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

Posted: May 29, 2018

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

Posted: April 27, 2018

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!

Posted: April 13, 2018

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

Posted: February 26, 2018

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?

Posted: January 29, 2018

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

Posted: December 29, 2017

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?

Posted: November 28, 2017

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

Posted: October 24, 2017

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

Posted: September 21, 2017

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

Posted: September 13, 2017

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

Posted: July 25, 2017

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?

Posted: June 27, 2017

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

Posted: May 22, 2017

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

Posted: April 24, 2017

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

Posted: March 27, 2017

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

Posted: March 13, 2017

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

Posted: January 26, 2017

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!

Posted: December 30, 2016

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?

Posted: November 30, 2016

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®

Posted: October 31, 2016

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

Posted: October 20, 2016

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

Posted: September 29, 2016

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

Posted: August 22, 2016

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

Posted: June 20, 2016

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 […]

5 Benefits to Routine A/C Maintenance

Posted: May 10, 2016

People sometimes ask, “Is an annual A/C tune-up really necessary?” Our answer is an emphatic YES! Buying a home cooling system is a major investment for your Pennsylvania home – one you should protect, just as you protect your car with regular oil changes. We strongly recommend having your air conditioning system professionally maintained every […]

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Posted: April 21, 2016

Did you know that the air in your home could contain up to 100 times more pollutants than outdoor air? Considering the fact that you inhale about 15,000 quarts of indoor air every day, that’s a scary number. The good news is you can significantly improve air quality in your home by making some smarter […]

Detecting and Sealing Air Leaks

Posted: March 9, 2016

Air leaks or “drafts” occur when unintentional outside air enters your house through cracks or openings. This does not only make your house uncomfortable, but wastes energy and costs you money! Step one: Find the source of the draft. Check these common places for air leakage: Window panels for cracked/broken seals. Baseboards for gaps. Under […]

Oil Heat Is the Key to a Sustainable Future

Posted: February 16, 2016

Fracking, or drilling for natural gas can damage the environment while electricity is largely generated from burning coal. That’s why heating oil is the key to a sustainable future. Technology has reduced heating oil’s carbon footprint by 40% over the last 30 years. Today’s oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution and today’s heating oil […]

Giving Our Thanks to You

Posted: December 1, 2015

Since 1948, local homeowners have counted on us to provide services in a friendly, professional manner. As another season of thanks approaches, we want to do everything we can to ensure your family enjoys worry-free holidays by staying comfortable and safe. On behalf of everyone here, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. […]

Low Heating Oil Prices

Posted: October 25, 2015

Oehlert Bros. Inc. has been delivering superior BioHeat to our customers for over 7 years!  BioHeat using ultra low sulfur heating oil will burn cleaner than natural gas.  Ultra low sulfur heating oil will be mandated in PA in July of 2016.  With Low Heating Oil Prices this is a real win for consumers! “It […]