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Don’t Miss Out on the Benefits of a Spring A/C Tune-Up!

April 11th, 2018

Spring is officially here. Despite unpredictable weather keeping Pennsylvania homeowners on their toes, one thing is for certain: it will be summer eventually. If you use central A/C or a ductless mini-split system, now is the time to schedule your annual air conditioning tune-up. Regular service from a Dwyer cooling specialist is the easiest way to stay cool when summer brings the heat.

Top 5 Reasons to Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-Up

  1. Lower Energy Bills

    Annual maintenance will help your cooling system run more efficiently, which can translate into serious savings. When your A/C is operating at peak performance it will cost you less to keep your home cool.

  2. Improved Efficiency

    If you have a high-efficiency central or ductless system in your home, you already know how easy energy conservation can be. A spring tune-up will help keep your air conditioner in top working order no matter how high temperatures rise.

  3. Better Indoor Air Quality

    Preventative maintenance not only helps your system’s performance; it can help improve the air you breathe! Schedule your tune-up before peak spring allergy season to reduce the amount of airborne allergens and pollutants in your home.

  4. Less Likelihood of Breakdowns

    Nothing is worse than turning on your air conditioner in August only to feel warm air coming from the vent. During your annual tune-up a Dwyer technician will check all necessary operating features, and if a part requires replacement we will take care of it right away. Not to mention, your spring tune-up can help you avoid the costs associated with an emergency service visit!

    Want even more protection? Gain peace of mind with a Dwyer Cooling System Maintenance Plan. Available for central A/C and ductless heat pump systems, this plan includes your annual tune-up and extra perks like a parts and labor discount.

  5. Dependable Comfort

    Get relief from sticky summer weather. A/C systems that receive a professional spring tune-up are better equipped to provide reliable cooling when your family needs it most.

Don’t wait until the last minute to make your annual tune-up appointment. Spots are filling quickly! Call Dwyer at (215) 248-4300 or contact us here to schedule your spring A/C tune-up today.

 

5 Simple Plumbing Tips for Spring

March 15th, 2018


Homeowners in Pennsylvania are starting to see signs of spring. While we’re not completely out of the woods with cold temperatures just yet, it’s safe to say that warm weather will be here before we know it! Get your home ready for spring with these easy steps.

  1. Schedule Water Heater Maintenance
    Your water heater has been working overtime all winter! Just like your heating and cooling systems, it needs annual maintenance to run safely and efficiently. A checkup from a Dwyer technician will help improve operating efficiency, lower utility bills, and extend the lifespan of your equipment.
  2. Clear Gutters and Downspouts
    Spring thaw means snow melt. Check your home’s gutters and downspouts and remove any buildup of debris. This will help any remaining ice melt away easily and avoid damages from the season’s first big rainfall.
  3. Check for Leaks
    Do a sweep under each sink for any signs of leakage, like puddles or water damage. Don’t forget about the hose lines that connect to essential home appliances, like dishwashers and washing machines. If you see signs of a leak, contact your local plumbing service right away.
  4. Clean or Replace Faucets and Fixtures
    Don’t skip this part of your spring cleaning! Over time, daily use can cause buildup on your faucets, fixtures, bathtubs, and showers, especially if your home has hard water. If any fixtures show damage that a good scrubbing can’t fix, call Dwyer for an easy replacement.
  5. Consider an Upgrade
    How old is your water heater? If your equipment is 10 years or older, it could be time to reinvest in a new system. Water heater failure can occur without warning and cause significant damage to your property. Your Dwyer technician can recommend when your water heater should be replaced.

Whether you need a fixture replacement, leak solution, or total equipment installation, Dwyer’s plumbing specialists are here for you. Contact us today!

The Easiest Way to Save Money and Energy All Year

February 21st, 2018

Did you know there is one simple way you can save up to $180 per year on annual energy costs? It doesn’t call for bulking up your insulation, cutting shower times, or saving the A/C for special occasions. What’s the trick? A Wi-Fi programmable thermostat.

What Is a Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat?

A Wi-Fi programmable thermostat is an easy-to-use device that provides pre-programmed settings to control your home’s temperature throughout the seasons. Once a certified HVAC professional installs your new thermostat, you can access or change these settings from any Internet connected device like your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Wi-Fi thermostats offer the same benefits of traditional programmable thermostats with added convenience. During the winter months, you can set your thermostat to automatically lower the heat during times you are away from the house or asleep. When summer arrives you can do the same with A/C features to avoid wasting energy. Changing these settings to adjust to your family’s unique schedule is easy!

What Are the Benefits?

