Learn ways to make sure you stay cool this spring and summer

central air Norristown, PA Spring is here — and with it comes the promise of warmer temperatures as the weeks go by! We’ve already had some unseasonably balmy days recently, so it’s not too early to think about air conditioning.

Homeowners throughout Norristown and eastern Pennsylvania know how hot summers here can get. Losing the ability to get cool when it really matters is just one reason to call on the energy experts at Oehlert Bros. to check out your central air conditioning system and make sure it’s ready to go BEFORE we encounter a sweltering heat wave.

Why central A/C maintenance matters

When appliances run smoothly without issues, we tend to forget about them. If your central A/C system worked well last year, you might be tempted to forego the annual maintenance on it that most manufacturers and HVAC technicians recommend. But skipping this important service can actually cost you more.

By scheduling a maintenance check, you’re giving our experienced technicians the opportunity to catch and correct minor issues with your A/C system before they can turn into bigger problems requiring expensive repairs.

And many manufacturers actually require annual service as part of your equipment warranty. If you miss annual maintenance checks and then have a problem that normally falls under the warranty coverage, it might not be covered after all.

Properly servicing central A/C systems also helps improve the air quality in your home so that you and your family can be healthier.

A/C maintenance and service plans

When you turn to us for help with your central A/C system, you know you’ll be getting highly trained service technicians with extensive experience in air conditioning maintenance and repairs. We’ll make sure your system is running at maximum efficiency so that you can look forward to a great season of comfort inside your home.

Our air conditioning service plan is a great way to cover your annual maintenance needs and enjoy other savings at the same time. The plan includes:

Enrolling in the plan gives you $50 off the first year and can be discounted even more if you already have an Oehlert Bros. heating service plan.

More tips for getting your home ready for hotter weather

Increase your home’s energy efficiency. If your electric bill is always high in the summer, it could be because you’re losing too much of the air you’re trying to cool through gaps or cracks in doorways, windows, ductwork, attic walls and other places. Applying or replacing weatherstripping, sealants and insulation can help retain more cold air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

Be air filter-savvy. Dirty air filters can restrict proper airflow and cause your A/C system to be less efficient or even shut down. And when dirt and dust get on moving parts, they can actually cause damage resulting in costly repairs. Learn what type of air filter your system uses and be sure to have a few on hand so that you can replace them when needed. You should change your air filter every 1-3 months — or even more frequently if you have pets or if anyone in your home has allergies or respiratory issues.

Keep your outdoor unit clear of debris. Leaves, grass, branches and other debris can obstruct your central A/C’s outdoor equipment and block airflow.

Check your thermostat battery and change it out when needed so that your thermostat can do its job properly.

Is it time to upgrade your central A/C system?

Central air conditioning systems have an average lifespan of 15-20 years — but how long yours will last depends on when it was manufactured and how often you’ve had it serviced for maintenance checks and repairs.

If it’s time to replace your system, you’ll be happy to know that today’s most efficient air conditioners use 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cool air as those made decades ago. Even if yours is only 10 years old, you could save 20-40% in energy costs if you replace it with one of these new, high-efficiency models.

Our central A/C installation professionals can assess your current system and household needs, make recommendations for the right size replacement, and install it quickly and safely. We provide a 10-year warranty on all parts plus a 10-year warranty on the compressor. And we offer fair, transparent, fast and affordable financing options. Customers who have our Premium Cooling service plan receive a 5% discount on installation of a new system.

Contact us for A/C maintenance today!

For more than 75 years, our family-owned company has been servicing customers throughout Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties. You can turn to us for dependable air conditioning maintenance, repairs and installation any time — just give us a call!

Learn about the best options for heating your home

heating oil Pottstown, PA Ever seen the phrases “fuel oil” and heating oil” and wondered if these terms are interchangeable? The energy experts at Oehlert Brothers are here to help you understand the differences and guide you toward the best options for heating your home.

What is fuel oil?

Sometimes called “distillate fuel oil,” this is the larger category of petroleum products that come from the process of distilling crude oil. That means taking out the hydrocarbons from the crude oil and then purifying and blending it to make it usable.

