The term “heating oil” conjures up different pictures for different folks. Because old-fashioned heating oil once held a reputation as being “dirty,” some people may still think about smelly, smoky heating oil from their grandma’s generation. The good news though – both for heating oil consumers and the environment – is that modern heating oil is a choice you can be proud of, since heating oil has only gotten better with time! In fact, heating oil has continued to evolve to be cleaner and greener, just within the last decade. Read on to learn more about what heating oil actually is, and how it differs from other types of oils – including its evolution from conventional heating oil to today’s cleaner, modern version.
So, what is Bioheat fuel, exactly? It is the heating oil industry’s official name for a fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products, including soybean oil, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.
Yes, that’s right – heating oil can be made by recycling other types of oils! Plus, with these natural and organic ingredients, it’s no wonder modern heating oil is so much cleaner than in the past. Just take a look at how the numbers stack up:
At Swezey, we know what’s important to you as a modern heating oil 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 of your heating oil needs. We’d love to welcome you to the Swezey Fuel family. Become a customer today!
On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon.
This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline, and propane to move higher too. Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (Or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.
Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.
We go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm; we will be there when you need us.
Bruce, Gary, Kent, and Michael
Written on: March 10, 2022
Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory.
To give you a sense of how this affects your heating oil price, in early March, we received notice at night from our suppliers that their prices were going up 20 cents per gallon the next day. The next day, prices went up three more times—a total of 60 cents in just 24 hours. Prices continued to surge—a total of $1.25 in one week. Normally, they might change 5 cents in a week.
We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back on usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.
One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for more than 100 years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.
If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.
Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.
Bruce, Gary, Kent, and Michael
Are you considering upgrading to a new boiler or furnace for your home? If so, you have a lot of things to consider, including the cost. Swezey is here to help! We sell, install, and service high-efficiency heating systems, and our affordable service plans help protect them with regular maintenance tune-ups and coverage of many parts and labor costs for repairs.
Some brands of boilers and furnaces cost more than others. But there’s more than just the name you must look at, and we’re here to help. We will go through your options to make sure that you get the best quality and energy efficiency you can afford in your new heating system.
As you have likely seen in the news in recent months, supply chain issues lingering from the COVID-19 pandemic are plaguing a wide range of industries. The HVAC industry has been affected as well, between labor shortages and shortages in materials such as copper and aluminum.
Swezey has worked hard to maintain reliable access to top-quality heating systems from our suppliers. If your home’s furnace or boiler is getting on in years and not performing as smoothly or efficiently, it is wise not to wait to begin the process of upgrading to a new one. We’ll come out and look over your furnace or boiler and give you a FREE estimate for a new one.
Where your heating system is located in your home can have an impact on the cost of installing it. The cost of installation may be higher if it is difficult to install in the desired location. Since a larger space may need a bigger unit, the size of your home can greatly impact both the price of the heating system as well as installation. The price will also be affected if the new furnace or boiler requires more space or is moved to a different location in your home.
If you currently have an electric furnace and are looking to upgrade to the efficiency and comfort of an oil-fired heating system, for example, it’s going to cost more. You will have to add a heating oil tank to your home and oil lines to your home and possibly make other adjustments.
If you have added finished space to your home since you last replaced your boiler or furnace, such as a home addition or a finished basement or attic, we’ll make sure that your new heating system is able to meet that added need. You will need to add ductwork to those spaces if you hadn’t already, which will add to your cost.
Recent years have shown us the importance of clean, healthy air in your home. If you are upgrading to a new furnace, you may choose to add indoor air quality equipment such as air purifiers or humidity control, which will be an additional expense.
As summer draws to a close, it’s important to recognize that the weather in Suffolk County, NY can be unpredictable. The pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween decorations may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean Mother Nature got the memo. Sometimes, it’s quite warm well into fall, while at other times, fall weather arrives right on time – with winter at its heels.
The bottom line? You’ll want to make sure your AC is in good working order for the next time you need it – whether that’s tomorrow afternoon, or not until spring. There’s no reason to be uncomfortable in your home, and with a few energy-saving tips, you can protect and preserve your investment in your AC system, so it’s ready when you need it.
At Swezey, we’re a family-owned business that takes pride in providing our neighbors with great value and superior customer service. We offer dependable fuel delivery and best-in-class equipment service and repairs.
While high temperatures themselves don’t directly put your air conditioner in a tailspin, we all know that cooling units must work a lot harder when it’s super-hot outside. The extra effort required of air conditioners when it’s sweltering puts added stress and strain on your cooling equipment. So, what can you do? Read on to learn the ins and outs of operating your A/C during the hottest months of the year, and how some tweaks can make a big difference for your unit’s longevity – and your energy bills.
