Smart Touch Energy Blog

A Guide to Propane Furnaces

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 10, 2017 1:38:53 PM

During warm spring days and mild summer nights, people think more about cooling their homes than heating them. But when fall weather turns cold and days pass toward winter, thoughts change to throwing on an extra clothing layer, turning up the thermostat and letting the furnace take over.

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Topics: heating systems, propane

How Your Oil Heating System Works

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 2, 2017 1:16:00 PM

An average of 7% of homes use oil heating to heat their homes and provide hot water for showers and washing. This 7% utilizes around 7 billion gallons of fuel every single year.

If you’re a homeowner with oil heat, you’ll want to get comfortable with your system and understand how your oil heating system works. As will all major home systems, yearly maintenance and knowledge can potentially save you from major repairs and fixes.

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Topics: heating systems

Common Oil Furnace Problems

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 10, 2016 4:30:58 PM

Caring for your oil tank and keeping the furnace well maintained are both essential steps if your oil furnace is going to keep you and your family warm during those long winter nights. Even with regular care, though, there are some common oil furnace problems that can occur.

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Topics: heating systems

Fall Furnace Maintenance

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Sep 14, 2016 12:32:38 PM

Are you ready for autumn? Although you've already packed up your summer clothes and set up your fall decorations, there's still much to do to prepare for the colder temperatures that accompany the season. Even though cold temperatures are right around the corner, many homeowners ignore fall furnace maintenance. In fact, fall furnace maintenance is exceedingly important, because no homeowner wants to be without heat on a chilly autumn night.

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Topics: heating systems

Calibrate Your Thermostat for Greater Accuracy

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

A thermostat is the main point of interface between you and your HVAC system. When your thermostat is accurate, it’s easier to make fine adjustments that will keep your home comfortable and your utility bills low. Like all components of your home HVAC system, thermostats require periodic repairs and maintenance to keep working their best over the long term. Here’s what you need to know to calibrate your thermostat.

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Topics: heating systems, air conditioning

Oil Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do When Your Burner Keeps Tripping the Reset Button

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Aug 8, 2016 2:59:11 PM

Is the reset button on your oil burner constantly tripping? Do you know what to do if it does? Resetting your oil burner is one of the most frequently misunderstood aspects of furnace maintenance in homes that rely on fuel oil. In this article, we’ll attempt to dispel some of the more common myths by providing practical advice that will keep your HVAC system working its best for years to come.

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Topics: heating systems

Why It’s Important to Keep Your Fuel Oil Tank Full

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Aug 2, 2016 8:29:31 AM

According to data from the United States Energy Information Administration, some 6 million American homes rely on fuel oil as their primary source of heat. With the majority of these homes located in the Northeast, knowing how to properly prepare your tank for summer downtime is an important concern. We’ve already gone over in detail the basics of fuel oil tank maintenance— so in this post, we look specifically at why you should keep your tank at least half full at all times.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

Programmable vs. Smart Thermostats: What You Need to Know

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jul 26, 2016 8:30:00 AM

For a long time, thermostats remained one of the simplest components of a home heating system. Many people who live in older buildings still rely on manual thermostats, which allow you to simply dial in the temperature of your choice. While easy to use, this type of thermostat has a number of drawbacks, including its limited accuracy and inability to perform automatic temperature changes.

In recent years, digital thermostats have largely come to replace manual units. Digital thermostats offer greater precision, more programming options and, with the introduction of “smart” technology, the ability to make temperature changes over your home’s Wi-Fi network.

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Topics: heating systems, air conditioning

How Much Heating Oil Will I Use During Winter?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2016 1:14:03 PM

Fuel-oil systems create warm, cozy homes throughout the cold season. Winter may technically be three months on the calendar, but everyone knows the chilly or freezing weather often lasts longer than that, plus it carries with it temperatures and snowfall that vary.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

Heating System Inspection Checklist

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 25, 2016 10:13:32 AM



When it comes time to bring your car in for an inspection, you probably do it without thinking twice. After all, it only makes sense. An inspection ensures your car is still performing at its best capacity, and a service technician can alert you when parts need to be fixed or replaced.

Your home heating system is no different. However, unlike your car, which you most likely use daily, your heating system can sit for months without use. You would not trust a car that has sat for months unattended, so the same should go for your heating system. During those months, many issues could arise. Without an inspection, it has the potential to severely affect the life of your system.

When Should You Have Your System Inspected?

Although there are several different situations that would require your system to be inspected, we will focus on three important ones:

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems, inspection

 

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