Across Long Island and Suffolk County, homeowners have gotten a true taste of winter recently. From ultra-low temperatures to arctic winds to snow (finally!), the less predictable weather we’ve been experiencing this season means having a reliable source of heat has never been more important.
But if you depend on oil heat to warm your home, how do you know how much heating oil you use every day or how much you’ll need for the rest of the season? Understanding how to estimate your daily heating oil use can help give you peace of mind.
You’d be surprised how many factors play into calculating your daily heating oil use. How fast you go through oil depends on:
The last thing you probably feel like dealing with when it’s super cold is tracking your daily oil usage so that you can make sure you don’t run out. Assuming you’ve lived in your home for at least a year or two, you can always look back at your previous years’ bills and see how much heating oil you used in the colder months. Or you can turn to Swezey Fuel’s automatic delivery service, which gives you confidence that you’ll never run low on heating oil because we do the tracking for you.
But if you’re curious or a DIY type and want to figure it out yourself, here’s a general rule of thumb that you can use. When the temperature reaches about 50 degrees, you can expect to use up to two gallons of heating oil per day. For days when it’s 40 degrees, you might use on average 3.7 gallons. And if it goes down to 30 degrees, you’re looking at an average of 5.3 gallons of oil each day.
Here are several things you can do to lower your heating oil bills.
Program your thermostat. Setting your thermostat to automatically keep inside temperatures lower at night or during the day when no one is home helps conserve heating oil for when you most need it. Programmable thermostats make doing that much easier because you can program multiple customized temperature settings for each day and night — and if things change, smart thermostats let you adjust your settings right from your mobile phone.
Schedule annual tune-ups. Regular maintenance can help avoid expensive repairs, keep your equipment performing better, make it last longer and reduce your costs.
Keep the heat in. On sunnier days, open curtains and shades so that your home can get natural warmth and rely less on your boiler or furnace to do the work. And make sure you block any drafts with caulking or weatherstripping so that the warm air you’re paying for doesn’t walk out the door.
Upgrade your heating system. Modern heating systems are so much more efficient than ones manufactured 20 years ago. If your boiler or furnace is performing sluggishly, you can ask Swezey Fuel experts to take a look and recommend a replacement. We can install the right model for your home and get you back on the path to high-efficiency heating so that you and your family can enjoy a warm home and lower heating bills.
Choose Bioheat® fuel for your Long Island home. We proudly deliver this cleaner-burning option that’s a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel. Because Bioheat fuel leaves fewer deposits on your heating system’s parts, your boiler or furnace will work more efficiently and last longer without breaking down — and that all saves you money. Today’s modern heating systems can run on Bioheat fuel without any modifications and can help you contribute to a healthier environment while being easier on your wallet.
It’s easy to save time and stop worrying about running low on heating oil when you use our free automatic delivery program. With auto delivery, we track your heating oil use for you so that you never have to be concerned about run-outs.
Wherever you live in Suffolk County, you can count on us for scheduled or emergency heating oil deliveries in all kinds of weather. Just contact us today to get on board!
Ever wondered why your heating oil prices can seem to be all over the place from month to month or year to year? When other things we buy are at fixed, predictable prices, having to deal with the wildly fluctuating cost of heating oil can be frustrating — especially when inflation is high.
During the recent period of soaring inflation, many who were struggling with the high costs of gas, rent and food didn’t appreciate having to deal with high heating oil prices, too. Even when inflation goes down, it can be hard to budget when you don’t know how much your energy bills are going to be every month.
Heating oil prices across Suffolk County and beyond are dependent on several factors, including:
Regional seasonal demand. Did you know that households in our own Northeast region consume about 90 percent of the heating oil used in this country? Of course, that’s largely due to our cold winters. Because these supply and demand issues affect New York heating oil prices, we are committed to securing fuel earlier in the year before typical winter price surges — and then we pass those savings on to our customers.
Crude oil markets. Heating oil is distilled from crude oil (just like gasoline, diesel and kerosene), so that’s why prices are tied to the global crude oil markets. Over the past few years, we’ve seen heating oil prices go up and down based on regional and international geopolitical issues — including lower refinery production during the COVID-19 pandemic, OPEC members cutting production, and the Ukraine-Russian war affecting Russian oil supplies. Plus Wall Street activities can complicate things as speculators try to profit from higher heating oil prices.
Operating costs. The costs of labor, transportation and storage to deliver heating oil to you can change. For example, when production drops and we have to get fuel from suppliers that are farther away, our expenses go up. Even so, we do everything we can to keep our operating costs low so that we don’t have to pass too much of those costs on to our customers.
Having the heating oil you need to keep your family warm and your household running during the coldest Long Island nights is important. At Swezey Fuel, we work hard to ensure you get it at a fair, transparent price.
We also know times can be tough — and it doesn’t help when you don’t know what your heating oil bills will be from month to month. That’s why we offer several convenient pricing plans and hassle-free payment options.
