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Our Price Cap Program Combats Fuel Cost Changes

A budget plan is a smart idea this year!

fuel payments new yorkThe 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.

Price Cap program 101

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.

Price cap illustrations

To illustrate, consider this example capped price set at $5.399:

  • If retail price increases to $6.299 per gallon, you will pay $5.399
  • Or, if retail price decreases to $4.299 per gallon, you will pay $4.299
  • If the price per gallon does go lower, we can re-evaluate the monthly budget payments.

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.

Swezey Fuel is here for you, despite highs or lows!

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!

Is a Mini-split Right for My Home?

Dependable ductless cooling installations

home cooling optionsCentral 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.

Your ideal alternative to duct installation

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.

Versatility: Will mini-splits work for your home?

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:

  • small homes
  • computer rooms
  • guest houses
  • home studios
  • home offices
  • efficiency apartments

Mini-splits can be your whole-home option

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.

Join the Swezey Fuel family

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.

Service Your Air Conditioner In the Spring!

Get Ready For The Heat.

a/c tune up new yorkIt 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.

Perks of spring air conditioner maintenance

  1. Make the most of your A/C’s lifespan: Spring maintenance is the best way to ensure a minor problem that could have easily been remedied by a technician doesn’t spell the end for your air conditioner this summer.
  2. Increase your energy efficiency to save money on utility bills all year: Just like your car, your home cooling system needs regular maintenance to perform at its best. That’s why we offer air conditioner tune-ups and cooling-system maintenance that can improve the energy use of your unit by up to 10%, with options to suit every budget.
  3. Save big by being proactive: Check out our air conditioning service plan that includes a 15-point, annual tune-up and inspection, a 15% discount on all repairs and diagnostic fees, and Loyalty Credits.
  4. Prevent breakdowns: During your annual tune-up this spring, we’ll monitor your system, cleaning and replacing parts as they age and notifying you when your equipment is due for service. And we’ll do it right the first time, so you won’t have to see us for a repeat visit.
  5. Enjoy upgrade options and savings: We also offer expert air conditioner installation if you want to upgrade and save even more (up to 40% compared with older models). Swezey will get the job done on time, safely and correctly. We have the equipment and the experience to make sure your experience is the best it can be. Whatever your choice, you’ll have options when you join our family of customers.
  6. Explore dependable alternatives to duct installation: 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, and Swezey is a Fujitsu Elite Contractor. To install this system, we simply drill small holes in your walls to run refrigeration lines that connect to an outdoor cooling unit. With Swezey on your side, you can get the cooling benefits of central air without the cost or hassle of adding ducts or another framework. A mini-split system can save you up to 40% on your cooling costs!
  7. Save big with our specials! Ask us for a free estimate. You may even qualify for generous financing. With a down payment of 1/3, qualified buyers can potentially get 18-months of interest-free financing on the purchase of a mini-split unit.

Swezey keeps you cool—and covered— so you can enjoy summer!

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!

Heating Oil Price Fluctuations Explained

Fuel Price Spikes Can Be Scary, But You Can Rely on Swezey

oil prices new yorkYou 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.

Why Is Oil Supply Still Lagging?

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.

Moving in an Eco-friendly Direction Helps You Save

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!

The Market Has a Memory

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’s Role

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.

What Comes Next?

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.

Shocking Spike in Fuel Prices

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.

What’s Coming Next?

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 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

Late Season Heating Repairs to Watch Out For

Wrap up winter with a heater in good shape

hating repair new yorkAs 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.

Fix it now, before you’re stuck with a mess next fall

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.

Heater drama causes air conditioner trauma

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.

Join the Swezey Fuel family

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.

Why Your Bills Are Going Up

Dear Valued Customer,

Once again, we’re seeing energy prices surge across the board. We know how painful that can be for our customers. It’s painful for us, as well.

What’s Going On?

Gasoline has risen more than a dollar more per gallon vs. a year ago. Natural gas prices have skyrocketed more than 150%. Crude oil prices have climbed above $100 per barrel, a level we haven’t seen in seven years.

The cost of electricity has not been spared either. Higher natural gas prices result in price hikes for wholesale electricity because of heavy reliance on natural gas-fired power plants.

What’s more, wholesale propane prices have hit their highest weekly average levels since February 2014. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market.

