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Temps Are Dropping in PA – Is Your Heating System Ready?

Well, fall was late to arrive here in Pennsylvania – but once it finally did, temperatures dropped pretty quickly, didn’t they? That kind of up and down weather seems par for the course these days – which is a big part of the reason why you need routine annual maintenance for your furnace or boiler. […]

Is It Time to Replace My Heating Oil Tank?

One question we get a lot here at Oehlert Bros. is “How long will my heating oil tank last?” The answer, of course, depends on many factors: how thick the tank is, what material the tank is made from and whether it is located inside or outside your home, to name a few. With so […]

Three Ways to Make Heating Season Easier in 2018-19

Fall is coming – time to start thinking about getting cozy in your Pennsylvania home! Here are three things you can do this September to make your transition to heating season a breeze in the months ahead: Get preventive maintenance – Your furnace, boiler, and water heater need regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. […]

Labor Day Is Coming – Time to Start Thinking about Your Home Heating System

It’s hard to imagine it as we’re sweating our way through August here in and around Limerick, PA, but Labor Day is just a few weeks away – which means that cool days and nights won’t be far behind. It also means that it’s time to start thinking about annual maintenance for your home heating […]

When Was the Last Time You Checked Your A/C Filter

A well maintained central air conditioner can last 15 years or so, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Good news, right? Even better news is that one of the best ways to maintain your central air conditioning system is also the easiest: check your air filter once a month during the cooling season, […]

10 ways to save energy and money this summer

Summer has officially arrived here in Southeastern PA – and with it will come summer air conditioning bills. Here are 10 tips to stay cool and save money this summer: Turn down the AC at night – Program your thermostat to keep temps slightly warmer when the family is asleep. Just a few degrees will make […]

Avoid the Heating Bill Rollercoaster in 2018-19: Sign up for Oehlert SmartPay Today

We had some brutal stretches of cold last winter here in Pennsylvania – particularly in January, when record-setting temps gripped the region (we know, you’ve probably blocked out your memory of that time – but trust us, it happened). Our seesaw winter made for some unpredictable heating bills – and some unpleasant surprises – for […]

Seven Ways to Get Your Home Cooling System Ready for Action

Now that spring is in full swing here in Pennsylvania, it’s time to start looking forward to the warm days and nights ahead (they will arrive…we promise!). The question is, will your central air conditioner or ductless mini-split system be ready for the challenge when those days and nights finally arrive? Here are seven things […]

Allergy Sufferers: Don’t Suffer, Strategize!

Spring has arrived here in Northeastern PA – great news for Phillies fans, not so great news for those of us with allergies (if you’re both, what can we say – it’s going to be an up and down couple of months for you). If you’re prone to springtime allergies, don’t settle for suffering – […]

2018 Weather: Be Ready for Anything

We’ve had a quite a seesaw year weather-wise in Pennsylvania so far this year, where we have now experienced a 30-degree temperature shift within a 24-hour period four times since the holidays. Talk about up and down! As we adjust to what may be the “new normal” here in PA, it becomes more important than […]

Is My Flue Liner Damaged?

You probably don’t think a whole lot about your chimney liner, but having one that works correctly is a critical health and safety issue in your Pennsylvania home. The problem is that your chimney liner (if your chimney even has one – many pre-1940s homes don’t) is exposed to some pretty harsh operating conditions, including […]

Three Home Comfort Promises to Keep in 2018

The New Year is upon us – which means it’s time to make some resolutions that will lower your energy bills, relieve some stress, and make your Pennsylvania home more comfortable. Need a few suggestions? Here are three promises to keep in the year ahead. Take control of your heating oil bills – Paying bills […]

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

When most people think of a water heater, they think of a big metal tank in their basement. But it doesn’t have to be. Today, you can get a water heater that’s the size of a suitcase and can be mounted on a wall – a big advantage if you’re pressed for space. That same […]

What to Know about CO: A Primer on Carbon Monoxide Safety

If you live in a home with a fuel-burning appliance (a furnace, boiler or water heater, for example), then you probably know at least a little bit about the potential dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). But how much do you really know about CO? Here are 7 CO basics that will help keep your family […]

Germicidal UV Filters: A Simple Step to Healthier Air

The air inside your home could be anywhere from two to five times more polluted than the air outside of it – and one contributor to that poor air quality is a build-up of microorganisms like mold spores, fungi, viruses and pollen. Left unchecked, these microorganisms can cause respiratory discomfort and even lead to more […]

Labor Day Has Come and Gone – Time to Start Thinking about Your Heating System Maintenance

September is here, which means that cool Pennsylvania days and nights aren’t far ahead for us. Is your heating system ready for the challenge of the coming fall and winter? Regular annual maintenance is the key to keeping your furnace or boiler running better for longer – and for avoiding the expensive repairs that come […]

Seven Ways to Save Energy and Money This Summer

Looking for great ways to stay comfortable with lower energy bills this summer? Here are seven ways to save this cooling season. Install window reflectors – Absorbed heat from the sun can make your air conditioner overwork to keep your house cool. When you install light-reflecting window treatments, you minimize the greenhouse effect in sun-exposed […]

What Is an Indirect Water Heater?

