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All about modern heating oil

heating oil info pennsylvania Modern heating oil has changed a lot in recent years. In fact, this convenient, eco-friendly fuel has evolved so much, we know you may be full of questions. No worries – we’ve got you covered with answers to all your “burning” inquiries about heating oil! Where does it come from, and what’s it made from, anyways? How does it affect the environment, and what does this all mean for you, as a heating oil customer? Read on for further insight into some of our heating oil FAQs:

Get the facts about modern heating oil

When you use Oehlert Bros., you get much more than run-of-the-mill heating oil. Since 2007, we’ve been creating our own Bioheat Plus® heating oil blend on-site, using refined soybean oil. Bioheat Plus heating oil is a clean, green alternative to conventional No. 2 heating oil. Some of the most common questions we hear about modern heating oil, like Bioheat Plus, include:

  1. What is heating oil made from? Bioheat Plus heating oil is made with a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which is a renewable, domestically produced energy resource. It is often made from the fatty acids found in soy, corn and other vegetable oils, but food is never wasted to produce it.
  2. Is Bioheat eco-friendly? To call a fuel Bioheat Plus heating oil, it has to be a B5 to B20 blend (meaning between 5% and 20% biodiesel), and ours is a B20 blend. With this level of biodiesel, our fuel burns more cleanly than natural gas. It also produces far fewer emissions. Over a 20-year period, the methane emissions produced by natural gas are nearly 82 times more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide in that same time frame.
  3. What can Bioheat do for me? Since Bioheat Plus heating oil burns more cleanly than natural gas, it leaves fewer deposits on heat registers and subjects your equipment to far less wear and tear overall. For you, the customer, this means that you’ll see fewer breakdowns and you’ll need fewer repairs. And your system will last longer!
  4. Is Bioheat affordable? Bioheat is a renewable fuel, which means, in essence, “there’s more where that came from.” It’s also made domestically, making it less vulnerable to market factors like global strife. Plus, Bioheat’s energy-efficiency benefits heating oil customers by helping reduce energy costs.
  5. What about system compatibility? You can relax! There’s no need to call in that equipment overhaul conversion team! Using Bioheat Plus heating oil requires NO modifications to or conversions of your current heating equipment.
  6. How can you prevent running out of heating oil? Oehlert Bros. also provides peace of mind with an Automatic Delivery option for getting your heating oil. You’ll no longer have to deal with checking your oil tank gauge levels or contacting Oehlert Bros. to schedule a heating oil delivery. We use technology to monitor your heating oil usage. That allows us to schedule a delivery to your home before your tank runs low.

Make Oehlert Bros. your dependable heating oil service

Since Christmas Eve in 1948, Oehlert Bros. has built a reputation of being a heating oil delivery service that people in Eastern Pennsylvania can count on for prompt and professional heating oil delivery. Turn to Oehlert Bros. for cleaner-burning Bioheat Plus heating oil for your eastern Pennsylvania home. Join the Oehlert Brothers Family today!

Say Goodbye to Summer & Hello To Fall With These AC Tips

central air north carolinaWith summer in the rearview mirror, you may be wondering when is the right time to switch off your AC for the season. The problem is, Mother Nature doesn’t always seem to get the message that the equinox has come and gone. Fall days in eastern Pennsylvania can be brisk or downright toasty – sometimes both on the same day!

The bottom line: it’s a good idea to prep your AC so that it’s in good condition for the next time you need it – whether that means tomorrow or not until next summer. With a dependable heating and cooling system you can trust, there’s no reason for your family to be uncomfortable in your home. You can protect your investment in your family’s comfort all year long with these helpful end-of-season tips.

Air Conditioning End Of Season Checklist

Trustworthy heating & cooling experts you can turn to all year

Our service technicians are trained and experienced, and some have been working with us for more than 20 years. We have a long, proud history of quality work and outstanding service. And we offer fair, transparent, fast, and affordable financing options. Make sure your home can beat the heat year-round!

Contact the experts at Oehlert Bros. today to get started.

High-quality heating oil is the safe fuel choice

heating oil safety pennsylvaniaHeating oil is one of the safest fuels to use around your family, and that’s why we’ve been serving Limerick and the surrounding areas with heating oil delivery since 1948. Today, almost 70 years later, we’re still family-owned, still local, and still proudly committed to protecting your home’s comfort and safety. Read on to learn more about why heating oil has such a stellar reputation as a safe fuel choice.

What makes heating oil so safe?