The main resulting products are numbered (“No. 1, No. 2” etc.). Most distillates can be made into:

What is heating oil?

Heating oil is one type of fuel oil that’s specifically used in boilers or furnaces to heat homes. If your home’s system uses No. 2 heating oil, then you already know that involves storing the oil in a tank on your property and having it replenished when it gets low.

But did you know there are different types of heating oil? Here at Oehlert Brothers, we’re committed to offering homeowners in Pottstown and throughout eastern Pennsylvania the option of heating their homes with ecofriendly Bioheat Plus® heating oil.

What is Bioheat Plus heating oil?

As an ideal alternative to conventional No. 2 heating oil, Bioheat fuels are made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil with biodiesel — a renewable fuel made from fatty acids found in soybean oil, used cooking oil, inedible corn oil and other types of recycled oils.

Bioheat fuels are labeled based on the percentage of biodiesel they contain. For example, B2-B5 Bioheat fuel contains between 2% and 5% biodiesel, whereas Bioheat Plus heating oil (B5-B20) contains between 5% and 20% biodiesel. We’ve actually been producing our own Bioheat Plus heating oil blend with refined soybean oil for 17 years!

The advantages of Bioheat Plus

Choosing Bioheat Plus to heat your home means you can:

Ready to switch to Bioheat Plus?

It’s easy to do since you don’t need to change your existing equipment. Simply contact us today to get started!

How to save the planet, stay warmer and protect your heating system

heating oil Spring City, PA Global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and slow down climate change have made headlines in recent years. But did you know that right here in the Northeast, the heating oil industry has committed to striving for a 40% reduction by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050?

We’re proud to play an important part in this effort by offering homeowners in Spring City and throughout eastern Pennsylvania the ecofriendly choice of warming their homes with Bioheat Plus heating oil.

What is Bioheat Plus heating oil?

This clean, green alternative to conventional No. 2 heating oil is created by blending ultra-low-sulfur heating oil with biodiesel — a renewable fuel made from fatty acids found in certain oils without needing to waste any food. Oehlert Bros. has been a leader in this environmentally friendly option by making our own Bioheat Plus heating oil blend using refined soybean oil since 2007.

What kinds of Bioheat fuel exist?

B2-B5 Bioheat fuel contains between 2% and 5% biodiesel, whereas Bioheat Plus heating oil (B5-B20) contains between 5% and 20% biodiesel. Anything over 20% is called Bioheat Super Plus® fuel.

The more we can transition to higher levels of Bioheat fuel, the faster we can help reduce our collective carbon footprint and make heating oil a carbon-neutral energy source.

We’re honored to serve as a leader in America’s clean-energy revolution and give customers the opportunity to help us reduce carbon emissions. We recently produced and delivered a Bioheat Super Plus® heating oil made of 100% biodiesel to help the Perkiomen Watershed grow plants in its greenhouse!

Why Bioheat Plus heating oil produces better air quality

Our B20 blend of 20% biodiesel burns more cleanly than natural gas and produces far fewer emissions that harm air quality and the environment. To understand the impact, it’s been estimated that the methane emissions produced by natural gas are nearly 82 times more destructive to the environment over a 20-year period compared to carbon dioxide emissions.

And according to the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, Bioheat fuel also reduces sulfur oxide, particulate matter and mercury emissions. Bottom line: By choosing Bioheat Plus heating oil to heat your home, you contribute to better air quality for all of us and help in the fight against climate change.

Why Bioheat Plus heating oil is good for you

In addition to reduced emissions without significantly increased energy costs, you benefit from the use of Bioheat Plus heating oil in several ways.

Because it burns more cleanly, the oil leaves fewer deposits on your heating equipment. That means you can extend its lifespan and have less of a need to deal with breakdowns and expensive repairs. Bioheat Plus heating oil is also more efficient than natural gas, producing more Btus to keep you warmer.

Making the switch to Bioheat Plus heating oil is easy

You might be wondering how you can help save the planet by switching to Bioheat Plus heating oil from your current heating oil usage. The great news is that it’s super simple! There’s no need to modify or convert your existing heating equipment.

