to September.
    The other advantage of getting your routine heating maintenance out of the way in the summer is that it gives you time to fix any problems that might arise (see #2 below) without the threat of cold weather hanging over your head. And if you discover that your heating system needs to be replaced, you’ll still have plenty of time to plan your heating system installation (see #3 below).
  2. Take care of needed repairs – Heating systems got a real work out here in Long Island last year, with record-low temperatures chilling our region for much of the early year. Your heating system may have survived its winter battle in 2017-18, but that doesn’t mean it won’t need a little love before getting back to work this fall. A heating system tune-up will help a technician spot any heating system repairs that need immediate attention – obvious fuel leaks, broken parts, or significant duct leaks, to name a few.
  3. If it’s time, get a heating system upgrade – If you’ve been on the fence about a new heating system installation for your Suffolk County home, summer is a great time to do it – prices are usually lower, technicians and appointment times are often available, and you’re not under any pressure from Mother Nature to get your heating equipment installed.
    If your heating system is entering its second decade of use, a high efficiency heating equipment upgrade could help you save 30 percent on your monthly bills – enough to offset the cost of the upgrade in just a few years, while giving you better performance and more peace of mind in the meantime.

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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Brace for the Heat: Upgrade to a Ductless Mini-Split System

a/c installation new yorkThis 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.

Mini-Split Benefits

Here are just some of the benefits that a mini-split system brings to the table:

  • Higher SEER ratings – Ductless systems are extremely efficient, with many models having SEER ratings of 18 or more – well more than the 14 or 15 rating of most window models.
  • Better indoor air quality – In a central air system, your ductwork creates the perfect conditions for growing mold and other harmful microorganisms. Since a mini-split doesn’t need ductwork, it avoids those problems altogether.
  • More flexible placement options – Mini-split air handlers (the indoor component in a ductless system) vary in size and can be installed in basements, attics, and even rooms with no windows to create flexible cooling zones in your home.
  • Faster, easier installation – Installing a ductless system usually less than a day –and once it’s in, it’s in, unlike a window A/C that has to be removed and re-installed every year. With a mini-split, all you need is a wall and one or two 2- to 3-inch holes to connect the air handlers to the outdoor condenser.
  • Greener performance – Not only is a mini-split much more efficient than a window A/C, it also typically uses a more ozone-friendly refrigerant (R410A) than a typical window unit. That means fewer toxins and fewer carbon emissions for every hour you run your unit.

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!

Kent, Gary, Bruce and Michael
Dear Friends,
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:

  1. When you schedule your tune-up during the “off ” season, you’ll have an easier time scheduling an appointment by beating the fall rush.
  2. If our technicians spot any issues that require a repair, you’ll have plenty of time to take care of them before you’re dealing with a no-heat situation.
  3. Your tune-up won’t “wear off,” so you can have it done in the summer and it will still be effective when the cold weather sets in.

Contact us today to set up your summer tune-up!

a $500 gift card could be yours!

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!

Make your home healthier

You can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality by making some simple lifestyle choices and a couple of smart investments.

1. Practice Self-maintenance

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.

2. Practice Professional maintenance

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.

3. Invest in a whole-house air purification system

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.

4. Cut back on common scents

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

5. Control humidity levels

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.

6. Add plants

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.

7. Spend a little more on cleanhome improvement materials

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.

8. Ventilate hobby rooms

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.

Don’t wait for a cooling breakdown

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.

Enjoy Energy savings with high-efficiency cooling

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