There are many factors that make heating oil one of the safest fuels, but these major takeaways stand out:

Get service that protects your home

Even if you don’t have more modern equipment, Oehlert Bros. can spot any issues with your heating oil system before it becomes a big, expensive problem. When you get a heating service plan with Oehlert Bros., you also get our Tank Inspection Program (OBI-TIP).

Our Tank Inspection Program isn’t just a quick look-see. The trained and experienced service technicians at Oehlert Bros. perform a 25-point visual inspection that follows guidelines from the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) to make sure your family, property and investment are protected.

Bioheat Plus® is safer for the environment

Bioheat Plus heating oil produces fewer carbon emissions, less wear on your system, and more actual heat produced than natural gas, making it more energy-efficient. Take a look at the specifics:

Oehlert Bros. values your safety above all else

Turn to Oehlert Bros. for cleaner-burning Bioheat Plus heating oil for your eastern Pennsylvania home, confident in knowing it has a great safety track record. Become a customer today and request a free tank inspection. Plus, you can keep your heating equipment running at its best when you contact Oehlert Brothers today and sign up for an economical heating oil plan – for that extra peace of mind.

Why is your AC giving you trouble?

home cooling repair pennsylvaniaThere’s nothing like a summer day in eastern Pennsylvania, made all the more enjoyable by ultimately retreating to the crisp, coolness of your air-conditioned home. But, if your home’s air conditioning system conks out, you’ll lose your escape from the sweltering heat. Nobody wants that – least of all, the energy experts at Oehlert Bros.! The good news is that if this happens to you, we’ll make it easy to feel comfortable in your home again, no matter how hot it is outside.

Top reasons your AC is not cooling

If your AC is running but the air isn’t cooling, it means the blower works – always good news – but the cooling function does not. Unfortunately, there are several potential culprits, including:

Oehlert Brothers energy experts have your back

If your air conditioner isn’t cooling properly or has simply seen better days, we’ve got your back. Thousands of our neighbors rely on Oehlert Brothers – the Energy Experts – for reliable fuel delivery, equipment installations, outstanding service, maintenance and repairs, and much more. Choose Oehlert Brothers today and join our family of satisfied customers who know all about the Oehlert difference.

R22 phase-out and how it can affect your A/C

future of home cooling pennsylvaniaIt’s that time of year – people all around eastern Pennsylvania are starting to use their air conditioners to cool off and stay comfortable in their homes during the sweltering summer heat. But if your home’s air conditioning system conks out or runs out of refrigerant, you’ll lose your escape from the heat. That’s where Oehlert Bros. comes in. Read on to learn more about how we can give you peace of mind and help you bring your air conditioning system up to speed.

What’s R22 and why’s it so expensive?

R22, often called “freon,” is a type of refrigerant used in older A/C systems. Unfortunately, like a lot of outdated products from generations past, this type of coolant is actually toxic when leaked or released into the environment. Because R22 is not ozone-friendly and newer technologies have produced better, more eco-safe refrigerant capabilities, R22 is no longer manufactured – and that means it’s hard to find and not economical.

Wait, so is R22 illegal?

The answer is yes, and no. Beginning in 2020, the U.S. government prohibited R-22 by law from being produced or imported. After 2020, only recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies of R-22 are available, and those are slated to be phased out in the coming years as well. While you’re not going to get hauled off to the slammer for having a decades-old cooling system, this is one reason why it’s wise to consider upgrading your older model A/C system is you are still relying on R22.

How do you know when you’re ready to breakup with R22?

When an older system requires repairs using R22, this outdated style coolant is hard to find. Oehlert Bros. provides repairs completed with “recaptured” R22 – as permitted by law – but it is becoming more and more scarce. In fact, the cost is about three times as much as the new refrigerant! If your A/C system is older and not working well, we encourage you to consider upgrading to new equipment instead of continuing with repairs which could be very costly and will only increase over time.

Join the Oehlert Brothers Family!

A lot of things can go wrong when you’re still using R22 in your A/C system. Help prevent them by working with Oehlert Bros. for repairs and replacement to your outdated A/C. Oehlert Bros. is a family-owned company based right here in Royersford. When you contact us because you need an air conditioning repairman, you’re not going to get some far-away corporate office or overseas call center. You’re going to reach someone who will treat you with all the respect and courtesy a neighbor can give. And you’ll get prompt, professional service from our air conditioning repairman, whose focus is getting the job done right the first time.

You can trust the professionals at Oehlert Bros. with repairing your home’s air conditioning system. Contact us today to find out more about our air conditioning service plans, enroll in an air conditioning service plan, or join the Oehlert Brothers Family!