Get started saving the planet today

Want to see how easy it is to switch to cleaner-burning Bioheat Plus heating oil for your eastern Pennsylvania home? Contact us today to find out if you’re in our service area!

Weigh your options to maximize fleet efficiency

fleet fueling Phoenixville, PA When you’re responsible for a commercial fleet, keeping every vehicle up and running is paramount for maximum efficiency. Not only must you stay on top of regular maintenance and repairs, you have to ensure that the entire fleet can get fueled in the most convenient, cost-effective ways. Because fueling fleet vehicles at retail gas stations is usually more expensive, it’s not recommended.

That’s why it’s smart to do a deep dive on your fleet fueling options. Your decision will depend on the size, type and usage patterns of your fleet, your business needs, types of fuel used and where your vehicles go. With a 75-year history of delivering fuel to customers across the Greater Philadelphia region, the energy experts at Oehlert Brothers stand at the ready to help you choose the best fleet fueling options for your operations.

Off-site versus bulk fuel deliveries

Off-site fueling — where you fuel your vehicles at one of our own stations — is ideal for smaller fleets of mostly on-road vehicles. Because our fueling stations are reserved just for our customers, they offer lower prices than what you would find at retail stations and provide higher-quality fuel than what you might get at discount stations.

Bulk fueling means you maintain a small fueling station on your own operational site, with us ensuring you have sufficient fuel supplies at all times. This can be the best option for companies with larger fleets and enough storage capacity.

Bulk gas and diesel delivery services will usually be the best options for saving time and money. Crew members and drivers don’t have to waste time fueling up since we take care of it for them before or after their shifts. And they avoid having to drive several miles to get fuel and deal with detours, unexpected stops, lost receipts or route planning hassles.

24/7 convenience for off-site fueling

As a participant in The Gascard Fuel Management System — a national network of more than 130 fueling sites — we make it simple for you to have 24/7 card-operated access to those sites. With a Gascard account, you get detailed fuel usage reporting and the ability to add or block drivers quickly and easily. We operate three Gascard fueling stations covering Berks County, Chester County and Montgomery County, with locations in Royersford, Spring City and Douglassville.

Safe, efficient bulk fuel delivery

We offer quick bulk fuel delivery services in full transport and tank wagon quantities to businesses throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding five-county region. Bulk deliveries include diesel (with off-road and on-road service), biodiesel, gasoline and heating oil for commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings.

Our highly trained professional drivers are licensed to meet all state and federal regulations, while our staff keeps you informed on your usage patterns to help you make time- and money-saving adjustments. We also offer fixed bulk pricing programs that are ideal for customers with seasonal operations.

Trust us for your fleet fueling needs

We know how much you depend on having a reliable source of quality fuel for your fleet whenever you need it. We’re committed to providing the best fueling solutions to keep your business running smoothly. Contact us today for a fleet fueling consultation or to set up a bulk delivery account.

Benefits of Clean-Burning Bioheat

bioheat fuel Phoenixville, pa Bioheat® is a type of heating oil that is blended with biodiesel, which is made from renewable resources such as vegetable oils or animal fats. Despite its environmental benefits, there are some myths and misconceptions associated with Bioheat. Read on to see a few of those common myths debunked!

Myth: Bioheat is Not as Efficient as Traditional Heating Oil.

Fact: Bioheat is just as efficient as traditional heating oil. In fact, it can often burn more cleanly and efficiently, resulting in reduced emissions and improved efficiency.

Myth: Bioheat is Expensive.

Fact: While the initial cost of Bioheat may be slightly higher than traditional heating oil, the long-term benefits, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and support for domestic agriculture, can make it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice.

Myth: Bioheat Requires Special Equipment.

Fact: Bioheat can be used in existing heating oil systems without any modifications. It is compatible with standard oil-burning equipment, making the transition to Bioheat relatively seamless.

Myth: Bioheat is Harmful to the Environment.

Fact: Bioheat is considered a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional heating oil. It is derived from renewable resources, which helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Myth: Bioheat Production Competes with Food Production.

