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HVAC Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your System Running Smoothly

Matt Polsinello - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Did you know that your HVAC system should be getting some spring cleaning, too? Cleaning your system has significant benefits, including:

Saving You Some Money: Contaminants in the HVAC system causes the system to work harder, meaning your system is wasting precious energy on maintaining itself, rather than heating or cooling your home. When the system doesn't have to work so hard, less energy is used, making it more cost-effective!

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality: HVAC systems are great, but they can pull in and recirculate common allergens and contaminants several times a day. Over a larger span of time, these contaminants build-up in the ductwork of the system. This isn't a huge health risk, but may contribute to allergy flare-ups and exacerbate other respiratory issues in those who are exposed to it. 

How Do I Spring Clean my HVAC System?

Simple tasks can help ensure your system is cost-effective and running smoothly. Some steps you can take to ensure efficiency include:

- Making sure you're changing the filter each month (or vacuuming them out if you have a HEPA filter)
- Clear out the drainage hole on your air conditioner with a small wire or paper clip
- Remove the cover of your bathroom fans and wash it with soapy water
- Inspect the areas around your doors and windows to check for leaks, and caulk as needed
- Repair tears in window and door screens with clear household cement

Add these to your spring cleaning to-do list, and rest assured knowing your system is running smoothly. If, on the off-chance, you find your system is in need of repair or a tune-up, don’t hesitate to contact Polsinello Fuels, Inc!

Weil-Mclain at Polsinello Fuels, Inc.

Matt Polsinello - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Are you in need of a new boiler or water heater? Look no further than our selection of Weil-McLain products!

With the wide range of products offered by Weil-McLain, it's important to take the time to consider what product will best meet your needs.

What's the Difference Between a Boiler and a Water Heater?

Although the terms are sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably, boilers and water heaters are actually quite different. Both do heat water, but they do so in different ways.

A boiler is a structure that is full of tubing, through which water flows and is rapidly heated. Boilers are often used to heat pools, hot tubs, and homes.

Water heaters, on the other hand, is a tank that stores water, as well as heats it.

Picking Your Fuel Option: Polsinello Fuels, Inc. can install oil, gas, or electric boilers from Weil-McLain. So what's the difference between them?

Oil-Fired Boilers: These well built, safe and dependable boiler types require heating oil to be delivered and stored inside a separate oil tank. The prices of the oil will vary, depending on the constantly rising and falling of oil prices which can be offset by enrolling in a price protection program like the one offered by Polsinello Fuels.

Gas-Fired Boilers: These models are highly-efficient and generally can run on propane or natural gas with simple adjustments by a professional installation company like Polsinello.

For more information about choosing your boiler, read this Boiler Buying Guide.

Once you have an idea of what you'd like, contact Polsinello Fuels, Inc. to finalize the process! We look forward to providing you with a more comfortable and energy-efficient solution for your home.

How to Keep Your HVAC System Pest-Free – Polsinello Fuels, Inc.

Matt Polsinello - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

HVAC systems require an exchange between indoor and outdoor air in order to work properly. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained, this exchange of air can provide an opening that might appear to be a warm welcome for any pests that are crawling around outside your door.

Aside from being a nuisance, pests can also cause serious problems with your HVAC system, including:

- Becoming trapped in your system and ultimately causing quite the stink
- Infesting your system and lowering the air quality coming into your home
- If big enough, pests are able to cause damage to the HVAC system, leaving you with costly repairs and a diminished home value

HVAC systems are a necessity for any indoor-dweller, but that doesn't mean you have to accept pests into your home along with it! There are several ways you can work to pest-proof your home, no matter what type of HVAC unit you have:

- Seal It Off: If you suspect that pests are getting in through small openings around your HVAC unit, check it over to ensure that your duct material is still in good shape. Not only will this help with your pest problem, it will save you from losing valuable energy, as well!

- Keep it Dry: As living creatures, all pests need water to survive. Moisture around your HVAC unit is sure to attract pests who may be looking for a new water source to rely on. If you find that the area around your HVAC unit can get a little damp, use a dehumidifier to dry the surrounding area.

