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 While they are programmable, so is your outdated thermostat.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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