Fact: Biodiesel used in Bioheat is typically made from recycled cooking oil, algae, or non-food-grade crops. It does not contribute to the demand for edible oils, and efforts are made to use feedstocks that do not impact food supplies.

Myth: Bioheat Freezes Easily.

Fact: The cold flow properties of Bioheat are similar to those of traditional heating oil. Additives can be used to improve its cold weather performance, ensuring that it remains a reliable heating option in colder climates.

Myth: Bioheat has Limited Availability.

Fact: The availability of Bioheat has been increasing, and many heating oil providers offer Bioheat blends. As awareness of renewable energy grows, it is likely to become even more widely available.

Myth: Bioheat is Not Regulated.

Fact: Bioheat is subject to regulations and standards to ensure its quality and performance. Standards such as ASTM D6751 and ASTM D396 provide guidelines for biodiesel and heating oil, respectively.

Myth: Bioheat Has a Short Shelf Life.

Fact: Like traditional heating oil, Bioheat has a long shelf life and can be stored for an extended period without degradation.

Myth: Bioheat Requires More Maintenance.

Fact: Bioheat does not require additional maintenance compared to traditional heating oil. Regular maintenance practices for heating oil systems are applicable to both Bioheat and traditional heating oil.

When you need Bioheat Plus heating oil, turn to Oehlert Bros.

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.

Turn to Oehlert Bros. for cleaner-burning Bioheat Plus Heating Oil for your eastern Pennsylvania home. Find out if you’re in our service area and become a customer today.

All about Heating Oil in Pennsylvania

heating oil montgomery county, pa The terms “fuel oil” and “heating oil” are often used interchangeably, which can be a bit confusing for customers. In general, both fuel oil and heating oil refer to a type of petroleum-based fuel that is used for heating purposes. However, there can be some differences in terminology and usage. Read on to learn more and see a breakdown of the key points about fuel and heating oil in Eastern Pennsylvania.

What is Fuel Oil?

What is Heating Oil?

The common understanding is that when people refer to heating oil in Pennsylvania, they are typically talking about No. 2 heating oil.

Using Oil Heat Pennsylvania: A Summary

It’s important to note that while terminology can vary, and individuals may use “fuel oil” and “heating oil” interchangeably in everyday conversation, when obtaining heating oil for residential purposes in Pennsylvania, you are likely referring to No. 2 heating oil. This type of heating oil is a widely accepted fuel for home heating systems in the state.

Make Oehlert Bros. your source for dependable heating oil service

At Oehlert Bros., we’ve been keeping our Pennsylvania neighbors warm for over 70 years. In fact, Bob Oehlert made his first heating oil delivery on Christmas Eve in 1948 with his nine-year-old son, Jim. From Knauertown to Norristown, Phoenixville to Pottsgrove, Oehlert Bros. provides reliable, safe and courteous delivery of heating oil.

Get in touch with us to learn more about our services and become an Oehlert Bros. customer.

Smart Tips to Lower Fleet Fuel Expenses

fleet fueling Spring City, pa Reducing fleet fuel costs is an essential aspect of managing a cost-effective and environmentally friendly fleet. Here are several strategies to help you minimize your fleet fueling expenses:

Simplify your fleet fueling with 24/7 filling station access

Oehlert Brothers participates in the Gascard Fuel Management System – a national network of more than 130 fueling sites designed to take the administrative hassle out of fleet fueling for businesses and individuals.

Sign up for a Gascard account today through Oehlert Brothers and you’ll get great benefits such as 24/7 card-operated access to participating fueling facilities and detailed reporting on your fuel usage. Adding and blocking drivers to your plan is quick and easy, too – usually able to be done in one business day.

Trustworthy commercial fueling experts you can turn to all year

Reducing fleet fuel costs is an ongoing process that requires a combination of strategies, technologies, and a commitment to continuous improvement. By implementing these measures and staying proactive, you can achieve significant savings while reducing your fleet’s environmental impact. At Oehlert, we’re here to help!

We have a long, proud history of quality work and outstanding service in Pennsylvania. Oehlert Brothers is committed to providing safe, efficient delivery service of bulk fuel. Contact Oehlert Brothers today to set up a bulk delivery account or learn more about our services for your fleet.