Better All-Season Comfort
Wi-Fi programmable thermostats are built for your convenience. The pre-programmed settings are designed to match daily schedule patterns and set temperatures appropriately. In just a few clicks, your home’s indoor temperature is regulated just the way you like it.

More Effective Energy Use
Raising and lowering temperatures by a few degrees during different parts of the day can help your heating and cooling systems perform as efficiently as possible. Not only is valuable energy being put to good use, but your HVAC equipment will be less likely to overwork and can last longer.

Lower Energy Bills
No matter the season, homeowners are always looking for ways to save on household spending. With just one investment and installation, your family can benefit from reduced heating and cooling bills year after year.

Total Convenience
Wi-Fi capabilities eliminate the worry of forgetting to adjust the heat before leaving home for a night out or extended trip. Simply log in to the easy-to-use app on your smartphone to make the adjustments you need.

Contact your local energy experts at Dwyer to schedule your installation today! For a limited time, customers can receive $25 OFF the installation of a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat.*

*Installation must be completed by Dwyer. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires 3/31/2018.

The Ins & Outs: Automatic Delivery vs. Will Call

January 11th, 2018

If you heat your Pennsylvania home with heating oil, you probably have heard about the major benefits that automatic delivery has to offer. But do you really know the most important advantages? Discover the best parts of auto delivery service with a local energy provider like Dwyer Oil.

How Does It Work?

We use a Johnson Degree Day Meter to track outdoor temperatures every 15 seconds. Using this data along with fuel usage history, we are able to create a custom delivery schedule and accurately estimate when it’s time to fill your tank. You will receive efficient deliveries without even picking up the phone!

Will Call vs. Automatic Delivery

Making a decision for your home comfort and household spending requires research. When you compare will call to automatic delivery, there is a clear winner:


 

Automatic Delivery

  • Total convenience
  • More efficient fill ups
  • Greater cost savings
  • Less chance of running out of fuel
  • Custom delivery schedule
Will Call

  • Order fuel as need based on daily rates

 


The Solution to Staying Warm

Automatic delivery is the best way make staying warm easy. Customers that sign up enjoy complete convenience and gain peace of mind. With your tank levels closely monitored, the likelihood of a no-fuel emergency is much lower, but not completely impossible. Automatic delivery customers are still responsible of checking tank gauges every so often and must inform the energy provider of any changes that might affect fuel usage, like an increase in household size or property additions. Running out of fuel can cause unnecessary safety risk and potential damage to your heating system.

Ready to sign up for automatic delivery or have more questions about enrollment? Contact Dwyer Oil today!

5 Simple Ways to Conserve Energy This Winter

December 11th, 2017

The holidays are here! Are lower heating bills on your wish list? Luckily for Eastern PA customers, saving on energy spending doesn’t have to be a hassle. Use these easy tips to prepare your home for another Northeast winter and make the most of your heating season budget.

1. Schedule a Yearly Tune-Up
Like any piece of machinery, routine maintenance from a professional is essential to keep your boiler or furnace running smoothly. Make an annual tune-up appointment with Dwyer’s HVAC experts once a year to help your heating system operate efficiently and reduce energy bills.

2. Make Saving Energy a Daily Goal
Simple changes in your day-to-day routine can help cut energy spending. Pre-season tricks like sealing up air leaks around windows will help keep precious heat inside. During the daytime, open curtains to allow the sun to naturally warm your living space. Don’t forget about your water! Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and limiting shower times are habits that can help the savings stack up!

3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Did you know that a programmable thermostat can provide up to $180.00 in savings yearly? In a few clicks you can program temperatures to automatically lower when you are out of the house or asleep to save more heat. You can enjoy even more convenience with a Wi-Fi programmable thermostat that can be controlled from your smart device.

4. Get Protected
Whether you heat your home with oil or gas, enrolling in a service plan is the best way to protect your equipment and maximize fuel economy. Various levels of coverage include perks like an annual heating system tune-up, parts and labor discounts, and more.

5. Consider an Upgrade
Over time, the effectiveness of your heating system will decline. Eventually the cost of upkeep and regular service calls can add up tremendously. If your current equipment is 15 years or older, it could be time to install a new high-efficiency model. High-efficiency heating systems can have AFUE ratings up to 98, which will translate into significantly lower heating bills.

Want to cut energy use and save money this heating season? Let’s get started! Contact your local energy specialists at Dwyer today!

Heating Oil Delivery Made Easy

November 8th, 2017

As the weather keeps getting chillier, homeowners throughout Eastern Pennsylvania are gearing up for another winter season. Along with colder temperatures, this time of year brings all kinds of distractions—storms, sick days, school vacations, holiday planning, and so on—making it tough to stick to a routine.

