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In the market for a new HVAC system? Now is a great time to buy!
The federal government has introduced new tax credits to encourage people to choose more efficient HVAC units and make their homes more environmentally friendly. If you have or would like to purchase an ENERGY STAR product, read on to learn more about how you can take advantage of these new tax credits.

Trust the experts at Bi-County Fuels, Inc. to get the most out of your new investment. We offer professional installationmaintenance and repairs so that your machine works its best from day-1 and for years to come.

What You Need to Know:  Energy Efficient Tax Credits for Your New HVAC System

  • SAVINGS – Enjoy savings of $300 on your new unit. You’ll enjoy this tax credit in addition to feeling good about having a more efficient home and saving on your monthly heating and cooling bills.
  • DEADLINE – This credit expires December 31, 2016. Keep your receipts for the unit, installation and other relevant documents for proof of purchase.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY – Your new unit must be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 product in order to be eligible. Products that have earned this designation have been tested and their efficiency verified. Some products use up to 30% less energy than other available options. You will be doing a favor for your wallet and the environment by choosing an ENERGY STAR air conditioner.
  • FINE PRINT – There are a few other details required to ensure your new HVAC unit is eligible for a credit. Your split system must have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) greater than 16, and an EER (energy efficiency ratio) greater than 13. If you have a package system, the SEER must be greater than 14, and EER greater than 12. The higher these ratings are, the better the machine is for the environment and your savings!

Need HVAC installation for your new, energy efficient unit?
The team at Bi-County Fuels, Inc. offers professional, fast and friendly services. We can install, maintain and repair your HVAC system and help guide you through your tax credit application. Our technicians have years of experience and can properly install your unit and provide the necessary paperwork. We offer a host of services to keep your home comfortable, from home heating services to great air quality products. Turn to our professionals for your heating and cooling needs.

Call Bi-County Fuels, Inc. for your HVAC installation today at 215-822-0515 or contact us online. We will ensure you have everything you need to be eligible for your tax credit and that your new energy efficient unit is properly installed.

Get a Spring Tune-Up for Your Air Conditioner
Spring means we are one step closer to summer. Warmer temperatures also mean your furnace can finally take a break! After months without use, however, turning on your air conditioner may bring unexpected surprises. Spring is the perfect time to get your HVAC unit inspected. Schedule your maintenance appointment to beat the rush that comes once temperatures really heat up.

Why Spring is the Perfect Time for HVAC Maintenance
Getting HVAC maintenance completed will keep your system running efficiently. Here are a few reasons to schedule your maintenance appointment this spring:

  • Save money today. You will save money each month on your cooling bill if your air conditioner is working its best. If it can cool your home efficiently, your home will be more environmentally friendly and will save on your monthly bills.
  • Save money later. A trained technician will be able to catch small issues and inefficiencies before they are left to grow into bigger issues. Having HVAC maintenance done by a professional this spring will increase the longevity of your air conditioner. It will also save you more expensive repair costs down the road by catching small problems in time. Replacement parts and major repairs are a lot more costly than routine maintenance appointments.
  • Get your AC ready for the heat. There is nothing worse than your AC breaking down during a heatwave. Getting a maintenance appointment scheduled during the spring will ensure your air conditioner is ready to go for the hot and humid summer months.
  • More availability. Spring is not the peak busy season for technicians since it isn’t too hot yet. Most people can get away with keeping the air conditioner off for the season. That means our technicians have more availability for appointments.

Schedule your HVAC appointment and get your air conditioner working its best today. Add HVAC maintenance to your spring cleaning to-do list and rest assured that your air conditioner will be ready for the summer heat. Bi-County Fuels, Inc. can provide HVAC maintenance. Enjoy lower monthly bills and a cool, comfortable house. Our fast and friendly technicians are available for your HVAC maintenance, repairs and installations. We also offer a range of related services to keep your home comfortable.

Schedule your air conditioner maintenance this spring and enjoy savings year-round. Call us today at 215-822-0515 to get your air conditioner in top form. You can also contact us online.

The air inside your home needs not only to be purified, but it must also have the right concentration of moisture. Humidification, which is the process of adding moisture into the air, is one of the more important, but often ignored aspects of achieving whole-home comfort. In fact, balancing the right amount of moisture could reduce the number of sick days you experience each year, especially in the winter and flu season.

Common Misconceptions about Humidity

Most people confuse humidity with heat. After all, that is when most humidity levels rise and temperatures too. However, while humidity is not the most enjoyable in the summer, you need a certain level of humidity all year; especially in the indoor environment of your home. With air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, indoor air is constantly being exposed to circulating air in an enclosed space, passing through your ducts and ventilation system. Of course, too much humidity can make your home uncomfortable, but on the other hand, properly controlled humidity offers proven benefits to your family’s health and comfort.