An indirect hot water maker is one of the most energy-efficient, economical, and smartest ways to heat water available today – yet it’s an option that many people have never even heard about, let alone considered. So what is an indirect hot water maker? Basically, an indirect water heating system uses the energy generated by […]

Plan Ahead! Sign Up For SmartPay And Get More Predictable Bills

A high heating bill can be quite a shock around the end-of-year holidays – especially if a good old-fashioned Pennsylvania cold front settles in for a while. But there’s a way to avoid those unpleasant surprises and make your monthly bills much more predictable: sign up for sign up for Oehlert’s SmartPay Budget Plan. With SmartPay, […]

Benefits of Ductless Mini-Split A/C Systems

Many people choose window air conditioners if they don’t have the ductwork to support a central A/C unit. But there is an alternative to those loud, light- and view-robbing brutes: a ductless mini-split air conditioner. A ductless system consists of two components – indoor air handlers and an outdoor condenser or heat pump – which […]

SEER: What It Is and Why It Matters

If you’re considering a new home air conditioning system and haven’t shopped for one in a while, you may be surprised at the alphabet soup of acronyms you’ll encounter in your search. One of the most important of these is SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Here are four SEER questions and answers […]

Clearing the Air: 3 Benefits of a Germicidal UV Filter

Ever notice an odd smell when you turn on your air conditioner or furnace for the first time in a season? That smell may be a buildup of microorganisms in your HVAC system and ductwork – a sign that you could have poor air quality in your home. But there’s good news: installing a germicidal […]

Proper Humidity Levels: A Key to Lower Bills and Healthy Indoor Air

According to the EPA, your electric bills are more than likely about 30 percent higher than they could be – and your indoor air is not as healthy or comfortable as it should be. A key factor affecting each of these issues is the humidity level in your house. Turning up the thermostat may increase […]

Auto Delivery Customers: Call Us If Your Heating Habits Change!

One of the best things about automatic delivery is that it virtually eliminates the chance for inconvenient and potentially dangerous heating oil run-outs. But automatic delivery relies on an average on how much oil you’ve used in the past (along with the current weather) to determine when you’re ready for a re-fill. That means that […]

Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace or Boiler?

A heating system is a big investment for any homeowner, and like any investment you have to think long and hard when it comes time to making big decisions about its future. Key among those decisions is whether to fix or replace your furnace or boiler the next time it breaks down. While there are […]

Heat Greener This Winter with No Costly Conversions – Switch to Bioheat®

If you’ve been looking for a more efficient and environmentally responsible way to heat your home you need to know about BioHeat. Oehlert Bros. Inc. has been exclusively delivering BioHeat for over eight years to our heating oil customers. And starting in 2015, we are using super clean burning Ultra Low Sulfur heating oil which […]

4 Questions to Ask Your Heating Contractor before You Hire Them

Finding a reliable heating system contractor who can help your system run well for longer is critical to keeping your home comfortable and your bills low this winter. Like any investment, It pays to shop around. Here are 4 questions you should ask a heating system contractor before you hire them: How long have they […]

Three Ways to Reduce Stress This Heating Season

Fall is almost here – and with it comes the stress of another Pennsylvania home heating season. Fortunately, Oehlert Brothers offers products and services that can help you cope. Here are three great ways to help you sleep better at night this fall and winter: Enroll in an Oehlert Service plan – Routine maintenance for […]

4 Ways to Cut Energy Bills from Your Water Heater

You use hot water every day to wash your clothes, your dishes, and yourself – so it’s no wonder that your water heater guzzles up to 30 percent of the energy used in your home each month. If you want to cut that number down, there are four ways to do it: 1. Use less […]

5 Common A/C Problems

Summer’s here – which means it’s time to take on the heat in what experts are expecting to be a very hot season. The question is, will your A/C be up for the battle? As we hit the dog days of July and August, you’ll need to run your AC through its paces – and […]