Much like with humans, the older and more out-of-shape an air conditioner is, the more likely it is that the strain of later life and extreme conditions will take its toll. There’s no magic number that can cause your air conditioner to kick the bucket, but technicians have noted that older model A/Cs really start to struggle when temperatures outside approach 100 degrees and stay that way for days or weeks at a time.
Finding that balance between being comfortable in your own home and reducing the stress on your cooling equipment can be a challenge. If you are facing this dilemma, consider:
Whether your A/C needs repair, maintenance, or an upgrade, Swezey is the place to be. Our highly trained, Suffolk County–based team of expert A/C technicians can service all makes, models and systems—old and new—for your home or business.
We’re here for all your Suffolk County home comfort needs and can’t wait for you to join the Swezey Fuel family.
The cost of heating oil and other fuels has increased dramatically over the past year. For our budget-conscious customers, we have put together a program to cap further price increases while also providing protection if the price manages to drop over the next heating season.
Our Price Cap program is good news for our customers, since we are currently able to cap your price $.70 less than the current market rate, as winter future prices are lower than the current price of heating oil. The cost for Swezey to provide downward protection is about $500 for an average home, but we have reduced that cost to $396+tax or, $36 per month added to your budget. That means you’ll be protected both from rising costs, as well as losing out on more optimal pricing if costs fall significantly.
To illustrate, consider this example capped price set at $5.399:
The bottom line is that with the Price Cap program, you’ll be protected from skyrocketing prices – without being married to a mediocre rate if prices fall. So, as you can see, being on a capped budget plan is an excellent offer that can really benefit your costs. Please contact us for the current capped rate, or you can enroll online.
Serving Long Island for more than four generations, we have learned that every customer’s financial circumstances and budgeting needs are different. That’s why we offer Swezey customers our Price Cap program, among several ways to save. Our fuel experts can assess your particular situation and help you weigh your options for what works best for your family.
For over a century, we’ve kept families and businesses in Suffolk County and the surrounding area comfortable with high-quality heating oil and related services. If you’re looking for a delivery, in need of an equipment upgrade or just have a general question for our friendly team, we look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll become part of the Swezey family!
Central air conditioning may be ideal for some homes, but not others. Did you know that nowadays, you have easy, economical cooling options beyond central air conditioning? If your home cannot accommodate central air conditioning, or you have a room or other area that requires extra cooling efforts, a ductless mini-split could be the answer for you. Perfect for homes without ductwork, mini-split air conditioners do not require our technicians to cut into your existing ducts or to add another zone. Ideal for finished basements, mini-split air conditioners offer a few modes, including heating, cooling and dehumidifying.
Who wants to deal with a ductwork overhaul if it isn’t really necessary? Installing ducts in some homes—especially older ones—isn’t always practical or cost-effective. But that doesn’t mean that your family can’t be cool and comfortable all summer long. 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. Our team is also equipped to handle repairs on existing systems, so whether you need service or an installation, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Plus, Swezey is Fujitsu Elite Contractor, which means you can always trust you are getting top-quality air-conditioning products. Swezey makes it easy! Our dedicated employees and service technicians provide high-level service and are trained to respond quickly and effectively, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Corporations simply can’t compete with the kind of personal commitment our certified professionals deliver – and that’s what sets us apart from the crowd.
A ductless mini-split offers a smart, cost-effective solution for a wide range of spaces, including:
Mini-splits aren’t only a great solution for cooling just one or two rooms. While ductless mini-splits are often smart solutions for individual spaces that don’t get great airflow from central air conditioning, they can also serve as a whole-home solution, with multiple systems installed in one home. For a whole-house solution, we can handle the installation for multiple systems, all of which can be controlled remotely.
Find out how you can get the 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 of 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.
It doesn’t take a lot of explaining to point out that tuning up your air conditioner in the spring is a wise idea. After all, it makes sense to head into the hottest months of the year with the knowledge that your cooling system is well-equipped to handle the coming heatwave. Read on to learn more about the top reasons servicing your A/C in the spring is a good plan.
When you need an A/C 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!
You likely are aware that as the price of crude oil goes, so goes gasoline, heating oil and the many other products derived from it. And that’s just what happened when global crude oil prices soared to over $100 per barrel for the first time in eight years after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. In fact, even prior to the war in Ukraine, there were stubborn supply shortages, as customers began to travel and spend more, once the hoped-for “end” of the pandemic seemed within reach. All these factors sent inflation rates in our country to their highest level in 40 years.
