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Kent, Gary, Bruce and Michael
Dear Friends,
As you know, Swezey Fuel celebrated our 100th anniversary last year. That’s a long time to be a part of the fabric of a community. Our company is proud to have served our many friends and neighbors for generation after generation.
Our ability to take care of our customers through all these years has only been possible because of the efforts of our amazing employees. In addition to having a wealth of experience, they are nice people whom you can trust, whether they are making a repair, installing new equipment, talking with you on the phone or filling up your tank.
Of course, we couldn’t have made it this far without another amazing group of people: our family of customers. We thank you for your loyalty, your kind words and your confidence in us, whether you have been with us for decades or just recently joined us.
This 100-year milestone is as much about looking forward as it is about looking back: Our goal, as always, is to make sure you stay comfortable and safe while saving money for years to come.
Remember, we’re here to help make your home more comfortable and save you money no matter what the season. Let us know what we can do for you. Enjoy the warm weather!
Bruce, Gary, Kent and Michael

Lawn mowing robot
Sit back, relax and watch your grass-cutting chores performed by the pre‑programmed Landroid robotic lawn mower. Read this newsletter, then answer the questions on our contest page. All entries received by 6/28/19 with the correct answers will be entered into a drawing.
The Landroid uses a shock sensor system to mow around obstacles and automatically returns to its base for charging or in case of rain.
No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase chance of winning. See website for details.

Family on laptop
A lot of contractors take a “cookiecutter” approach to cooling systems that is easier for them, but that usually leads to problems. You’ll end up spending more on cooling costs as well as repairs.

Ask us about special equipment financing options for qualified buyers.

We know every house is different. We’ll look at many variables to make sure we give you the right size system. We’ll use this information to determine the “load” calculation for your home. That tells us how much heat your home gains during warm weather.
You’ll never receive a one-size-fits-all installation from us. The system we install for you will deliver the right amount of cool air at the right time to balance out heat gain — and it will do it all in the most efficient way. You’ll get the efficiency, reliability and comfort you expect, without paying a fortune!

Magic of cool air
You rely on your home air conditioning system all summer to stay cool — but do you know how it performs its magic act?

Air Conditioning Secrets Revealed

Most people think that their air conditioner just delivers cool air into the home, but it actually does double duty. To keep your home comfortable, the system also needs to pull the heat out of a home. Here’s how it all happens.

  • Within your A/C system are two coils — an aptly named evaporator coil (located inside your house) and a condenser coil (located outside your house).
  • Traveling within and between these coils is refrigerant — a chemical that has the ability to change from a liquid to a gas very quickly, transferring heat in the process.
  • Passing along the indoor evaporator coil, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the surrounding indoor air, leaving cooled air behind for redistribution to your house.
  • Meanwhile, the refrigerant — now a warm gas, thanks to the heat it has drawn from your air — travels to the outdoor unit, where the condenser coil squeezes all the heat out of it, turning it back into a liquid.
  • The compressor’s fan then pushes the heat it has gathered into the outdoor air, while the cool liquid is recycled and sent back to perform its heat transfer duties once again.

These are just the basic principles. A professional cooling technician should service your home A/C unit every year to make sure it is working properly.

Ready to Make It Disappear?

As the availability of outdated R-22 refrigerant has become more limited, its price has gotten higher. In 2020, R-22 will no longer be manufactured at all!
That’s a big — and costly — problem if your old A/C system leaks R-22 refrigerant and you need to add more.
If you’re not sure what type of refrigerant your air conditioning system has, please contact us. All the A/C systems we install operate on economical and environmentally friendly R-410 refrigerant.
Besides the refrigerant issue, keep in mind that all new air conditioning systems are many times more efficient than models available even a decade ago. Upgrading to a higher-efficiency cooling system can save you a lot of money over the long run — on utility bills and repair costs.

