In our last blog, we gave you a few suggestions to help make your home stay warm during winter. In this entry, we have a few more tips that we know will be easy to put into practice. While each of these might not make a …Read More
In the Binghamton, NY area we have 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction….
All kidding aside, New York State is admired for many things– but for most of us the cold weather is hardly one of them. Even if you are a fan of the snow, it’s hard to beat feeling warm and cozy in your own home.
Let Blueox Energy give you that warm and fuzzy feeling by keeping your house, mobile home, or small business at a comfortable temperature every day. We can help with sales and installation of a heating system, including furnaces, boilers, direct vent heaters, heat pumps and water heaters. We provide 24/7 emergency service in case of an issue, as well as maintenance plans to reduce your risk of unexpected costly repairs down the road. (Click here to sign up as a new customer!)
More importantly, we also provide timely delivery of your homes heating fuels including fuel oil, kerosene, propane or natural gas so you can simplify your life by dealing with the same company to handle all of your heating and cooling needs. Blueox provides heating services from the Binghamton NY area up to Madison County and everything in between.
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To keep your home (or small business) warm and comfortable year round: call Blueox Energy Services at (888) 287-9691
Make Sure Your Home Has Heat This Winter
At Blueox Energy in Oxford, we know know how important it is to make sure that your house is ready for the winter. The temperatures can drop quickly and stay low for days or weeks at a time. Your heater has to be able to handle that kind of workload or you and your family might find yourself wrapped in blankets to keep the cold at bay.
In the sections below, we will cover just a few of the reasons you need to ensure your heater is operating properly before winter hits. We’ll include a few tips, as well as information about how the heating and cooling experts at Blueox can help you maintain a cozy, comfortable home over the coming months. When you need heater maintenance or a new heater, contact us today. Not only do we provide a wide range of fuel products (kerosene, fuel oil, and diesel), we also sell, install, and fix a wide range of heaters and furnaces. Our HVAC techs undergo extensive training to keep them on the cutting edge of heating technology. This means that when you have a problem, we’ll be there to quickly diagnose and fix the problem.
A Busted Furnace Can Lead to Busted Pipes
While there are plenty of places in the US where winters are mild and snowless, we all know that that just isn’t the case here in the Oxford area. While it can be hard to imagine a holiday season without snow, we all get to that point in the middle of the winter where we’ve just had enough of the cold temperatures and icy conditions. Sometimes, even your house can reach a point where it can’t handle the weather any longer. If you have an older furnace or heater that just isn’t outputting the warm air like it used to, your home can suffer the consequences. While we like to think that we’re prepared for everything, a pipe can burst with seemingly no warning and can leave you stuck dealing with disastrous consequences.
A pipe freezes when it wasn’t protected adequately enough by insulation or by the ambient heat in your home. While water lines that feed outdoor spigots are the most likely pipes to burst (thanks to their proximity to Mother Nature), the pipes that bring water to and take water away from your bathrooms and kitchen are not safe. Thanks to extreme temperature drops and prolonged periods of cold, any pipe can burst. The aftermath is rarely pleasant: you may not be able to shower, you may not have access to clean drinking water, or you might have to deal with a broken wastewater or sewage pipe.
The best way to keep your pipes in good shape is to check them at the end of every summer. If, over the year, the insulation you used to keep the pipes protected has been damaged, replacing it at the end of the warm season means you won’t have to worry about it once the temperature drops. It isn’t a bad idea to check them at the end of winter, either. While a pipe might not have burst this season, it is possible that they did incur some damage from freezing and unfreezing.
As we mentioned earlier, keeping your heater working as efficiently and effectively as possible is another great way to keep your pipes healthy. If your furnace or heater hasn’t been serviced in recent memory or if it seems likes it doesn’t work as well as it used to, give us a call at Blueox Energy. We can send a skilled HVAC tech to your home to service or repair it!
A Lack of Heat Can Cause Health Problems
While you have to have been exposed to wintertime viruses like the flu or a cold in order to get them, spending too much time in a cold house can cause or exacerbate other health problems. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that comes on during seasonal changes. While it is possible to have summer SAD, the most common form of SAD is found during the winter. Doctors believe that SAD is caused by a combination of factors, including a disruption of your circadian rhythm, a decrease in serotonin, and a disruption of melatonin levels. Like other types of depression, SAD can use the environment against you. If your home doesn’t have consistent working heat, you might feel angry or sad about it. If you already have to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder, another factor (like a broken furnace) can cause you to sink even deeper into a depression.
While the consequences of SAD can be troublesome, there are other health problems that can deepen in severity during cold months. If you or a family member is older, circulation problems can be the beginning of severe issues. People who have broken or poorly functioning heaters have been known to suffer from frostbite while in their own homes. A broken heater also leaves you at risk of hypothermia, especially if you’re older.
