Your comfort systems cannot run indefinitely without intervention. In fact, they rely on a detailed balance of efficiency and proper maintenance. Whether you are having difficulty heating or cooling your home, the problem may not be the system; it may be lack of maintenance. You can protect your home’s comfort levels as well as your overall comfort system investment just by performing comprehensive maintenance checks.

Why Preventative Maintenance is Important
You should never wait for your system to stop working before you decide to call in the professionals. Certified technicians can perform periodic maintenance (also known as tune-ups) on your heating and cooling equipment. Just like your car, your HVAC systems need maintenance to perform at their best. The technicians at Bi-County Fuels can help restore your air conditioner, boiler and furnace to peak operating condition with our periodic maintenance checks. Just some benefits of doing so include:

  1. More Energy Efficiency and Overall Operations – A system that is well-tuned and maintained will use less energy to achieve the same level of comfort inside. It will also produce cleaner heat and cooled air, which means fewer emissions.
  2. No More Wasted Money – Energy costs are continuing to rise, and if your system is operating inefficiently, you could be paying more than necessary. With proper tuning, you can reduce the amount of energy your system requires to heat or cool, which saves you money year-round.
  3. Less Repairs – A unit that is not well-cared for will breakdown and it is hard to predict when. If it does, you could end up spending more in repair costs than if you had regularly maintained your unit.
  4. Improved Reliability – When a skilled technician maintains your equipment, they can spot any potential issues that would cause system failures later on. They can replace these parts as part of the service contract and ensure a trouble-free heating or cooling season.
  5. Warranty – Most manufacturer warranties require professional, routine maintenance. When you fail to perform this requested maintenance, you could void your warranty, which means you will be responsible for covering repair costs.

Bi-County Fuels Offers a Large Variety of Service Plans
At Bi-County Fuels Inc, we have three levels of service maintenance contracts to choose from that include annual heating tune-ups, safety checks, comprehensive services and even parts. Depending on the plan you select, you could enjoy worry-free, affordable maintenance and repairs year-round.

Learn more about our Maintenance Service Plans or contact Bi-County Fuels online or by calling 215-822-0515.

You have upgraded your home’s heating and cooling systems, but how much thought have you put into the thermostat? Thermostats are surprisingly beneficial and depending on the model you choose, they could add not just convenience, but also significant energy savings.

Do You Really Need All the Bells and Whistles?
If you are the type that follows technology trends, you may have noticed the increasing use of smart thermostats. These can be controlled by your phone, tablet, computer, etc. They are also often tied into your home’s automation or security system for added convenience. While they are helpful, they are not necessary for maximizing the efficiency of your home’s comfort systems. In fact, some of the best thermostats are those that come without all the fancy technology.

Introducing the PRO Series from Honeywell
Honeywell is the leader in comfort systems as well as thermostats. While they have dozens to choose from, some of the best come from their PRO series. The FocusPRO programmable thermostats, such as the FocusPRO 6000, are models you can only get from the professionals and bring plenty of benefits:

  • Easy to see backlit digital display. This backlit display offers better visibility in various lighting conditions. It can also come in a smaller screen size, if you have limited wall space or want something less cumbersome on your wall.
  • Wireless installation for added convenience. Instead of worrying about holes in your wall or finding the right wiring, the Honeywell FocusPRO 6000 can be placed anywhere without cuts or running wires.
  • Accurate temperature control. You can deliver the most consistent comfort with precision accuracy, ensuring your comfort systems do not run more or less than they need to.
  • Programmability for energy savings. You can take advantage of program options and temperature settings to control just how much energy and fuel your home’s comfort systems use each day.
  • Easy battery access and replacement. Instead of having to get in behind the unit, this model comes with a flip-out door for faster, easier battery replacement. Warranty – With the PRO series from Honeywell, you get a five-year warranty on your control panel.

If you are ready to upgrade your home’s comfort, contact Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today. We have the FocusPRO series in stock, including the FocusPRO 6000. With installation and product, you could upgrade your home’s convenience and efficiency for about $220.

If you are ready to change your thermostat, call Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today at 215-822-0515 or click here to contact us online…

Home heating oil is important to the overall comfort of your home, but it’s probably not on the top of your to-do list when thinking about home improvements and savings for your home. While you may think you are saving a tremendous amount of money by shopping for the lowest price, you may be missing out on numerous advantages that come with using a full-service dealer.

What is a Full-Service Dealer?
Unlike a delivery service, a full-service dealer is there to provide you with automatic fuel delivery, price protections, and even service appointments. They offer you a variety of services as part of your full-service package price and even combine those fuel deliveries with home heating and cooling services. Essentially, this will be a one-stop provider for your home’s heating and cooling needs.