This shocking spike in fuel prices is hurting all of us, but with Swezey, you don’t have to worry about fuel runouts and delays, and we may be able to help you if you have trouble paying your bill. Below, we’ll discuss some of the most frequent questions we hear regarding heating oil price fluctuations. Please reach out to us with any questions, or if we can further walk you through these new circumstances and help you find solutions.
A simplified and misinformed solution to the production shortfall that’s regularly offered up by some pundits and politicians in the U.S. is that “we just have to drill for more oil at home.” But that’s ignoring the tea leaves being read by investors, who realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy.
Investors instead are looking to sink their money into long-term, profitable opportunities in the rapidly growing green energy field. By the way, the heating oil industry and local heating oil dealers like us are making excellent progress with making our fuel more dependent on renewable energy, too. Read about our Bioheat® fuel, which is cleaner-burning than traditional heating oil, resulting in reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. The use of Bioheat fuel is an important step in heating oil’s evolution toward achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, Bioheat fuel leaves fewer deposits on your heating system’s parts. This means that your heating-oil boiler or furnace will last longer and is less likely to break down. It will also work more efficiently with the help of Bioheat fuel, which you’ll see reflected in your lower bill. Plus, Bioheat works on regular heating systems—no change is needed!
Another factor influencing oil companies is the memory of the breathtaking fall of crude oil prices during the early days of the pandemic. In the Spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But as quickly as mid-March, crude oil prices had dropped under $100 per barrel again. This was caused by a variety of factors, including the surprise COVID-19 lockdowns in China, small signs of a possible diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, and the biggest drop in four years of “bullish bets” on the market by hedgers. To say that we are currently in the midst of an extremely volatile energy market could be viewed as an understatement.
Russia is the third-largest petroleum and liquid fuels producer in the world, behind only the United States and Saudi Arabia. For that reason, energy prices had been rising in anticipation of the potential sanctions that could be levied on the Russian energy sector if the country invaded Ukraine. Even the hint of a possible disruption in energy supply – the fear factor – can heavily influence the buying and selling done by commodities traders.
When Russia DID invade Ukraine, the U.S. was the first country to place a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products, which amounted to about 7% of U.S. imports in 2020. In comparison, Canada ranked number one with 52% of petroleum imports, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But here’s where the fear factor rears its head again: While Russian oil imported into the US amounts to only a few drops in the barrel, the prospect of Europe eventually joining the U.S. in banning Russian energy imports would leave a big void to fill, and those who make their living in the oil markets don’t like that uncertainty.
We don’t know where things will go from here, but we hope this spike is only temporary. Nothing will make us happier than when prices return to normal. Until then, trust Swezey to look out for you when you become a customer. Together, let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with energy prices—we will be soon living in a more peaceful world, where families can be warm, safe, and together.
As winter (hopefully?) starts to wind down in Suffolk County, it may be tempting to coast to the finish line when it comes to heater maintenance, but it’s not the best idea – and here’s why. A little prevention and early intervention with any end-of-season heater issues can make a big difference for the overall health of your heating system, and its lifespan. Read on to learn more about why protecting your heater even as the colder season wraps up matters.
Your heater needs to be in good shape moving into spring and summer for several reasons we’ll discuss below.
While the old adage, “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today,” may ring hollow sometimes, it holds true for this scenario! Putting off winter heater maintenance – especially if you didn’t have a beginning-of-season tune-up – is only going to cause you headaches down the road. Even if nothing major is wrong with your heater, small problems can only grow while the equipment sits stagnant over the spring and summer. It’s much easier – and cheaper! – to have your heating system evaluated and tuned up now, when technicians should be in their slowest season and can give your heater the attention it deserves.
The only thing about as bad as freezing during a heater breakdown in the winter is sweltering during an air conditioner breakdown in the summer. Believe it or not, some heater problems actually impact your air conditioner as well!
After all, the two systems typically share a thermostat and ductwork, at a minimum. Air filters, dampers, and electrical wiring may also overlap. The bottom line is: if your heater is acting up – or, in the alternative, not acting at all – whatever is going on may spell trouble for your central air conditioning system, too. By having it evaluated by a professional now, you can ensure your air conditioner is ready to go when you need it in a few weeks or months, and that you won’t have to kick off fall with a heating system nightmare.
No matter what type of issues you’re encountering with your heater, reach out to us so we can look it over. From weird furnace noises to crazy energy costs, to a hyperactive or underactive heater, we’ve got you covered. It’s best to address the problem head-on, now—plus, you’ll be ahead of the game come next fall when you’re ready to put your heating system back into full use. Whether your heating system needs a tune-up, a minor service job, or a complicated repair, we get the job done right, so become a customer today.