Don’t run the risk of having to deal with a heatless night — contact us at Blueox Energy in Oxford. Our HVAC experts are ready to help take care of any problems that your furnace may be experiencing. Whether you need to schedule a seasonal service, a system tune-up, or you need to find out what your options are for replacing a broken or ineffective heater, we can help.
Blueox has long been your trusted energy company because we have proven time and time again that we offer the most reliable services, the best prices, and the most friendly staff. We stand behind the services we provide and the products we sell because we hold ourselves to the highest standards possible. Whether you need a fast, reliable delivery of fuel oil, propane, or kerosene, or you need to fill up your car or truck with high-quality gasoline or diesel, you can always count on Blueox to be there, ready and happy to help! We also offer some of the best volume and customer referral discounts around, so be sure to let your friends and family know who they can count on when it really matters.
Why Ductless Heating Could Be Perfect for Your Home
Finding the right heater for your home can be a tough choice. If you already have a central air system, just replacing the furnace might be a good option, but there are great, energy-efficient alternatives, including ductless heating. Ductless units take up much less space than traditional heaters and furnaces, and they provide much more heat (much more safely) than space heaters.
Read on to learn if ductless heating is a good choice for you, then call us at Blueox Energy in Oxford to talk to a heating expert! Blueox has long been the area’s premier provider of everything that you need to keep your home warm and comfortable. From home heating oil delivery to HVAC service, sales, and repairs, we are here to make your winter less cold.
Ductless Heating is Perfect for Remodels and Additions
If you added a room to your house or you remodeled and changed the layout of your home, your central air system may not work as well as it once did. Even if the room you added was small, if your heater was only rated to provide enough heat to square footage that your home was before the addition, it won’t be able to heat the additional space. However, this doesn’t mean that the new room will be ice cold. In fact, rooms that used to be toasty and cozy might end up being chillier than you like. Ductless heating can be used in areas of your home that aren’t as warm as they used to be, and it is the perfect choice for new rooms that don’t have ductwork!
Ductless Heating Can Be Great for Individual Rooms
Even the best furnaces aren’t perfect. If there is a room or two in your home that isn’t as warm as you’d like it to be, a ductless heating system can get the temperature right and help cut down on the energy your other furnace uses! A furnace that isn’t working overtime will run more efficiently and break down less, too!
Heat Your Workshop or Garage With Ductless Heating
You don’t have to stop working on your project car or other hobby just because the cold fall and winter months are here. Instead of waiting for temperatures to rise on their own, install ductless heating in your garage or outbuildings for a comfortable working environment all year round! In addition to the excellent warmth ductless heaters provide, they are much safer to use in smaller spaces than space heaters or wood-burning stoves. This is especially important if your hobbies involve anything flammable, including motor oil or sawdust.
The HVAC and energy experts at Blueox Energy are here and ready to help you find the new ductless heater that will make your home comfortable! Call us today to learn about the advantages of these kinds of heaters, prices, or any other information you need to make a decision about heating your home this winter. If you want to learn more about our home heating oil and kerosene delivery services, as well as the most up-to-date prices, we can help you with that, too!
Three Ways to Make Sure Your Furnace is Ready for Winter
When the weather takes a turn for the downright frigid, the last thing you want to deal with is a heater that doesn’t work. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take before winter sets in that will keep your heater happy and your home comfortable. Below are several tips that will keep your heater working during the coldest months of the year.
If you need an experienced HVAC technician to come to your home to get your heater or air conditioning unit to work, call us at Blueox Energy. We have long been the Oxford area’s heating and energy experts. All of our techs have the experience and knowledge to quickly and accurately diagnose and fix problems.
Do Your Prep Work
Before you even think about checking your heater, there are a few simple steps you should take to make sure your heater is ready to be turned on. These steps will only take a few minutes and they can make the entire process much easier.
- Change your air filter. You should change your air filter as often as the manufacturer recommends, or more often if you have pets or allergies. While you might think that summertime is more likely to lead to a denser concentration of allergens, because we spend so much time indoors during the winter, it can be just as bad, if not worse.
- Make sure your vents are clear. It’s easy for hair, dust, and debris to get into your vents, so check them before you start. Cleaning them can increase heater efficiency. Pull furniture away from the vents, too.
Check Your Heater Before it Gets Cold
The start of autumn is a great time to test your heater. Simply turn it on one night and make sure it works.
The following can be causes for concern:
- Loud banging noises. While it is normal to hear some clicks and whirs, sustained banging sounds are bad news.
- The heater runs constantly. This could be a sign related to one or more issues.
- The temperature doesn’t increase
- Bad odor. If it smells like smoke or your heat source, this is bad news.
If you experience any of these, turn the heater off right away and give us a call!
Call a Heating Expert
If your heater is not working the way it should, call in an expert.