Tricks for Mowing

Every time you mow your lawn, there is a chance you could be affecting the operation of your central air conditioning unit. That’s because grass clippings, dust, pollen and dirt are all stirred up during lawn maintenance. This debris then settles either on or inside your outdoor air conditioning unit, and that can compromise its performance.
Take these steps to protect your outdoor A/C unit, which will minimize inefficient operation and help you avoid potential breakdowns:

  1. When mowing the lawn, position the mower in a way that minimizes the amount of debris blown toward the unit.
  2. Shutting off the A/C unit while mowing can help make sure debris is not being drawn to the outdoor condenser.
  3. When you’re finished, rinse the outdoor unit by spraying with a garden hose for just a minute. Dirt, dust, pollen and grass clippings easily rinse away.
  4. Don’t block off your outside air conditioning unit with plants, shrubs or other objects. Make sure there is between 18 and 30 inches of clear space around the unit to allow it to “breathe.” This helps it run more efficiently.
  5. Don’t stack anything on top of the unit either, like garden hoses or landscaping tools and products.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Common A/C Problems

If you detect an air conditioning problem early enough and call us in, you may be able to avoid more costly repairs later on. Stay alert for these problems:

  1. Restricted airflow — Hold your hand up to the vent — do you feel a steady flow of air? If you don’t, you’ll most likely need service (try other vents too — knowing if the problem is in one area or several can help narrow down the cause).
  2. Frequent cycling — If your home cooling system cycles (turns on and off) too often, it can wear out prematurely (frequent cycling is often a sign that the system is too large for the home, but the problem could also be mechanical).
  3. A too-warm house — There can be a number of reasons that your air conditioner is constantly running but the house isn’t cooling, and our technician has to do a fair amount of detective work to determine the real cause.
  4. Noticeably higher bills — If you see your bills creeping higher year after year despite the fact that you use your cooling system about the same amount, the system could be straining to cool the house — and that can eventually lead to a breakdown in the summer heat. A simple tune-up may solve the problem!

StreamLabs Control
Q: Will you be introducing any new products soon?
A: We already have, and it’s brought peace of mind to a lot of customers this past heating season. Our new product is the StreamLabs Control, which can catch and control water issues anytime, anywhere.
Jim Krug
This system features patented ultrasonic technology for real-time water monitoring, smart leak detection, and automatic shutoff to stop leaks right away. Just one monitor will protect your entire home from costly water damage and provide you with complete control from anywhere through a free app.
You’ll be able to get alerts to your smartphone right away if a leak is detected, and you can use the remote shutoff feature to stop leaks. You can also view current and historical water usage.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, everything you need to control your home’s water system rests right in the palm of your hand.
Please call us or contact us here for more details about this product.

Schedule a plumbing service by 6/30/19 and get a 15% discount.*

Did you know that Swezey offers complete plumbing services? No job is too small — or too large.
Whether it’s for a leaky toilet or a waterheater replacement, you can count on the same courteous service and top-quality workmanship you’ve come to expect from Swezey Fuel.
We have full-time licensed plumbers on staff and offer affordable pricing with no surprises.
Visit our plumbing page to read more.
*Maximum discount $75

Service team
Once again this winter, our front-line team of drivers and technicians came through for you. In frigid temperatures and some nasty storms, our drivers were handling deliveries for long hours each day to make sure that every one of our customers had the fuel they needed to stay warm and safe.
And as anyone who had to call for heating service can attest, our friendly expert service technicians stepped up to help — no matter what time of day or night.
Don’t take our word for it — here’s what Swezey customers have been saying about our team of talented technicians:

“Pete was prompt, courteous and very clean with his maintenance of my furnace. Happy with his work.”
—Frances C.

“Thanks to John C., our burner is up and running. We are so grateful for Swezey’s quick response to our call, as always. They never disappoint!”
—Helen M.

“Kevin arrived early and ended up staying late. Super-efficient and knowledgeable, he has a throwback work ethic, which I love. I couldn’t be more pleased with the skill and effort he provided during the install.”
—Bruce B.