These include our EasyPay budget plan, which gives you a better way to have predictable oil bills every month. We estimate your total yearly costs and then give you a monthly bill that can be paid electronically or by check or credit card. Not only will we credit you if you have a balance at the end of the year, you get a 2% annual rebate when you stick with EasyPay!
We also make it simple to manage payments through paperless billing and AutoPay options.
We’re glad to share that Project Warmth — an emergency fuel fund created by United Way of Long Island that provides a one-time grant for fuel or fuel-related electricity — is available to Long Island families struggling with heating costs.
Whether you’re a current customer wanting a simpler way to manage your heating oil bills or you’re looking to make the switch, our family-owned business is here to provide dependable, cost-effective heating oil delivery and service. Just contact us today!
Galvanized pipes are steel pipes that have been coated with a layer of zinc to help prevent corrosion. This was a common practice in the fairly recent past, but there are some drawbacks to having galvanized pipes in your home.
While galvanized pipes were commonly used in plumbing in the past, they have some drawbacks that may lead to the need for replacement in certain situations, such as:
If you have galvanized pipes in your plumbing system, and they are approaching or exceeding the typical lifespan, it’s advisable to monitor them for signs of corrosion, leaks, or reduced water flow.
If you are experiencing issues with your plumbing system and suspect that galvanized pipes may be the cause, consult a licensed plumber. A professional assessment can help determine the extent of the problem and whether replacement is necessary. In many cases, replacing galvanized pipes with more modern and durable materials, such as copper or PEX, is a recommended solution for long-term reliability and water quality.
In addition to our expert heating equipment and air conditioning services, Swezey offers complete and professional plumbing services in Suffolk County, NY. With experience in all types of homes, our experts will help you with your selections if you need new fixtures, a new toilet or anything else that’s plumbing-related. Afterward, we’ll install it correctly and then provide the follow-up maintenance that’s needed to keep your plumbing system running efficiently and reliably.
Swezey Fuel has you covered for all of your home plumbing and water heating needs. Contact us today for plumbing service or equipment installation or to become a customer.
The best time to order heating oil can vary depending on several factors, including your location, the weather patterns that season, and market conditions. Read on to learn more about some tips for timing your heating oil purchase to get the best deal.
Here are some general guidelines to consider when it comes to timing your heating oil purchase:
Ultimately, the best time to order heating oil is when you can secure a favorable price and ensure you have an ample supply to keep your home warm during the heating season.
At Swezey, we know what’s important to you as a modern heating oil delivery customer: fast answers with no runaround; accurate, timely deliveries; and friendly, honest, high-quality service when and where you need it. We’re family-owned for over 100 years, and we have solid relationships with our trusted suppliers, meaning we can pass those benefits on to you.
Whether you’re new to Suffolk County or looking for a new heating oil supplier, we’re here for your home comfort. Contact us with your questions and we can help satisfy all your heating oil needs. We’d love to welcome you to the Swezey Fuel family today!
Having your heater serviced at the beginning of fall is a wise idea when it comes to increasing energy efficiency. When everything with your heating system is running smoothly, it doesn’t expend extra energy, ballooning your heating bill in the process. Plus, it makes sense to head into the colder months with the peace of mind that your heater is equipped to deal with the inevitable cold snap on its way. Read on to learn top tips you can use to boost your heater’s efficiency at the start of the season.
By implementing these energy-saving tips, you can prepare your home for the colder months, reduce your energy consumption, and lower your heating bills while maintaining a warm and comfortable living environment.
Whether your home heating system needs repair, maintenance, or an upgrade, Swezey is the place to be. Our highly trained, Suffolk County–based team of expert HVAC technicians can service all makes, models and systems—old and new—for your home or business.
We’re here for all your Suffolk County comfort needs and can’t wait for you to join the Swezey Fuel family.
Do ductless mini-split AC systems sound almost too good to be true? It makes sense that you want to be certain this modern zoned cooling equipment has the capacity to keep your home at the temperature you desire. Read on to learn more about how to gauge whether ductless mini-splits can keep up during the dog days of summer in New York.
Mini-split air conditioners provide a great alternative for homes without duct framing. To install this system, we simply drill small holes in your walls to run refrigeration lines that connect to an outdoor cooling unit.
Whether you want to cool just one room, or your whole home, with a ductless mini-split, you can set a certain temperature for a single room or for multiple rooms. The expert technicians at Swezey can install a high-quality, high-efficiency mini-split air conditioning system in any room or zones of your Long Island home.
The cooling capacity of a mini-split system depends on the specific model and its BTU (British Thermal Units) rating. BTU is a unit used to measure cooling and heating capacity. The higher the BTU rating, the more cooling power the mini-split system has.
Mini-split systems are available in various BTU ratings to accommodate different room sizes and cooling needs. Here are some general guidelines to give you an idea of the cooling capacity of mini-split systems based on BTU ratings:
Keep in mind that the cooling capacity of a mini-split system also depends on other factors, such as the insulation and layout of the room, the local climate, and the desired temperature. If the cooling capacity of a single mini-split is not sufficient for your needs, you can consider installing multiple units in different rooms or opting for a multi-zone mini-split system.