At Dwyer Oil, we’re here to help you simplify your winter to-do list. When it comes to keeping your fuel tank full and your home warm, sit back and relax with fully automated fuel delivery.

How Automatic Fuel Delivery Works

Based on your fuel usage history and our degree day calculations, we estimate each time you are due for an oil delivery over the course of the heating season. Our team schedules and completes your delivery automatically for total convenience.

Why Sign Up?

Skip the hassle of remembering to check your fuel tank levels, placing heating oil orders manually, and arranging delivery dates around your busy schedule. With automatic delivery, you can relax knowing that your fuel supply is in good hands.

  • Greater Heating Efficiency
    Just like filling your car’s gas tank, filling your home’s fuel tank when it’s near full or too close to empty can result in poorer fuel economy. Our team of experts will know the right time to make a delivery so that you are using your supply of heating oil as effectively as possible.
  • Better Winter Budgeting
    Having a more flexible budget would be ideal at any time of the year, but it especially helps around the holidays. Leaving your fuel delivery to the experts will help make the most of your heating season spending.
  • More Protection for Your Home
    Running out of heating oil can cause significant damage to your equipment and unnecessary safety hazards. Why risk it? With automatic delivery, there’s no need to worry about remembering when to order fuel.

Taking advantage of all these valuable perks is easy. Plus, this added convenience is no additional charge! Simply sign up and leave the rest to us this winter.

Telltale Signs: Is It Time to Replace Your Heating System?

October 23rd, 2017

As temperatures start to drop, homeowners in our area count on their heating equipment to keep things cozy. Warmth is essential during a Pennsylvania winter, but don’t forget about how your heating system performance can affect your household safety and spending! New high-efficiency heating systems have proven their worth in safety, operation, and cost savings. How can you tell when it’s time to trade in your current equipment for a newer model?

During the months in between your annual tune-ups from Dwyer, watch your boiler or furnace for these warning signs that it is time for an upgrade:

1. Increased Repairs

As years of wear and tear go by, your heating equipment will begin to suffer more breakdowns from daily use. Check out your recent service history to review the frequency of your repairs. Instead of spending on consistent repair visits, invest in a new high-efficiency system to make your money go the distance.

2. Climbing Energy Expenses

As your heating equipment gets up in age, its efficiency levels will start to decline. Higher heating costs, without extreme weather or household size increase to blame, is a clear indication of decreased fuel economy. New high-efficiency heating systems can reach efficiency ratings of up to 95, which will translate to significantly lower annual heating costs.

3. Abnormal Smells or Noises

A mysterious bump or two from the basement is to be expected, but if you start to hear excessive humming, clunking, or banging coming from your heating equipment you could be due for a replacement. Strange odors can also be another red flag.

4. Dry or Dusty Air

Review your home’s indoor air quality. Noticeably increased amounts of dust or drastic changes in air humidity can be symptoms of a declining heating system. Regular maintenance from a Dwyer HVAC specialist will improve indoor air quality, but eventually a replacement is the only foolproof solution.

5. Uneven Heating

Have you noticed that some rooms in your home are exceptionally warm and others are abnormally cold? If your thermostat is reading a standard temperature, but heat is not adequately reaching all areas of your house, this could signal the deterioration of your equipment’s operating abilities.

Does your boiler or furnace exhibit any or all of these signs? Get in touch with the pros at Dwyer for a free estimate on a new high-efficiency heating system before cold weather is here to stay!

6 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

September 11th, 2017

Labor Day has come and gone, which means winter will be here before we know it! Now is the time to prepare your home for colder temperatures to maximize your fuel supply. With these easy tips, you can reduce energy use and start saving money before winter weather is here to stay.

1. Schedule your annual tune-up

Regular maintenance from Dwyer’s HVAC experts will help your heating system run at peak efficiency all season. When your equipment is properly inspected and maintained, it can reduce the risk of surprise breakdowns and promote higher fuel economy. It’s a win-win!

2. Open the curtains

During the daytime, open your south-facing curtains to let in the light. The sunlight will naturally raise your indoor temperature. At night, make sure to close the curtains to keep out the evening chill.

3. Consider an upgrade

How old is your current heating equipment? If your system is 15 years or older, you can significantly lower your heating bills by switching to high efficiency. High-efficiency heating systems operate more effectively and can save you money on costly repairs or component replacements.

4. Seal any drafts

Don’t let air leaks waste your valuable heating fuel! Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Investigate areas of your home by visual inspection.