Benefits of Using a Full-Service Fuel Oil Dealer
There are numerous reasons more homeowners are turning to the convenience of a full-service dealer, including:

  • Service – A full-service company like Bi-County Fuels provides you with automatic fuel deliveries based on a schedule, so you never run out of fuel. As part of your service package, you get 24/7 service for your home’s heating and fuel delivery systems.
  • Cost Savings – The biggest advantage of a full-service dealer is their price protection plan. With fluctuating oil prices, you can rest assured that you will pay the same price for your fuel during your contract period regardless of how high oil prices go. Services like Bi-County Fuels will also offer budget-friendly plans and convenient billing, so that acquiring and paying for your oil is as simple as possible.
  • Storage – When you work with our full-service dealership, we have the required amount of oil on hand at all times, which means that you will have access to a guaranteed supply. In the winter, this is important; especially since some oil suppliers can run out during peak demand seasons. We have on-site storage, so we can also treat our own oil to ensure maximum quality.
  • Stability – When you bounce around from fuel oil service to fuel oil service, you don’t work with the same technicians or office personnel. By signing up for our full-service delivery, you will deal with the same company, have access to certified service technicians, and enjoy peace-of-mind in recognizing the people who are working for you.

Full-service fuel oil delivery is the best way to guarantee you have stable pricing and access to fuel for your home. If you are ready to try a full-service delivery program, call Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today at 215-822-0515 or contact us online.

There are many types of “smart” thermostats available on the market today, but you may be wondering if they are truly worth the hype and the price. While they are programmable, so is your outdated thermostat. However, there is more to a smart thermostat than simply clever programming. So if you have been avoiding an upgrade, you may want to consider what a smart thermostat really does before you discount its value.

What is a Smart Thermostat?
Smart thermostats are not just trendy; they are amazing tools that help monitor, control and even lower your energy costs. By having one installed, you are in control of your temperature not just while you are home, but even when you are miles away. Also, the programmability of a smart thermostat goes well beyond what a traditional thermostat can do.

Benefits of Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat offers your home more than just savings, it can:

  • Be Controlled via Smartphone – You have left the house for vacation, but you forgot to change the thermostat. Luckily, with a smart thermostat you can access your home’s temperature controls from your smartphone.
  • Control Your Home’s Humidity Levels – Today’s thermostats do not focus only on temperature; they focus on overall comfort. You can control the humidity levels inside your home as well; so even if it is hot and stuffy outside, you are cool and dry inside.
  • Notify You of Changes – Some models of smart thermostats will notify you of extreme temperature changes inside your home or alert you to upcoming filter changes.
  • Use Geofencing and Adjust Temperature as Needed – Certain models of thermostats can use your smartphone’s location to automatically adjust the temperature while you are away and then return it to a comfortable temperature once you are within close proximity of your residence. This will save you money and ensure your home is always comfortable.

Updating to the latest smart thermostat control products can help you save energy and costs, while adding a whole new level of convenience. Bi-County Fuels, Inc. has access to the latest thermostat technology, including the Lyric Thermostat, so that you can take advantage of mobile access and energy savings.

Contact us online or call Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today at 215-822-0515.  We can help you find the right smart thermostat based on your needs and your budget!

Most homeowners do not think twice about the air they breathe inside their home. After all, if the house is kept tightly sealed, then impurities cannot make it inside, right? Wrong! If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may be surprised at what you are breathing inside your home. Your indoor air may actually be causing your overall wellness to be negatively impacted. A whole-home air purification system helps you breathe easier and can stop the circulation of polluted particles. It can also help prevent the development of mold and bacteria inside your home.

Why Add a Whole-Home Air Purification System to Your Home?
A whole-home air purification system is more affordable today than it was a few years ago, and the technology has improved immensely. If you are not sure whether or not an air purification system is right for your home, here are some points to consider:

  • You may experience fewer health problems. The biggest benefit of a whole-home air purifier is your health. By using one, you remove allergens in the air that can aggravate allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems. Also, contaminants, mold and even bacteria will not be spread through your home’s HVAC system.
  • You can improve your HVAC system’s performance. Filtration actually improves the performance of your home’s HVAC. That is because your filter will not get dirty as quickly nor inhibit air flow into the home.
  • You can eliminate odors inside your home. Annoying and lingering odors can be removed with an air purification system. From musty smells associated with moisture to pets and cooking odors, you may be surprised at how clean the inside of your house smells after the new system is installed.
  • You can decrease HVAC maintenance. By having a clean filter, you not only improve performance, but you will reduce the frequency of how often you need to clean and/or replace your HVAC filter. Great savings to look forward to!

Whole-home air purification systems do not just benefit individuals suffering from allergies or respiratory diseases; they benefit your entire family. With the right system installed in your home, you and your loved ones can enjoy clean, fresh air every day.

Call the team at Bi-County Energy today at 215-822-0515 or contact us online. We can help you find the right whole-home air purification system to suit your needs and your budget.

Appliances have made considerable energy-saving leaps over the past few years, so it is no wonder that more homeowners are thinking about replacing the ones they have. By upgrading, you could significantly reduce how much energy you use each month, which translates into big savings each year.