Before purchasing a mini-split system, it’s essential to calculate the cooling requirements for the specific area you want to cool. The experts at Swezey can help you determine the appropriate BTU rating and system configuration to ensure optimal cooling performance for your space.
Want to make sure your mini-split AC can keep up with the heat? Find out how you can get the full power and cooling benefits of central air without the cost or hassle of adding ducts or another framework.
Become a Swezey customer today! We’re here for all your home comfort needs and our team of friendly, expert Suffolk County technicians can provide you with an assessment of the best way to go. Contact our dependable team today to learn how we can add to your quality of life.
Not every plumbing problem is going to need a plumber on site. After all, there is a lot of gray area between dislodging a glob of dried toothpaste in your sink drain and repairing broken piping that’s gushing water between the floors in your home.
The good news is that however big or small your plumbing troubles may be, the master plumbers at Swezey will get the job done right and done quickly. We’re here for your home renovation or if you just need a simple repair or drain cleaning. Read on to learn more about assessing whether it’s time to call in a plumber, and how we can help you with all your plumbing needs.
A good rule of thumb is to call a plumber when you encounter plumbing issues that are beyond your knowledge, skill level, or tools to handle the issue effectively yourself. Here are some general situations in which it would be advisable to call a plumber:
Whether it’s a small repair or a larger project such as replacing a water heater, you can expect Swezey to deliver courteous service and top-quality workmanship, with affordable up-front pricing—and no surprise add-ons. Our highly trained plumbing experts can provide solutions for all your plumbing needs—from water-heater installations and equipment sales to sewer-line repair, sump pumps—even garbage-disposal installations.
Remember, if you are unsure whether a plumbing issue requires professional assistance, it is better to err on the side of caution and call a plumber. They can assess the situation and provide guidance on the necessary steps to resolve the problem effectively.
Schedule a plumbing service call with us for the first time and get a 15% discount!
Whether you’re remodeling your Long Island home or need a simple repair or drain cleaning—or anything in between—Swezey’s master plumbers will get the job done right and done quickly.
The plumbing professionals at Swezey believe in quality work, not in cutting corners. We will not use drain cleaners containing harmful chemicals, which can severely damage your pipes and plumbing systems over time. Contact us to become a customer or get a free estimate for expert plumbing services and repairs for your Suffolk County home.
If your AC won’t turn on or blow cool air, you may need to call a professional for service, but first, check out our troubleshooting guidelines for solutions to try at home. We are happy to offer ways you can save time and money by taking steps to ensure that your cooling system is working properly.
If the troubleshooting steps above don’t get your AC going again, it’s time to call in the professionals who can get you cooled down and squared away. We also offer both heating and cooling service plans so you can relax all year long, knowing you will save money on repairs and enjoy peace of mind.
When you need an AC repair, upgrade or maintenance, Swezey is the place to be. Our technicians are up to the task and ready to deliver friendly, courteous service to your Long Island or Suffolk County home this spring.
Turn to Swezey Fuel for the most reliable air conditioning repair and service, and for peace of mind throughout the year. If you’re having an issue with your cooling system or if you have a question for someone on our team, contact us today!
Businesses on Long Island vary greatly in their needs and priorities, given the wide range of industries and fields including transportation, wineries, breweries, construction sites, health-care facilities, educational facilities, retail operations, tourism and much more. They all share one common thread, though: the need for fuel and equipment services.
That’s why choosing the right equipment services provider and reliable delivery of high-quality commercial fuel for your Long Island business matters so much. Read on to learn all about how Swezey can make a difference for your bottom line.
At Swezey, we understand the needs of the businesses across Long Island, and our experts are standing by to help your commercial operation succeed. We offer:
Whether you need commercial fuel, heating oil or service on your equipment, you’ve come to the right place. So, join the Swezey family—your Long Island neighbor for more than 100 years—and start saving today!
To learn more about how Swezey can help you with your commercial-fuel delivery needs in Suffolk County, reach out today with your questions and let us know what your Long Island business needs!
Heating oil tanks are typically made to last, but they still can’t last forever – especially if your tank is on the older side. If you’ve had your oil tank for a decade or more, or it is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time to consider upgrading it. Read on to learn more about what to look for when assessing the health of your heating oil tank, and when the best time of year to upgrade your equipment is.
Heating oil tanks can be replaced any time of year, and frequently need upgrades in the coldest months. That’s because when something goes wrong with a fuel tank, homeowners feel the impact right away if it means they can’t heat their home.
On the other hand, when spring is in full swing and summer is approaching, demand for heating equipment is lower. This means you’re most likely to get the best prices on upgrading your tank during spring and summer. It’s also easier to get on the schedule of your favorite energy professional!
Are you aware of the red flags to look for in your heating oil tank? If you notice any of the following signs, be sure to reach out to the energy experts at Swezey to learn about your options for repairing or upgrading your tank. Be sure to note any signs of:
No matter what time of year, if you think you might be due for a heating-oil-tank upgrade, contact us today to request an estimate. Our reliable team of trained professionals will help guide you through the process and make sure you understand your options. We look forward to helping you!