5. Sign up for protection

Better safe than sorry! Enrolling in a service plan is the best way to guarantee safe, efficient operation and save money down the road. Varying levels of service plans are available for oil, gas, and heat pump systems and include valuable benefits like 24-hour emergency service, parts coverage, oil tank protection, and more.

6. Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats are easy to use and can help cut energy costs. Simply program your thermostat to lower the temperature when you are out of the house or at night. Wi-Fi thermostats can be synced to your smart device to provide remote control of inside temperatures, wherever you are!

Are you ready for this heating season? We’re here to help. To learn more about how to prep your home this fall or to schedule service, simply contact us!

The Ins & Outs of Your Heating System’s Annual Tune-Up

August 25th, 2017

Labor Day is almost here! Have you started to think about the upcoming heating season? The first step towards a worry-free winter is scheduling your annual heating system tune-up. At the end of summer your heating provider is making less deliveries and service calls, which means there is more availability to make an appointment that suits your busy schedule. It’s simple – just make the call!

The Breakdown

Keeping up with regular maintenance is essential to promote equipment longevity and performance. Routine service before a major malfunction will help avoid surprise breakdowns in the future. When you choose Dwyer to perform your equipment checkup, you can trust that your system is in good hands. Our highly-trained, licensed technicians are prepared to service oil and natural gas-fired systems to make sure everything is working properly.

When an HVAC specialist performs your annual heating system tune-up, they will:

Natural Gas System Tune-Up

  • Vacuum of unit
  • Gas heat burner conditioning
  • Safety controls check
  • Motor, blower and pump lubrication
  • Chimney draft checks
  • Combustion and ignition adjustments
  • Control inspections
  • Efficiency testing and adjustments for maximum performance

Oil Heat System Tune-Up

  • Vacuum of unit
  • Oil heat burner conditioning
  • Burner nozzle replacement
  • Oil filter cartridge change
  • Safety controls check
  • Motor, blower and pump lubrication
  • Chimney draft checks
  • Combustion and ignition adjustments
  • Control inspections
  • Efficiency testing and adjustments for maximum performance

The Bottom Line Benefits

When it comes down to it, preventative service performed for each working component of your heating system delivers significant results. Regularly maintained heating equipment operates at a higher-efficiency, which improves overall home safety and lowers energy consumption. Lower energy use translates into reduced annual fuel costs! On top of saving money, your annual tune-up can help you skip stress. Professional maintenance can extend the lifespan of your equipment and reduce the risk of breakdowns during peak winter months.

What are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule your annual heating system tune-up before temperatures start to drop

Advantages of Your A/C Service Plan

July 12th, 2017

Keeping your air conditioning system happy and healthy is important for many reasons. Aside from relief from sticky summer weather, a properly functioning cooling system is crucial to protect your investment and your home’s overall safety.

Having a plan in place is essential in the case of system malfunction. When you sign up for a Dwyer A/C Service Plan, you’ll enjoy complete convenience despite the inconvenient nature of a surprise breakdown. Even when your air conditioner is running smoothly, annual maintenance benefits like lower energy use will save you money all year long.

What Will I Get with a Dwyer A/C Service Plan?

Priority Service: If your cooling system needs an unplanned repair in the thick of summer heat, no sweat! You can rest easy knowing a technician will be right over to properly diagnose and repair the problem.

Discount on Parts and Labor: Keep maintenance costs at an all-time low, no matter what unexpected issues may arise. You will receive a 15% off discount on parts and labor required during a service call. (System replacement excluded.)

Safety Check: A Dwyer HVAC expert will inspect your system on a yearly basis to make sure all components are running smoothly and safely. You’ll gain peace of mind knowing that your family will be comfortable and, most importantly, safe all season long.

Improved Indoor Air Quality: Breathe easy all summer. Your air filters will be changed or cleaned during the annual tune-up. Not only will this boost the efficiency of your equipment, but it will also lower the amount of dust and debris blowing through your vents.

System Efficiency: Routine maintenance will maximize your system’s efficiency and increase equipment lifespan. When your A/C is operating at peak performance, you can reduce your energy usage and lower seasonal fuel bills. It’s a win-win!

If you have central air or a ductless mini-split heat pump system, let the trained professionals at Dwyer handle the protection of your equipment and your home. Contact us here to learn more about our Cooling Service Plans.

Already have an A/C Service Plan in place? It’s not too early to be thinking about the heating season! Dwyer offers service contracts for boilers and furnaces too. Schedule early and be ready for whatever winter throws your way!

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