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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!

Reasons to Sign Up for a Budget Plan This Summer

June 26th, 2017

Summer is in full swing here in Greater Philadelphia, which means homeowners are scheduling A/C maintenance, purchasing service plans for peace of mind, and fueling up their gas grills. Seems like a standard summer comfort checklist, but what if we told you now is also an important time to prep for next heating season?

Get ahead of the game and sign up for a budget plan to make managing your annual fuel costs a breeze. Call our office at (215) 248-4300 to find out about why it pays to plan ahead.

How It Works

  • We determine how much fuel you will need based on usage history.
  • We calculate a projected price to estimate your monthly payments.
  • You pay twelve equal installments over the course of the year.

The Benefits

When you sign up for a budget plan this summer, you’ll enjoy these year-round advantages:

Predictable fuel bills
Skip the stress of managing ever-changing energy costs. With a budget plan, every month when your bill arrives you know exactly what to expect.

Flexible year-round budgeting
Adding predictability to your fuel bills makes managing your family’s budget easier from season to season. With consistent monthly payments, you can allocate spending elsewhere.

Automatic delivery
Never worry about running out of fuel again! Our budget plans come with the perk of automatic delivery, so you can count on your fuel delivery team to keep your tank full all year long.

Are you ready to take control of your energy costs? Contact us to learn more about budget plan offering.

Wi-Fi Thermostats: Reasons to Go Wireless

May 26th, 2017

When it comes to home energy equipment, computerized devices have taken the market by storm. Within this new wave of high-tech property enhancements, Wi-Fi thermostats stand out as a valuable energy-saving tool that makes monitoring home comfort easier than ever.

How It Works

Take control of your heating and cooling settings, wherever you are.

  1. A trained technician will install your new Wi-Fi thermostat and connect the device to the internet.
  2. Once the connection is established, you can download an easy-to-use app on your portable devices.
  3. Enjoy remote access to manage energy use at your fingertips!

Reasons to Upgrade

Convenient 24/7 remote access
Leave for work in a rush? Never stress again about wasted A/C in an empty house. If you forgot to knock the thermostat down a few degrees, no sweat! You can check and lower temps right from your smartphone.

Reduce energy consumption
Hold the controls of your energy supply in the palm of your hand. 24/7 remote access to your cooling and heating settings will drastically cut usage and costs.

Lower heating and cooling bills
Control over your consumption means control over your spending. With a Wi-Fi thermostat in place, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of your exact energy needs to protect your wallet from unnecessary usage.

Increase property value
Outfitting your home with high-tech enhancements will help drive its value. Should you ever decide to move, this feature will be at the top every buyer’s “must have” list.

Improve year-round comfort
Wi-Fi thermostats are programmable to heating AND cooling systems. This means whether it’s a sticky day in August or a chilly evening in September, you will be able to control indoor temps with the click of a button.

Is it time to upgrade your thermostat? Contact us for a free estimate to learn more about how a Wi-Fi thermostat can improve your home comfort.

Choosing the Right Air Conditioning System for Your Home

April 13th, 2017

The decision between choosing a ductless mini-split and a central air conditioning system can be a difficult one. Before making your choice, make sure you know the differences between the two systems—and the benefits of each.

Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning

  • Compact, ductless design for homes with or without ductwork in place (more convenient for older buildings with thick walls)
  • Individual zoning to better control your cooling room by room
  • This system can also work in reverse, absorbing heat from the outside air and moving it indoors to heat your home
  • Today’s ductless units are often remote-controlled, allowing you to adjust the temperature without having to get up
  • Quiet, effective operation for your convenience
  • ENERGY STAR® rated models are available

Benefits of Central Air Conditioning

  • Complete, even cooling distribution throughout your entire home
  • Integrates seamlessly with your heating system’s ductwork
  • Compatible with programmable thermostats for maximum control of how much your cooling system operates
  • This system is virtually invisible
  • ENERGY STAR® rated models are available

Whichever system you choose, remember that a proper installation of any air conditioning system will provide you with the most comfort, energy efficiency, and safety. Consult an air conditioning specialist for even more advice on what may be best for your home comfort.

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