Enjoy an Early Bird Discount for Furnace/Boiler Service
You wouldn’t hesitate to clean this child’s face, would you? So why do you hesitate to clean and service the hardest working appliance in your home? Your furnace or boiler keeps your home warm and cozy all winter long, sometimes starting as early as September and often running to the beginning of May. I’ve even been known to turn the heat on in July if it’s been cold and wet just to take the chill out of the house.
Why clean your furnace/boiler? Most furnaces are in a basement, crawl space or utility room. These areas aren’t places that you normally keep dust and dirt free. The average furnace is a magnet for dirt and dust.
Think about changing the oil in your car. You change the filter and oil in the car every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. You get a tune-up, rotate the tires, take it to the car wash, maybe even get the inside detailed. Your furnace has been running for months. Faithfully providing you with heat and perhaps hot water. To keep running at its peak efficiency, it needs yearly maintenance.
A central furnace/boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a normal year. The older the furnace, typically, the lower the AFUE. You want your furnace/boiler to run at its peak efficiency. When your heating system isn’t maintained properly, you can expect its efficiency to decrease.
To help encourage you to schedule your annual heating system tune-up, CES is offering a 15% discount off your bill if you have the tune-up completed before May 1st. Keeping your system properly tuned will save you money on fuel usage and extends its life while ensuring dependability next season. Contact us today at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.
*Note: CES only performs service for our own heating fuel customers.
Well that depends. Lately, we’ve been seeing quite a few bad tanks come in for refill. What makes a tank bad or unsafe for refill? A few things.
Propane is stored in liquid form in a high-pressure tank. It vaporizes, or turns into gas, when its pressure is lowered by opening the valve on the tank. The condition of the tank along with the date of manufacture play into the ability to have the tank refilled.
All propane tanks, 100 pounds or less, have an expiration date of 10 years from the date of manufacture stamped onto its collar. The date is in a month-year format, for example 12-05 for December 2005. Since it’s now 2020, pay attention to dates from the year 2010 or older. They will be or are expired.
Propane tanks can also be recertified. If the tank was recertified, there will be a second date printed on the collar (or a decal) with a letter E next to the date. In this case, you would go with the most recent date. Recertified tanks have a shorter life span than new. They must be recertified every 5 years after this initial recertification.
Tanks also can’t be refilled unless they have an overfilling protection device or OPD. This really shouldn’t be an issue with any tank that is in date as the regulation that required them became effective September 30, 1998. To be certain, make sure the tank has a triangular valve. I may also have the letters OPD printed on it.
A tank may also be refused for refilling if it has any damage, dents or significant rust on the outside. The collar and base ring must be securely fastened and not show damage.
So, if the person that usually refills your tank refuses, know that there’s a safety reason for their refusal. All of our AllGas locations offer tank refilling. Click here to find your closest location.
What you need to know
Next to heating and air conditioning, water heating eats up a large chunk of your home’s energy budget. A whopping 25% to be exact! Old, inefficient and leaking water heaters can use even more. What to do if it’s time to replace that dinosaur in the basement? You should investigate switching to propane, especially if you already have propane gas service at your home for other appliances.
If you’re not in a panic to replace a leaking water heater, spend some time researching the pros and cons of each fuel source. There is a ton of information available on the internet. Here’s a couple items to look at:
- Price to purchase and install: Generally speaking, an electric water heater is cheaper to purchase and if you already have on in place, also cheaper to install. Swapping the similar equipment makes sense or does it? While the electric water might have a lower initial cost, over the life of the water heater, propane will cost less. The savings comes from propane’s higher BTU input compared to electric. Propane puts out an impressive 92,000 BTU/gallon, where electricity is a paltry 3,413 BTU/kilowatt hour.
- Have you ever been in the middle of singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in the shower and run out of hot water? No? Huh, that must just be me! Propane water heaters will keep you in hot water longer because they tend to heat up more quickly (Review #1). The recovery rate and first-hour rating (FHR) determine if a unit will meet your home’s water heating needs.
