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Oil Tank Replacement: What You Need to Know

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Many Northeastern homeowners choose oil tanks for an affordable, long-term heating solution. While the low maintenance and simple design of oil tanks generally provide longevity, a replacement will be necessary once the tank approaches its life expectancy. Without annual maintenance, oil tank replacements may be required even sooner than anticipated.

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Topics: oil tanks

Best Location to Install a New Heat Oil Tank

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2021 3:20:01 PM

You rely on your heating oil tank to store the oil you need to keep you warm all winter long. Winters in the Northeastern United States can be bitter, so having enough oil on hand is paramount to your family's comfort. Thoughts of your oil tank may slip your mind throughout the year, but if you run out of oil or the tank malfunctions, it suddenly becomes a prevalent issue. 

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Topics: oil, oil tanks

Wi-Fi Thermostats for Oil Heat

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2021 3:17:24 PM

When the cold winter months of the Northeastern United States arrive, proper heating is essential. You rely on your oil heater to keep you comfortable and warm, but how often do you think about your thermostat? If you have an old-school dial thermostat, it may be time for an upgrade. 

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Topics: heating oil, oil

What to Do If Your Oil Tank Is Leaking

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Feb 25, 2021 2:52:24 PM

As a homeowner, you face many potential problems. Fire, wind damage, floods and even earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes affect property in some parts of the United States. But one area many homeowners don’t consider is the problem of an oil tank leak. Depending on whether your oil tank is located inside or outside, the size of the leak and how long it’s been taking place, there is the potential not only for dramatic pollution problems, but some serious costs as well.

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Topics: oil tanks

What is Number 2 Heating Oil? | Smart Touch Energy

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Feb 8, 2021 12:13:15 PM

Heating your home is essential during the colder months — especially in the Northeastern United States, where winter can change from mild to tumultuous overnight. When cold weather approaches, ensure you are ready to keep your family warm with an adequate supply of home heating oil. To prepare, learn more about the different types of heating oils and what they're used for. Take a closer look at the difference between diesel fuel and No. 2 fuel oil, since they have the biggest impact on your needs for heating your home this winter.

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Topics: heating systems

How to Remove Sludge and Clean a Heating Oil Tank

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 22, 2020 2:24:38 PM

Heating oil tanks accumulate thick, gel-like sediment, also known as sludge, over time. Every few years, as the sludge begins to grow, you might find yourself unsure of what to do. Is it a big problem? Do you need to clean it? Is it so bad that your tank needs replacement? Don't let heating oil sludge cause you stress this winter. Be proactive by cleaning your tank or calling in a professional to take that sludge off your hands.

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Topics: heating oil

Changing Your Heating Oil Filter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 11, 2020 11:22:09 AM

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Heating is a significant undertaking in most homes. Heating costs more and consumes more energy than any other household system, generally accounting for around 42% of a home's utility bill. You need your system to run efficiently to give you the most value for your investment. 

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Homes Heated by Oil

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 26, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Your home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs regular maintenance all year long. When you keep up with your air conditioner and furnace, you can save money on your utility costs and have a more reliable unit. This guide will explain the importance of annual HVAC maintenance and help you develop a plan for how to take care of your heating and cooling appliances each season.

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Topics: heating systems, air conditioning, fall fun

Help Your HVAC System Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 6, 2020 1:46:51 PM

The air inside your home could be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors due to dust, pet dander, cleaning products and bacteria. Low indoor air quality (IAQ) can worsen allergies and upper respiratory conditions, and a moist environment can keep mold and bacteria in your living space, increasing your potential for getting sick. Since you spend a lot of time at home, it is beneficial to consider ways to improve the air you and your family inhale each day — and one way is with the help of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

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Topics: heating systems

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

 

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