- Add Some Screens: Air vents on the exterior of your home can leave easy openings for bugs who are coming out in the warmer months. One of the easiest solutions to this problem is adding mesh screens that can be fitted over the entire vent.

- Be Sure to Change Your Filter: Your filters should be routinely changed every 1-2 months. Changing your filters regularly will improve your air quality and will also give you a chance to check over the unit and be sure there are no infestations occurring.

- Give Us a Call: At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is have your HVAC system inspected and tuned-up. If pests are becoming a problem for you, don't hesitate to contact Polsinello Fuels, Inc. We'll be there to check for signs of an infestation and help correct any issues that are found.

Hurry-Get Your Early Bird Special

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lowering your cost is as easy as 1-2-3 with Polsinello Fuels. Start with scheduling your annual tune-up, then install a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat and apply for a FREE in-home energy audit! Act now and you’ll save over $400!

It’s time for the annual tune-up and if you schedule your tune-up NOW through April 30th, you’ll pay only $219.99. In addition, take advantage of our early bird specials before it’s too late. 

Pricing is valid for all new and current Polsinello customers within our service area. If you would like to learn the details of our early bird specials and to hear what areas we service, contact us today, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions! 

Learn why maintaining your equipment is beneficial!

Prices good for all new and current Polsinello customers within our service area. Thermostat price only available if installed at the time of tune-up. One free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy audit is available per eligible owner of a one-to four-family residential building through NYSERDA.

How to Troubleshoot Common Furnace Issues

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

As any homeowner knows, sometimes problems happen, often at the most inconvenient of times! Be prepared the next time your furnace fails with these troubleshooting steps you can take while you wait for us to arrive:

  • Easy Fixes: Little things can be the problem with your furnace. Check to make sure that the unit did not become unplugged accidentally. If you have an older home, you may want to make sure that a blown fuse isn’t the cause for your heater suddenly not running.

  • Filters: Your system can still be new and in great shape, but if the filter is dirty, the whole thing can easily shut down. Ensure that changing your filter is a part of your routine maintenance plan.

  • Do Some Cleaning: Debris and ice can easily loosen or damage your belt. Turn off the unit, check the fan, and clean out the coils while you make sure that your blower belt is still fully intact. Be sure that after you’re all done, you turn the unit back on to see if it’s up and running again!

  • If All Else Fails… give us a call! Polsinello Fuels, Inc. is here for you.

Toyotomi Has a Product for All of Your Home’s Needs

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No matter what new system you’re in the market for, Toyotomi likely has a great option for you. Why choose Toyotomi? We’ve got a few reasons:

  • Toyotomi is one of the world’s largest producers of heating products
  • Also a leading producer of portable air conditioners
  • All Toyotomi products are UL and CSA listed, and meet International Quality Control Standards ISO9002 and ISO14001.
  • Toyotomi is a winner of the U.S. National Safety Council Award for Achievement in Product Safety

Best of all:

  • Your local professionals at Polsinello Fuels, Inc. can install any Toyotomi system you choose in your home.

Interested in installing a Toyotomi product? Contact Polsinello Fuels today.

The Five Pillars of Polsinello’s Heating Service & Repair

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

One of the luxuries for apartment-dwellers is the convenience and peace of mind that comes with knowing that all repairs will be taken care of for you. Polsinello strives to provide that same peace of mind to homeowners with our heating and repair services. When Polsinello is repairing your heating system, you can rest assured that:

  1. We’re here for You Any Time of Day – Our highly-trained technicians are on-call to respond to your emergencies, no matter what time they may occur. If you’re one of our customers, you’re a part of our family, and that means we will always be there for you when there’s an emergency.

  2. We’ll Tune You Up – However, we’re not only there in the case of an emergency. One of our main beliefs is that preventative maintenance is critical to keep up the well-being of your system, which causes less emergencies in the long-term. This is why we perform annual tune-ups, and even offer discounts for customers who sign up during the spring and summer months.

  3. Service Agreements That Have Your Back – When you sign a service agreement with Polsinello, you can rest easy knowing that professionals at our company are just a phone call away. You’re covered, whether you need a basic maintenance appointment, someone to come out during an emergency, or if you need your equipment serviced.