How Humidity Impacts Your Health and Safety

You may not think twice about the moisture in the air, but a reduction in humidity can lead to several health problems, including:
  • Increasing the likelihood of catching a cold, flu or upper respiratory infection. Certain viruses, especially those that cause the cold and flu, thrive in low humidity environments. If your home has a lowered humidity level, you can actually be more susceptible to infection.
  • Aggravated allergies. If you already suffer from allergies or asthma, you may notice they are easily aggravated in the winter – a time when your home’s comfort system removes the most moisture.
  • Increased damage to your home. Low humidity can also cause your home’s walls, hardwood floors and other wooden items to crack and wear down. Electronics also become a risk for static electricity, which can result in expensive replacements.
  • Increased energy costs – Lowered humidity can make your home feel colder than it really is, which makes you continually turn up the thermostat and costs you more in energy bills each month.
  • Susceptible to other ailments. In addition to the illnesses and home damage, you may notice that you are more susceptible to bloody noses, dry mouth, itchy eyes, sore throats, cracked skin and dry itchy skin.

whole home humidifier can resolve most of these issues. With the right balance of moisture, you can minimize the ill-effects of decreased humidity and increase your home’s overall comfort. Also, you can lower your home’s thermostat, which in turn, saves you money. Once you consider how much you will save each year after installing a humidifier, you will find it practically pays for itself.

If dry air is causing discomfort and resulting in too many sick days from work this winter, talk to us about a whole house humidifier for your home. Give us a call at 215-822-0515 today or contact us online.

Does Your Boiler Consider the Weather Outside?
To get accurate temperatures indoors, the heat supply to your home must be equal to the heat loss from your home. The outdoor temperature can greatly impact how well this happens. Even in a well-insulated, brand new home, heat loss will increase as the temperatures outside drop.

Your home’s boiler system is designed to operate at the highest temperature possible to match all potential heat loss, but you do not always require this high temperature; hence, maintaining it at a constant will cost excess fuel and money.

When the temperature outside becomes mild, your heating system should not deliver excess heat. Instead, you need outdoor reset controls on your home’s boiler that will adjust automatically.

What Are Outdoor Reset Controls?
An outdoor temperature reset is a control strategy that will continue to adjust the heating system’s supply by providing more heat when it is colder outside and less heat when the temperatures outside rise. This will help save energy, because your home’s boiler will operate at a lower temperature.

Key Benefits of Using Boiler Controls
Boiler controls are relatively inexpensive to purchase and once you consider the benefits, the cost of a control system typically pays for itself. Just some advantages of installing a reset control include:

  • They are easy to install. Bi-County Fuels, Inc. can install and setup your reset control in a short, one-day appointment.
  • Your boiler will operate at optimum temperature year-round, thus improving its overall efficiency.
  • Operator resets minimize ticking expansion noises in baseboards, because they prevent large temperature swings from happening.
  • Improved comfort in your home and a temperature inside that better suits what the temperature is outside.
  • Increased boiler life. When your boiler is not operating continually at maximum temperatures, you reduce the wear and tear on its components. This will save you money on repairs, maintenance and replacements in the future.

Next time your boiler kicks in, consider the temperature outside and if your boiler is recognizing that temperature. At Bi-County Fuels, Inc. we are proud to carry Honeywell outdoor reset controls that can reduce heating costs by up to 15 percent.

Keep your heating bills in check by ensuring your boiler considers outside temperatures and adjusts the indoor temperatures accordingly. Call Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today at 215-822-0515 to learn more about the Honeywell Outdoor Reset Controls for your home’s boiler. Book an appointment by phone or contact us online.  

With regular oil deliveries, you can keep your home warm even in the coldest winter, but if you want trouble-free heating, you may want to also consider a premium heating oil conditioner.

Why Use an Oil Conditioner?

Heating oil conditioners can improve your fuel in several ways, with the four most important being:
  1. Reducing Sediment – When you have untreated fuel, your fuel will produce unwanted sediment. Each time your tank is refilled, that sediment is then reincorporated back into the fuel, which can enter into your system’s components. An oil conditioner reduces sediment so that it can flow through a heating system and burn without interrupting integrity or efficiency.
  2. Cleaning Filters – As the tank’s filter builds up with sediment, it may stop the flow of fuel completely or allow more sediment particles into the system than it should. You can reduce the particle size of sediment which will then eliminate clogging.
  3. Cleaning Fuel Lines – Fuel without conditioner may react with metal components causing premature corrosion and oxidation. This decreases fuel flow and efficiency within the lines. An oil conditioner can stop this reaction and eliminate existing corrosion inside your fuel lines and metal parts.
  4. Cleaning Nozzles – Sediment will reach the burner nozzles, which can reduce efficiency or force the unit to shut down. Oil conditioners eliminate plugging, maintain max burn rate and improve your equipment’s efficiency.

Bi County Fuels Proudly Carries Heatdoc

At Bi County Fuels, we want you to not only have fuel efficiency, but not have to worry about replacing your fuel tank prematurely. That is why we use Heatdoc oil conditioners to reduce sediment and improve the functionality of your system. This unique balance of three stabilizers is the only product on the market that can keep fuel fresh while improving burn health as well. You will notice almost immediately after using premium heating oil conditioners, the improvement in your system – and you may even find that you go through fuel less often.
If you are ready to get maximum efficiency from your home’s oil, contact Bi-County Fuels, Inc. today regarding our premium heating oil conditioners. We can apply the conditioner today or with your next oil delivery appointment. Call us at 215-822-0515 or contact us online. 

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.

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10 North Kerns Ave
Chalfont, PA 18914

Phone: 215-822-0515
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