The HVAC technicians at Blueox Energy can:
- Perform routine maintenance
- Repair and replace heaters or parts
- Service your furnace to keep it running efficiently
Contact Blueox Energy in Oxford to speak with one of our energy experts about heater repairs, services, and home heating oil deliveries! We’re dedicated to providing our customers with the most options when it comes to how to heat and cool their homes. Whether you need a yearly service, a repair, or a brand new heater, get in touch with us today. We can help you with what you need in a way that works with your budget.
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A Few Tips to Keep Your Heater Working
You never realize just how important your heater is until it stops working. Even if it was pumping out nice warm air yesterday, that doesn’t mean it can’t fail at any time. That is why it is best to be prepared.
At Blueox Energy in Oxford, we’re always here to help you keep your home or business warm and comfortable. If you need furnace repairs or a new heating system, call us! Below are a few tips to keep your heater in great shape during the winter.
Use Other Sources of Heat
The modern heater is an incredible piece of engineering, but it isn’t always the best way to stay warm. If you are a little chillier than usual (even without having changed the thermostat):
- Put on warmer clothes. You might be surprised to see how quickly you can get comfortable by putting on some warmer socks or a sweater. Turning your thermostat up uses more energy and can quickly make you warmer than you wanted to be.
- Curl up next to the fireplace. If you have a fireplace or a wood burning stove, try to use it to help supplement the work that your heater is doing. This is an especially good idea if you have an older heater or furnace.
- Open the blinds during the day. By letting the sunshine in, you will save money on your heating bills and come home to a nice, comfortable home. This works at your business, too!
Any of these will help you save money, reduce wear on your furnace, and stay comfortable!
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will keep you more comfortable and save you money!
- Turn the heat down when you aren’t at home. There is no point in warming a house if no one is there to enjoy it. You can program your thermostat a few degrees lower for the hours of the day when no one is home and watch your energy bills drop every month.
- Create comfort ranges so your heater spends less time working. A comfort range is pretty simple — you set the heater to turn on once the temperature drops to a certain level, and not come back on until it has dropped all the way back down.
Schedule Regular Heater Maintenance
Regular maintenance, including seasonal service calls, will help your heater run better and makes it easier to see any problems that might arise before they leave you without heat in the middle of the night. At Blueox, we offer a number of maintenance plans that make caring for your heater as simple as possible. We can set up seasonal visits to perform system checks and we are available for more serious repairs.
When you need your heater serviced or you need a new furnace or home heating oil, call us at Blueox Energy! We’re committed to providing you with everything you need to keep your Oxford-area home comfortable, from kerosene and home heating oil, to the best HVAC service and sales available.
Protect Your Family From Indoor Allergens This Winter
While we tend to think of spring as the season most full of allergens, winter can be just as bad in different ways. To protect your family from winter allergens, follow the steps below. If you know that your heater, furnace, or vents need to be inspected, repaired, serviced, or replaced before winter hits, call Blueox Energy in Oxford today. Our highly trained HVAC experts can quickly and thoroughly inspect your HVAC system and make recommendations for ways to improve the heat in your home.
This section is full of some important tips and tricks for maintaining a more comfortable, less itchy, and less allergy muddled home this winter. No one enjoys dealing with allergies and we want to help you avoid them as much as possible.
Change Your Air Filter
Your air filter is designed to catch human hair, pet hair, dander, dust, and allergens that are in the air. If your filter is old or has become too full, these irritants and allergens stay in the air. Over time, they will build up and can even start to irritate people who don’t have allergies. Changing your air filter at least once every six months is a good idea. In the winter, you might want to change it more often. Check with your owner’s manual for your heating system to see what they recommend. If you have more than one pet or someone in your home is especially sensitive to dander or dust, more frequent replacement is a good idea. Check your filter options, too. Many companies make filters that work better for certain kinds of irritants.
Clean Your Vents
Your vents are designed to carry warm air throughout your house, but they can also allow allergens to contaminate your air. If your vents have not been cleaned, you could be dealing with a surplus of dust, hair, and other irritants. Cleaning your vents can stop the spread of these allergens while also helping your heating system work more efficiently. If you don’t remember the last time you cleaned your vents, it is probably a good time to take care of that.
Keep Your House Clean
During the colder months, we spend more time indoors. More time inside means more dust and hair. Take the time to clean your home regularly during the winter. Here are a few rooms and items to keep clean while it’s chilly out:
- Living room
Make sure to dust and vacuum even more frequently than you do in spring and summer to prevent allergens from affecting your family. The cleaner you keep your home, the smaller the chance of annoying indoor allergens bothering you and your loved ones.
Blueox Energy is here to service, repair, and install new heaters or furnaces in your home. As Oxford’s trusted energy company for many years, we understand how important it is to offer our customers as much value as possible. We will always do our best to ensure that we create an ideal environment for you and your family.