Great home heating service plans from Oehlert Brothers!

fuel payment options pennsylvaniaThe price of heating oil can be unpredictable – but that doesn’t mean your monthly heating bills have to be. With the Prepay and SmartPay programs from Oehlert Brothers, you’ll be protected from unwanted surprises on your monthly bill – and from rising and falling oil prices. Find out more, below.

Benefits of SmartPay include:

How a Price Cap Program works

Enjoy price protection with our Prepay Program

Did you know that paying for your fuel in advance could potentially save a bundle on your heating bill – with limited risk to you? Each summer, when you purchase your oil from Oehlert Brothers in advance, you lock in a preseason rate that guarantees that your price will not go up during the winter, no matter what happens in world oil markets. Since preseason prices are usually more favorable than in-season prices (when demand is higher and supply is lower), you could save substantial money by paying for your fuel in advance. If prices go up, your price won’t!

How the heating oil Prepay Program works

Choose the program that works best for you

Take control of your home heating oil bills

Oehlert Brothers Inc. proudly serves Limerick, Berks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Eagleville, Pottstown, Phoenixville, Norristown, Oaks, Royersford, Schwenksville and Trappe, PA.

Contact us today to take advantage of our Prepay Program and start saving on your home heating oil bills. We can’t wait for you to join the Oehlert Brothers Family!

Fuel Price Spikes Can Be Alarming, But You Can Count on Oehlert

fuel prices pennsylvaniaIt’s no surprise to most of us that as the price of crude oil spikes, so does gasoline, heating oil and the many other products derived from it. And when global crude oil prices soared to over $100 per barrel for the first time in eight years after Russia invaded Ukraine, that’s exactly what happened. This compounded the already existing price issues stemming from supply shortages and inflation.

This scary spike in fuel prices is hard on all of us, but with Oehlert Bros., you don’t have to worry about fuel run-outs and delays, and we may be able to help you with our SmartPay program if you have trouble paying your bill. Read on to learn more about heating oil price fluctuations. Please reach out to us with any questions, or if we can help you navigate this challenging time and help you find solutions.

Factors Causing Oil Supply to Lag

A simplified and misinformed solution to the production shortfall that’s regularly offered up by some pundits and politicians in the U.S. is that “we just have to drill for more oil at home.” But that’s ignoring the tea leaves being read by investors, who realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy.

Save Big by Going Greener

Investors are drawn to long-term, profitable opportunities in the rapidly growing green energy field. By the way, the heating oil industry and local heating oil dealers like us are making excellent progress with making our fuel more dependent on renewable energy, too. Read about our Bioheat Plus® heating oil, which is cleaner-burning than traditional heating oil, resulting in reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. The use of Bioheat Plus heating oil is an important step in heating oil’s evolution toward achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

In addition to being environmentally friendly, Bioheat Plus heating oil leaves fewer deposits on your heating system’s parts. This means that your heating-oil boiler or furnace will last longer and is less likely to break down. It will also work more efficiently with the help of Bioheat Plus heating oil, which you’ll see reflected in your lower bill. Plus, Bioheat Plus works on regular heating systems—no change is needed!

The Market Remembers

Saying that we are currently in the midst of an extremely volatile energy market could be viewed as an understatement. Another factor influencing oil companies is the memory of the breathtaking fall of crude oil prices during the early days of the pandemic. In the Spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But as quickly as mid-March, crude oil prices had dropped under $100 per barrel again. This was caused by a variety of factors, including the surprise COVID-19 lockdowns in China, small signs of a possible diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, and the biggest drop in four years of “bullish bets” on the market by hedgers.

Russia’ Impact

Russia’s influence on the market stems from its role as the third-largest petroleum and liquid fuels producer in the world, behind only the United States and Saudi Arabia. For that reason, energy prices had been rising in anticipation of the potential sanctions that could be levied on the Russian energy sector if the country invaded Ukraine. Even the hint of a possible disruption in energy supply – the fear factor – can heavily influence the buying and selling done by commodities traders.

When Russia DID invade Ukraine, the U.S. was the first country to place a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products, which amounted to about 7% of U.S. imports in 2020. In comparison, Canada ranked number one with 52% of petroleum imports, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But here’s where the fear factor rears its head again: While Russian oil imported into the US amounts to only a few drops in the barrel, the prospect of Europe eventually joining the U.S. in banning Russian energy imports would leave a big void to fill, and those who make their living in the oil markets don’t like that uncertainty.

