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How to Sanitize Your HVAC System and Prevent the Spread of Germs at Home

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Sep 2, 2020 4:22:56 PM

Everyone wants to be healthy and keep their family healthy. However, not everyone realizes the risk that HVAC-borne germs can pose for their loved ones. Efforts to combat HVAC germs in hospitals have drawn media attention because antibiotic-resistant germs have begun to appear in the air in hospitals and because hospitals are designed to house people who are sick and thus contagious.

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Topics: air filteration, air conditioning

7 Step Fall Oil Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Aug 20, 2020 12:37:24 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

How to Get Rid of a Heating Oil Spill Smell

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 8, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Millions of American homes rely on heating oil to keep them warm during colder months. Heating oil, also known as fuel oil No. 2, has a distinct oil smell, but in most cases, it is well-contained. That means you typically won't notice the smell at all, or will only catch a faint whiff just after getting your tank refilled. When you note a strong oil odor, it is probably due to a more severe issue such as a spill. 

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Topics: heating oil

Route Heating Oil Delivery Takes to Reach Residence

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 1, 2020 11:17:02 AM

As winter comes to an end and we start moving into the warmer spring months, most people aren't thinking about their heating oil levels or when they need to place an order to replenish the supply the used during the cold winter months. Today, companies transport more than 3.2 billion gallons of heating oil to homes in the Northeast every single year.  Where does all that heating oil come from and how does it get to your house?

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Topics: heating oil

What Temperature Should Your Heat Be Set At?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 25, 2020 9:58:43 AM

Winter energy bills can send us running for cover. Specifically blanket covers, because it's cold and because we want to hide from the number on our statement.

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Why You Should Service Your Oil Furnace Every Year

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 24, 2019 4:23:00 PM

For many homes in the United States, an oil furnace is the preferred source of heat. As a natural source of warmth, an oil furnace can provide well-distributed warmth throughout all the rooms in a house. For the furnace to work when you need it most, you must have it serviced at least once per year. The following reasons best summarize the importance of furnace maintenance.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems, inspection

How to Check Oil Levels Manually and Fix an Oil Tank Gauge

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 17, 2019 4:00:21 PM

As the weather gets colder, your home must have plenty of heating oil in the oil tank.  The best way to avoid running dangerously low on heating oil is to monitor the level in your tank regularly. You can do this by consulting your oil tank gauge and conducting manual inspections of your oil level with a gauge stick.

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Topics: heating oil, oil tanks

Why You Should Care About Degree Days

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 11, 2019 9:34:00 AM

No one enjoys paying higher home heating bills during an unusually cold winter or spending the extra money on increased electric bills due to the hot summer months. As expensive as monthly energy costs are for homeowners, however, they generally represent a more significant expenditure for businesses with large facilities.

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Topics: energy tips

Prepare Your Propane Home For Winter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 30, 2019 4:31:26 PM

A propane-powered home can be very energy efficient during winter. Compared to other heating options, propane generally heats homes faster with less fuel consumption. Preparing your propane tank and home for the winter can help you take advantage of the savings and fuel efficiency of propane.

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Topics: heating systems, propane

How to Heat a Home Efficiently With Propane

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 15, 2019 4:36:28 PM

Propane is an energy-efficient fuel that serves as an alternative to regular gas in homes throughout the United States. While some homes come with propane tanks, it's also possible to retrofit regular tanks to accommodate propane fuel. If propane is your fuel of choice, you can lower your household heating costs by stocking up on propane in the summer months, when demand is low and the fuel is typically available at discount prices.

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Topics: propane

 

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