Which Appliances Should You Replace?
Deciding which appliances you should replace can be challenging. All appliance manufacturers try to reel you in with the promise of big savings. In reality, there are some that are more important and worth the effort to replace than others. Some of the appliances you should add to the top of your list include:

  • Air Conditioners – Central and room air conditioners consume a lot of energy in the summer. However, more energy-efficient models offer a higher EER rating (energy-efficiency ratio). Newer units feature an EER of 10, while older units have 7 and lower. If your air conditioner is 20 years or older, you may want to opt for a timely upgrade.
  • Kitchen Appliances – New, energy-efficient dishwashers use fewer gallons of water per cycle and use less energy to generate heat. Newer refrigerators use 40 to 60 percent less energy than previous models. Side-by-side units are not as energy-efficient as those with the freezer on the top or bottom.
  • Laundry Room – Older washing machines use an extremely high amount of water. Upgrading to a front-loading unit can reduce how many gallons you need to wash. Also, newer washing machines can clean just as effectively on cold water cycles, thus reducing the need for hot water.
  • Furnace – Higher efficiency furnaces can store and exchange heat without wasting energy. If your furnace is due for an upgrade, consider moving to a high-efficiency model.

You will not only save on your monthly bills, but upgrading could result in big rebates. PECO Smart Home Rebates offers cash back incentives to homeowners that upgrade to energy-efficient models. From $75 for a refrigerator to $50 for a room air conditioner, there is a good amount of money to be made from swapping out old appliances for newer ones.

Click to contact the team at Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today or call 215-822-0515 . We can help your house upgrade to energy-efficient heating and cooling units!

Ductless mini-split systems are an affordable way to help supplement your home’s traditional cooling and heating system. Also referred to as air-source heat pumps, these systems utilize an indoor mounted fan unit with an outdoor unit that is smaller than your traditional air conditioning unit. With a ductless mini-split system, you can cool and heat your home.

If you are considering a ductless mini-split system, you may be wondering about the benefits, or even the purpose. Depending on your home, you may be able to gain multiple advantages just by installing a single unit.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Systems

  • Energy Efficient – These systems feature a high efficiency SEER rating up to as high as 24.00. Because there are no ducts, these systems lose less of their cooling than forced-air systems. All of that means lower utility bills for you.
  • No Ducts Required – A ductless mini system can be used where you have no duct work or just in areas where it is not practical. Instead, small tubes run through an opening in the wall, allowing refrigerant to be cycled through the lines from the inside unit to the outside condenser, quietly distributing air. In the winter, your system works like a heater, quietly exchanging cool air for heated air.
  • Excellent Space Savers – Mini-split systems are great for homes that cannot put in large ductwork into the ceilings or walls. These systems not only give you more space to work with, but can help you design a room or addition with ease.
  • Better Control – You have room-by-room control with these systems. That means you are not paying to heat a room that is not occupied.
  • Better Air Quality – Duct work is a known contributor for allowing and distributing dust, dander and other allergens into the home. Because these systems do not use ducts, you can improve your indoor air quality, which is especially helpful if you or a loved one in your home suffers from allergies or asthma.

Ductless mini split systems are a practical solution for many homes, but you should consult a professional before deciding whether to install one for your heating and cooling needs.

CLICK HERE to contact the team at Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today or call 215-822-0515. We will conduct a thorough assessment to determine whether a ductless mini-split system is suitable for your home.

A few years ago, adding air conditioning to an older home required a significant investment. Today, with the help of the right team of professionals, you can easily retrofit your older home with a new air conditioning unit and also make your home more energy efficient.

One of the biggest challenges for older homes is their ceiling height, and the fact they have limited space to install traditional ductwork for an HVAC system. Even if a home had the wiggle room, installing ductwork could require tearing out old plaster ceilings and walls, damaging original hardwood floors and even requiring the owner to replace treasured wainscoting features.

How to Add Air Conditioning to Your Older Home
There are a few ways you can add air conditioning to your older home. It is up to you to decide on the amount of work you are willing to get done to be comfortable.

Ductwork or No Ductwork? First, you will need to decide if you want to go through the hassle of installing ductwork, or if your home’s structure can even handle the job. While all retrofit jobs require some patching and cleaning, a ductless system may be your best option. These systems require little carpentry repairs and can be retrofitted without the need for bulky ductwork.

Do You Want a Whole House or Localized Control?
If you do not occupy or use every room in the house, you may want a mini-split ductless system. This gives you individualized control over each room so you are not paying to heat or cool the entire house.

What is your budget? Installing a traditional air conditioning unit, complete with ductwork, will require a significant investment. Not only will you have to pay to repair the damage done by adding the ducts, but you may need to update your home’s electrical wiring just to handle a new HVAC unit. Older houses often only have 110-volt, 60 amp systems to power the entire house. A new, dedicated central air conditioner may require as much as 230-volt circuits and 20 to 50 amps of power to run.

Consult a Professional to Decide Which Option is Right for Your Home
Sometimes consulting a professional is the only way to decide which system is right for you. You can get quotes on both options to compare them and see what fits within your budget, but also see what type of system is best to cool your home with maximum efficiency. Because older homes have limited insulation, a traditional air conditioning unit may waste more cool air than it actually gives you for home comfort.

If you want to retrofit your older home for air conditioning, contact the experienced team at Bi-County Fuels today! We have over 25 years of experience helping homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA find the right solution with or without ductwork. Click to Contact Us or call 215-822-0515.

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