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How Much Heating Oil Will I Need for Fall and Winter?

“How much heating oil will I need” might be the question we get asked most around here, especially once temperatures in Pennsylvania start dropping in mid-Fall. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult question to answer with certainty, because so many factors affect the speed at which you use up heating oil. Some of these factors include: How […]

Four Questions to Ask a New Heating Oil Supplier

Selecting a new heating oil supplier isn’t easy – and because it isn’t, many people simplify the process by choosing the supplier with the cheapest heating oil. It’s an understandable choice, but generally not a good one. Rather than simply choosing the supplier that will sell you cheap oil, we suggest you choose a supplier that […]

How Low Should You Let Your Heating Oil Tank Go?

If you own a heating oil furnace or boiler, you have a heating oil storage tank somewhere in your basement, or perhaps somewhere outside your home. But how much heating oil is in that tank right now? It’s an important question to answer, not just because fall is just around the corner and you’ll be […]

Five Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Why pay to heat water twice? That’s the question at the heart of a problem solved by today’s super-efficient tankless water heaters, which heat the water you need – and only the water you need – on demand. By operating this way, a tankless water heating system enjoys some key advantages over a traditional water tank-based […]

Oehlert Bros. Calendar Photo Contest

Calendar Photo Contest Instructions The Oehlert Bros. Inc. invites photographers to enter its 2019 Calendar Photo Contest. Winners’ photos will be featured in the 2020 Oehlert Bros. Calendar. You must read the following rules and conditions before submitting any photos. Winners will receive $50 to be used for any Oehlert Bros. purchase or a $50 […]

Air Conditioner Struggling to Keep Up? You Might Have a Refrigerant Problem

Most of us think of Freon (or R22, its generic name) as the stuff that makes the air coming from our air conditioner cool – and that’s mostly right. Technically, Freon (which won’t be around much longer…another good reason to upgrade your older cooling system sooner than later) is a type of refrigerant – and its job […]

Save Money with These 10 Summer Efficiency Tips for Your PA Home

Summer 2019 is upon us – time to crank up your central air conditioner or ductless mini-split system and enjoy the cool comforts of home. Just remember to do it smartly! Try these 10 cost-effective tips to help you cool your Limerick, PA-area home for less this summer. Cool selectively – If you have central […]

Get More Predictable Bills This Fall and Winter with the Oehlert Bros. Smartpay Plan

You may not have ever thought about it, but you pay about 80 percent of your annual fuel bill during a four-month period each year – a time that happens to coincide with the holiday season. A sudden drop in temperature (which has been known to happen here in Pennsylvania) and you could be getting a […]

Why Should I Service My A/C This Spring?

It might be tempting to skip your annual A/C maintenance in the coming weeks – after all, your cooling system seems to be running just fine, right? The problem with thinking that way is that you will miss out on a full season of energy savings: on average, even new systems will lose about five […]

Nip Spring Allergies in the Bud with Whole House Indoor Air Quality Equipment from Oehlert Bros

Don’t look now, but spring is almost here – great news for those of us who like the heat, but not for those of us who suffer from springtime allergies. As you probably know, escaping those allergens by heading inside isn’t really an option; in fact, your home’s air can contain three to five times more […]

Heating Trouble? Try These Five Things before Calling for Service

We have officially passed the halfway point of winter 2018/19, and your heating equipment is no doubt working hard day and night to keep your family warm and cozy in your Pennsylvania home. The problem is sometimes your furnace or boiler works a little too hard to do its job – and when pushed beyond […]

Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Fleet Fuel Provider

To keep a commercial fleet on the road and running efficiently, you have to make smart decisions – and one of the most important of those decisions is who your fuel provider will be. A top fleet fueling provider won’t just help you keep costs down – it will support and integrate with your business strategy, helping […]

Sweet 70: An Extra Special Holiday Season at Oehlert Bros.

The holiday season is a special time of year every year – but for the Oehlert family, 2018’s version of Christmas is extra special. That’s because Christmas Eve this year will mark the 70th Anniversary of opening night for Oehlert Bros., when Bob Oehlert and his nine-year-old son Jim hopped in their truck to make […]

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 […]