Recovery rate (or time) is the amount of hot water that your water heater can provide in a given period of time once it has been completely drained. It is measured in gallons per hour and provides a basic idea of the speed your water heater provides hot water. Typically, manufacturers will list a recovery rate based upon a 90°F output temperature. This number is important if you have a high hot water demand. What you will find is that propane water heaters usually have a higher recovery rate than electric heaters because of the greater BTU output.
First Hour Rating is a calculation used to explain the capability of a water heater to fully heat water within the first hour of use. To get a water heater’s FHR, you need to multiply the tank’s maximum capacity by 70% and add the result to the heater’s recovery rate. The result is the first hour rating measured by gallons per hour. Why only 70%? When you use hot water from the tank, cold water enters (typically from the bottom). This causes the overall water temperature to drop inside the tank. The theory is once you have used 70% of the tank’s hot water capacity, the water now in the tank is cold.
These two numbers are either provided on the Energy Star Rating label or manufactures information statement. Check out the manufacturer’s website. A lot of information can be found. What you can expect to discover is that propane heats water faster so you can get more Mama Mias in when taking a shower.
Water heating is an integral part of every home and it’s likely that you won’t think about it until you run out or something goes wrong. Plan ahead and you will be able to make an educated decision regarding the replacement of your water heater.
Propane is a GREAT choice for your generator, but it can do so much more!
Propane can be your fuel source for heat, cook your food, warm up your water and light up your fireplace. If you already have a propane tank in your yard for a generator, why not take advantage of everything it can do.
You can use propane for:
- Furnaces & Boilers – you can even convert an oil unit to propane!
- Fireplaces & Stoves – loose the mess that wood creates and enjoy the efficiency of gas.
- Water Heaters – on-demand tankless and tank styles water heaters work in most situations.
- Space Heaters – direct vent, vent free and garage heaters are all available.
- Pool Heaters – enjoy your swimming pool longer with a propane heater.
- Firepits – there is nothing like sitting around a firepit after a long day of work! No ash, no mess.
So when it comes time to replace an appliance, add some energy efficiency to your home, or some simple beauty in a log-set or fireplace – don’t overlook the propane that’s already at your home for your generator. Propane can do that!
Call 800-874-1975 or complete the form below for a FREE quote.
CES offered an incentive to sign up for automatic delivery by giving away a snowblower to one random winner. The winner was selected from Combined Energy Services automatic delivery customers on Wednesday, January 22, and the lucky customer was Ken & Alissa Geringer of Rock Hill.
The Geringers, along with their fur baby Duke, took ownership of the snowblower from Sales Representative Moose Liff. Long-time automatic delivery customers, they appreciate CES’s support of animal charities. Duke is a former resident of the Sullivan County SPCA, an organization we are proud to support.
Ken said “I feel like I won the lottery! I never win anything.”
There are many benefits of enrolling in automatic deliveries:
- No More Waiting for heating fuel. Don’t you hate when you run out of heating fuel? You call to schedule a delivery and the company you’re calling informs you that the delivery cannot be until next week? With automatic deliveries, you don’t have to worry!
- No More Scheduling Deliveries. Our system monitors your usage and schedules a delivery based off that information.
- No More Gauge Checking. Forget about having to check gauges anymore. We monitor your tank, so you don’t have to!
- No More Out-Of-Gas Situations. There’s nothing worse than running out of heating fuel. With auto delivery, you shouldn’t run out of fuel*.
- Get Even More Protection with our Remote Tank Monitoring System. For a small monthly fee (or free is you use 600 gallons per year), customers can sign up and receive a wireless tank monitoring system. Ideal for homes with high usage or second homes and cottages, this added protection allows us to remotely monitor your system. We also have a remote monitoring application for fuel oil – the Smart Oil Gauge. Learn more!
- Use the CES Smartphone App for even more account insight! With both Apple & Android applications, the CES app is a great way to manage your account. You can view the estimated amount remaining in your tank, look at historical data (both payments & deliveries) and pay your bill. All with just a few swipes on the phone.
Call your local CES office at 800-874-1975 to sign up today!