What Comes Next?

It’s impossible to say exactly where things will go from here, but we hope this spike is only temporary. Nothing will make us happier than when prices return to normal in Pennsylvania, and throughout the country.

Until then, trust Oehlert Bros. to look out for you when you become a customer. Together, let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with energy prices—we will be soon living in a more peaceful world, where families can be warm, safe, and together.

Don’t close out winter with your heater needing attention

common hvac problems pennsylvaniaAs winter finally winds down in Pennsylvania, you may be thinking you’re home free on heater maintenance this year. It’s not a great plan to drop it like it’s hot, though – your heater, that is – just because you’ll soon be powering up your air conditioner instead, and here’s why. A little attention paid to any potential end-of-season heater issues can make a big difference for the overall health of your heater and its lifespan. Read on to learn more about why protecting your heater, even as you’re not using it much, matters.

Your heater and you will both be better off if your equipment is in prime shape moving into spring and summer for several reasons.

Don’t set your heater up for failure next fall

Putting off winter heater maintenance – especially if you didn’t have a beginning-of-season maintenance appointment – is only going to exacerbate any issues, big or small. Even minor problems can get worse if your equipment just sits there unattended all spring and summer. It’s much easier – and less costly – to have your heating system assessed and maintained now, when technicians are experiencing their slower season and have more time to spend troubleshooting in-depth if needed.

Heater troubles can bring on air conditioner woes

We realize it’s hard to think about the importance of heating system health right as your air conditioner is about to kick on, but believe it or not, some heater problems can actually affect your air conditioner as well!

After all, your heating and cooling systems likely share a thermostat and ductwork, at a minimum. Air filters, dampers, and electrical wiring can also be overlapping. The takeaway here: if your heater is working up a sweat – or, in the alternative, not working at all – the problem may spell trouble for your central air conditioning system, too. Having your heater evaluated by a professional energy expert now can help you make sure your air conditioner is raring to go when you need it in a few weeks or months.

Join the Oehlert family

No matter what type of issues you’re encountering with your heater, reach out to us so we can look it over – we’d love to hear from you! From strange noises to ballooning fuel costs, we can help. If you use heating oil, perhaps the quality of fuel is the culprit. When you use Oehlert Bros., you get much more than run-of-the-mill heating oil. Since 2007, we’ve been creating our own Bioheat Plus® heating oil blend on-site, using refined soybean oil, which is cleaner for the environment, AND your equipment.

Whatever the issue turns out to be, it’s best to address things head-on, now—plus, you’ll come out on top next fall when it’s time to put your heating system back into full use. Whether your heater needs some simple maintenance, a minor service job or a complex repair, we get the job done right, so become a customer today.

Dear Customers,

On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon.

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline and propane to move higher too. Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (Or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.

Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

Here are a few things to bear in mind:

  1. We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
  2. This year, supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on (or stay on) automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, have drivers out sick because of COVID or face severe weather, we can manage capacity better and keep you warm.
  3. Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’d like to know how much you used last year so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
  4. If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you but only if you communicate with us early.

I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control, but we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.

Best,
Steve Oehlert

Choosing the best tank for your family

which oil tank pennsylvaniaDeciding what size heating oil tank you need for your home can be intimidating since there are lots of options. The good news is that your knowledgeable Oehlert Bros. energy expert can help you weigh your options and decide what is best for your household.

Factors to consider for the perfect fuel tank

Most residential customers choose 275-gallon tanks, but every family is different and you know your needs best. Several factors come into play when considering tank size:

Besides the 275-gallon tanks we install for most residential customers, we also offer 500- and 1,000-gallon double wall storage tanks for commercial applications.

The right size tank is only the first step

It’s crucial to choose the right size heating oil tank for your family so that you’ll always have the fuel you need, when you need it, without having to store too much excess heating oil. But there are also several other factors to weigh – and it all boils down to quality.

Every oil tank Oehlert Brothers sells is thoroughly quality tested to our exacting standards and installed by a team of technicians with decades of experience. You can trust us to get the job done quickly, professionally and safely.

The new-generation of Granby aboveground tanks we install are virtually leak-proof, featuring double-wall construction and leak-detection features. Granby tank features include:

Oehlert Brothers has you covered, no matter what size tank you need

If it’s time to replace your underground or aboveground oil tank, Oehlert Brothers has great options for you. Contact Oehlert Brothers today to get a FREE estimate for a new aboveground oil tank! Become a customer today, and we’ll even remove your old indoor or aboveground tank – cleanly and free of charge!