  4. Flat-Rates That Don’t Leave Room for Surprises – Have you ever hesitated to make a service call out of fear of being blind-sighted by an unexpected costly fee? Our flat-rate system takes the guess work out of how much your service repair will cost. You can make an educated and informed decision because you will be provided a quote before any work is performed.

  5. Highly-Trained Professional Technicians – Most importantly, we take pride in our top-notch team of repair technicians. Our technicians stay up-to-date with the latest technologies in all of the systems we repair through constant training. Polsinello Fuels is also certified and accredited to meet high standards after becoming a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor. Additionally, our technicians are certified by the Oil Heat Institute, and possess certificates from most major heating manufacturers, including the ones that you likely have in your home.

Are you ready to rest easy, knowing that we’ve got your back? Become a Polsinello Fuels, Inc. customer today.

Factors That Determine Your Heating Oil’s Longevity

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The cost of heating oil can be a major concern for any family during the winter months. Fortunately, there are several factors that help you determine how long a tank will last you.

Thermostat Settings: This is one of the biggest factors in heating oil usage. Increasing your thermostat setting a few degrees can deplete your tank much quicker. Our recommendation is to keep your thermostat on an energy-efficient setting.

Outdoor Temperatures: This could be an important, or very insignificant factor, depending on other factors within your home, including:

  • Insulation levels – If your insulation is not up to par, you could be losing a significant amount of heat through the walls and windows.
  • Air tightness – If your building is insulated but there remains a draft, you may still be losing a good amount of heat unnecessarily.

Oil Burning Efficiency: Sometimes, despite all of your efforts to remove other factors that may be raising your heating oil costs, you might need to consider replacing your system altogether. As time goes on, equipment is created to become more energy-efficient and save you money in the long run.

If you find that you have more questions, or are wondering whether or not it’s time for you to receive a new unit, contact Polsinello Fuels today.

Polsinello’s Excellent Customer Service Doesn’t Stop at Installations

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As with any other machine, after installation, sometimes your heating system will need a tune-up to ensure that it is still functioning the best that it can. While Polsinello Fuels stands behind our installation work, we also offer several unique services to maintain your systems, including:

  1. Emergency Repair Service – We know how uncomfortable it can be when your systems aren’t working properly. That’s why we keep highly-trained technicians on-call 24/7 to respond to emergencies.

  2. Annual Tune-Ups – Much like a car needs an oil change regularly, heating and air-conditioning systems require preventative maintenance to maintain their long-term efficiency. All major equipment manufacturers recommend an annual tune-up, just to ensure that the equipment is operative at full capacity. Getting your annual tune-up before the winter is perfect timing!

  3. Heating & Air-Conditioning Service Agreements – Our service agreements are designed for our customers to gain peace of mind, knowing that someone is just a phone call away at the first sign of trouble. Basic maintenance, emergency service calls, and most parts and labor are included in our service agreements.

  4. Flat-Rate Billing – Our Flat-Rate Billing system is designed to take the guess work out of how much a service repair will cost, by providing a quote before the work is performed. This way, our customer is empowered to make educated and informed decisions when they need repairs.

For more information on how Polsinello can help you, feel free to contact us.

Buderus Has the Right Boiler for You!

Matt Polsinello - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After over 60 years in business, we’ve seen a lot of different manufacturers come and go. At Polsinello Fuels, we only carry the most efficient products that we are proud to stand by. Buderus Boilers is one of them!

No matter what your heating requirements may be, Buderus is sure to have the right boiler for you. Decades of experience has led to a modern designed boiler, using the latest combustion and manufacturing technologies. Some of the many benefits from the outstanding features of Buderus Boilers include:

  • Low operating costs
  • Higher comfort levels
  • Easy maintenance

Additionally, Buderus Boilers ensure AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings up to 88% at their full-firing rate, when using recommended burners. The use of one of their modern, high-efficiency boilers also results in much lower flue temperatures.

Contact us today for more information on how our supply of Buderus Boilers can fit your needs.

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