What We’re Doing

People sometimes misunderstand how negatively all this impacts us, as well. We don’t make more money when prices rise like this; we make less. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk, or oranges rises. It’s not the local grocery that is profiting. (That’s left to the Wall Street investors.) Our customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. We need to tap into our lines of credit more. Our phones light up with questions. So the sooner energy prices drop, the happier we’ll be.

In the meantime, please talk to us about things we can offer to help you reduce your energy costs, or handle payments more easily. And if you are having trouble with your bills, please call us. We can generally work with you if you reach out before you fall behind.

Trust Us to Come Through for You

We’ve been in business for many years and have deep roots in the community. We have secure access to supplies. We are doing everything possible to ensure we can deliver — even if other companies cannot — no matter the cost or difficulty we face.

We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your loyalty. As we’ve done quite a few times in the past, we will get through these tough times by all working together.

Your Water Heater Works Harder in Winter

Increased stress and strain on your water heater this season

water heater service new yorkWhen you think about it, it makes sense that your water heater works harder in the winter, since it’s colder outside and requires more energy to heat the water to your preferred temperature. But what does that mean for you, and for your water heater? Read on to learn more about the special attention your water heater may need during the colder months, and how you can get top-notch energy efficiency no matter how cold it is outside!

Location, location, location

Your water heater works hard all winter in Suffolk County, NY, and this is true for both tank and tankless water heaters. After all, the water is starting off from a colder baseline temperature to begin with. That may seem surprising to some, since water heaters are typically kept indoors, where it’s heated. However, even if your water heater is kept in part of your home that’s considered living space, such as a finished basement, it’s sill cooler down there in the winter than it is in, say, your living room. The same goes for laundry rooms, crawl spaces, closets, attics, or any other tucked-away space your water heater is stored – especially if it’s near an outside-facing wall.

Warm water is in hot demand in the winter

You may not realize it off the bat, but most homes use more hot water in the winter. Why?

  • There’s more laundry to do, since clothes are bulkier and people wear more layers.
  • A warm bath or shower is a favorite way folks like to relax when coming in from the cold.
  • There may be more dishes to wash, if it’s too cold to dine out as often, and families are gathering for the holidays.
  • Guests visiting during holidays or school breaks increase household demand for hot water – especially if they intend on showering or doing laundry.

Protect your water heater with regular maintenance year-round

If you’re happy with your current water heater but want to keep it running like new after the extra strain of winter, Swezey offers expert water-heater repairs and water-heater maintenance, including 24-hour emergency service. For ongoing peace of mind, built-in annual tune-ups and more, you can add your water heater on to any of our gold or platinum heating service plans.

From electric and gas to tankless models, Swezey has the right water heater for you

If you’re ready to upgrade your water heater and reap the benefits of increased cost-saving efficiency, our highly-trained staff will help find the right water heater for your needs and your budget, so contact us today. Some Suffolk County, NY families prefer modern, cutting-edge solutions, while others prefer a more conventional unit with a storage tank. Swezey Fuel carries a range of options. The right water heater will save you money and reduce environmental emissions while keeping the warm water flowing.

Become a customer today, and our experts will get you all set for this season, and next.

5 Tips to Save on Heating Oil This Winter

Stay Warm While Saving on Your Energy Bills

heating efficiency long islandYou save on heating oil when you use less. The good news is that it is easy to reduce your heating oil usage in Suffolk County and stretch your heating dollars with a few simple tweaks around your home. Below, we will discuss some of the changes you can add to your maintenance routine that can help cut heating expenses.

Be Smart about Heating Oil Savings!

Heating oil is already a pretty energy-efficient choice, but you can reduce your energy bills without sacrificing any warmth or comfort in your home by:

  • Checking your windows. Windows let the beauty of the outdoors in – and sometimes the cold outdoor air, too. To keep heat from escaping and frigid temps from sneaking inside, invest in some quality window coverings. You don’t have to keep the drapes closed all day, but even drawing them when you leave home, or at night when you’re asleep, can cut down heating loss.
  • Changing your filters. An obstructed filter requires more energy for the warm air to pass through it. By providing your heating system with a clean filter, it will have less wear and tear, and need less energy to produce the same amount of heat.
  • Keeping up with maintenance. Neglecting your heating system maintenance can lead to energy loss over time, reducing your heater’s efficiency. Regular maintenance can catch any minor problems as they develop, so that issues can be remedied before they get worse. A well-maintained heater needs less heating oil to work at its best capacity.
  • Taking advantage of Bioheat® fuel. If you’re a Swezey Fuel customer, you’re getting cleaner-burning Bioheat fuel delivered to your home. 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.
  • Working with a heating oil provider you trust. Heating oil providers are not all created equal. A reputable full-service company that has been around a long time will be able to offer competitive rates on heating oil, and keep those rates fair over the long term. “Discount” heating oil providers may sometimes offer bottom barrel prices to entice customers, but they aren’t able to keep up with those rates, because they don’t have established reputations and connections in the heating oil industry.