Late summer offers great deals on heating oil

heating oil delivery Pottstown, pa When is the most ideal month to purchase your heating oil? It depends! The timing that works best for you can vary depending on several factors, including your location, market conditions, and your specific heating needs. But, late summer tends to be a prime time to get your heating oil at the best price. Read on to learn why and delve further into tips to optimize the timing of your heating oil purchase.

Heating oil trends occur year-round

No matter what time of year you are considering buying your heating oil, there are some general trends to consider, including:

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!

Why Your AC Isn’t Cooling and What You Can Do

ac repair Phoenixville, pa When your central air conditioning system isn’t cooling , there could be a variety of culprits behind the issue. At Oehlert Bros., we’re always here for you. But, it makes sense that you might not want to call in the professionals right away. Read on for some troubleshooting steps you can follow to try to identify and possibly resolve the problem.

Assess your Central AC with DIY Steps

We know that time is of the essence when you’re sweltering in eastern Pennsylvania, and your AC isn’t working. Get started investigating what’s wrong with these DIY steps:

If you’ve tried these troubleshooting steps and still cannot identify or resolve the issue, the experts at Oehlert Bros. have you covered. We possess the expertise to diagnose and fix complex central air conditioning problems safely and efficiently. Avoid attempting any repairs beyond simple troubleshooting if you’re not familiar with HVAC systems, as it can lead to further damage or safety hazards.

Stay cool, trust Oehlert Brothers

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.

Whether you’re ready to explore your AC upgrade options or are seeking evaluation and repair of your current central air system, contact Oehlert Brothers today.

oil price changes pennsylvaniaYou may have noticed that heating oil prices can sometimes be all over the place in Eastern Pennsylvania, and fuel prices seem to be increasing across all industries lately. That’s due in large part to the global factors that influence crude oil prices, since heating oil stems in part from crude oil.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, supply and demand for oil can be impacted by weather events, natural disasters, and political upheaval in parts of the world that the components of heating oil hail from. This can create a drop is storage and supply, and the ensuing buyer anxiety can increase demand in response. To further compound the situation, demand may rise in the U.S. when winters are expected to be especially cold, or people are spending more time at home. But how does this impact your hometown heating oil providers, and by extension, you – the customer? Read on to learn more.

Do oil providers profit from rising prices?

Despite an increased demand for energy, local heating oil providers don’t see any benefit as prices increase, and they don’t have any influence over the pricing structure, either. Buyers may conflate large wholesale suppliers with the local heating oil professionals, but they are not interchangeable.

In fact, Oehlert Bros. Inc., and many other heating oil experts in Pennsylvania, prefer reasonable prices they can pass along to their customers. Things work out better for everyone when customers can get the most for their money, while feeling comfortable and confident in their energy usage. Price hikes brought on by the big wholesalers, on the other hand, contribute to shortages, scrambles, panic buying and ultimately cause folks to cut back on their energy expenditure out of fear.

Oehlert Bros. is here when you need us

At the opposite extreme of the spectrum from hefty price increases, are the questionable “discount” heating oil providers that always seem to be coming and going out of business.

Perhaps you’ve gotten a flyer or seen an ad for some new heating oil discounter. They bait you with a low price, but are they set up to supply heating oil in case of emergency? Probably not. Do they offer equipment service? If they do, it’s through some subcontractor you don’t know. Will they even still be in business in a few months? Maybe, maybe not.

While fly-by-night heating oil “discounters” come and go, Oehlert Bros. remains a heating oil and service provider you can count on to be there for you.

We are on your side when it comes to price fluctuations

The good news is that Oehlert Bros. has a solid plan for combating price increases. We are fortunate to have invested in growing strong partnerships over the years with our heating oil suppliers. These connections allow us to continue to extend the most affordable rates to our customers and neighbors.

From Knauertown to Norristown, Phoenixville to Pottsgrove, Oehlert Bros. provides reliable, safe and courteous delivery of clean, green B20 Bioheat Plus® heating oil. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services. We’ve been keeping our Pennsylvania neighbors warm for over 70 years, and we’d love for you to join the Oehlert Brothers Family!