Get to know the Swezey difference firsthand!

At Swezey, we know what’s important to you as a 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 our affordable rates onto you.

Contact us with your questions and we can help satisfy your heating and cooling needs. Whether you’re new to Suffolk County or looking for a new heating oil supplier, we’re here for your home comfort. We’d love to welcome you to the Swezey Fuel family!

Winterizing Your Home Before Vacation

Do Your Home – and Yourself – A Favor

house prep before trip new yorkWe all know what happens when water freezes – it expands. And guess what isn’t meant to expand? That’s right – your plumbing. The last thing you want to welcome you home to New York after vacation is a flooded house and a burst pipe. Fortunately, this nightmare is avoidable with a few proactive winterization tweaks.

Make the Most of the Warmth You Have in Your Home

You likely already have insulation in your house, but if you are about to leave town during the colder months, it’s a good time to beef-up your insulation, especially around your exposed pipes. Simple upgrades like wrapping your pipes, insulating the plumbing along any outside-facing walls, or adding additional insulation throughout your home, can make all the difference.

Likewise, you’ll want to prevent cold air from sneaking inside and warm air from escaping while you’re gone. Replace worn weather stripping, seal gaps or cracks with caulk, close your draftiest vents, and cover your windows with high-quality drapes or blinds.

Whether On or Off, Make Sure Your Pipes and Faucets Aren’t Letting Water Pool

Some experts recommend turning all your water off, while others advise that you should let your faucets drip while you’re gone. The rationale is the same for both tips: the bottom line is, you don’t water hanging out, stagnant, in your pipes. Letting the water flow, even at a drip, can keep the pipes warm, since flowing water is less likely to freeze.

Of course, if there isn’t any water in the pipes, there’s nothing to freeze, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Even though your water is turned off, there’s no guarantee that some water won’t be left behind, or sneak in one way or another – it happens. For this reason, it’s a good idea to turn the faucets to ON, so that any water that does enter the pipes will flow out, instead of pooling. Be sure to turn the water off outside, though – especially if you have a hose spigot attached to your indoor plumbing.

Don’t Turn Your Thermostat Off

It makes total sense to turn your heat down to save money on energy expenses while you’re out of town. After all, you won’t be around to enjoy the warm comfort of home. But don’t go overboard by shutting of your heat off altogether. Even if your home is set at a low temperature that’s not quite freezing, your pipes could still freeze, especially if there is snow or ice on the ground outside, or if you have areas of your home that are less insulated, such as an unfinished basement.

There’s a big gray area between “warm and toasty” and “could freeze a popsicle,” so choose a modest temp, and you’ll still save on your energy bill.

Take the Timeframe of Your Trip into Account

Most vacations are only a week or two, but if you’ll be traveling all season during the colder months, you may want a longer-term approach to winterizing. Some examples of trips that may require more thorough winterization include:

  • Visiting family overseas for several weeks or months
  • Traveling under conditions where your return date is uncertain, such as when travel documents need to be renewed, or a family member is ill and is expected to pass away,
  • Business travel that includes a long-term stay with temporary housing
  • Attending an education, training or certification course that requires many weeks of in-person coursework
  • Military deployment

High-Level Winterization Methods

Planning for a long stretch away from home can include more ambitious winterizing techniques, like pouring antifreeze in your drains and sinks, turning the water off, and draining water from toilets, water heaters and other appliances that hold water. Such heavy-duty winterizing can be more complicated, but don’t worry. Contact us and our professional energy and plumbing experts are here and ready to help.

Relax and Enjoy your Trip with Confidence

You can become a customer today. Our Swezey plumbing experts are standing by to walk you through the winterization process, or help you select which winterizing methods work well with the heating system in your Suffolk County, NY home.