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Fire it up! Why Cooking with Propane is the Best Way to Cook

Matt Polsinello - Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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A whopping 97% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas. Maybe it’s time you did, too.

Here are 7 benefits to cooking with propane:



• Propane-fueled cook tops offer instant heat and absolute temperature control, allowing cooks to adjust from a boil to a simmer in seconds.

Propane provides a more even heat across the bottom of pots and pans, which means fewer hot spots to scorch sauces or burn the top of that beautiful cake you just popped in the oven.

• Cooking with propane, on average, is less than half the cost of cooking with electricity.

• Gas will respond instantly (electric elements won’t).

• Gas burners have no problems with warped-bottom pans, vs. electric heat elements that require flat-bottom pans to maximize their cooking ability.

• Various energy-savings features (such as pilotless ignition and improved insulation) are also available on propane cooking appliances.

These features can reduce gas consumption by 30 to 50%, further increasing propane’s cost advantage over electricity.

• Propane cooking appliances cover a wide spectrum, from low-cost economy models to deluxe units that combine every imaginable cooking convenience and energy-saving feature.

Isn’t it time you switched to propane for cooking? Call us today (518-465-3535) and let us tell you more! Or, feel free to email us.

More Money for Popsicles: Cutting Your Air Conditioning Costs

Matt Polsinello - Monday, July 28, 2014


Ah, the many monetary demands of summer…vacations, picnics, parties, even the ice cream man. All of us want to stash away a few dollars during the 12 weeks of summer, and even though we rely on central air to keep us cool, we want to save money on utility bills by keeping giving the costs for running the A/C to a minimum. 

Here are 5 Tips to Cutting Your Air Conditioning Costs: 

1)   Keep the system on during the day and at night. Turning it on and off will only make it work harder when it starts back up.  

2)   But adjust the temperature when no one will be home so it doesn’t keep the home too chilly.  

3)   Consider setting temperature at slightly higher temperature. Each degree below 78°F will increase your energy use by 3 to 4%.   

4)   Install ceiling fans to circulate cooled air and keep a breeze going.  

5)   Perform regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Replace the filter monthly during the cooling seaso and have a professional service your system at the beginning of each cooling season. Follow these tips, and you’ll save significantly on utility costs, leaving you with more funds to buy your kids that Fudgsicle, and maybe even one for yourself. Go ahead and splurge. It’s summer after all.


Turn Ons and Turn Offs: When to Run Your Air Conditioner

Matt Polsinello - Monday, July 21, 2014


When the weather forecast calls for hazy, hot and humid days, many of us run to our air conditioner’s thermostat and toggle it down to reach a refreshing 65-degrees. We don’t expect an immediate response, but we do want it comfortable enough to sleep without tossing and turning. As a general rule of thumb, with central air conditioning, it will usually take about one hour to drop around four degrees. 

Common sense may tell you to turn off the A/C the next morning when everyone’s leaving for school or work.  Banish the thought! If the weather is forecast to be scorching for several days, then your air conditioning should be left on. Go ahead and adjust the temperature up or down, but leave the system on during a hot period. 

By keeping the system running at a pleasant temperature, your home will have the humidity removed, which makes the house far more comfortable and livable. 

In contrast, when the weather takes a refreshing turn anticipated to last a few days, go ahead and turn the A/C off and throw open the windows. 

For more advice on keeping your home cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer, call us at Polsinello today.

Keeping Connected: Wireless Thermostats Offer Peace of Mind

Matt Polsinello - Monday, July 14, 2014


All of us have had the experience of leaving our house and realizing an hour later that we left the heat cranking or the air conditioner running to keep it at a cool 65-degrees even though no one’s home. 

Solution: a Wi-Fi Thermostat so you can control the temperature from your computer, iPhone or Android Smartphone. 

Here are 6 reasons why a Wi-fi thermostat is right for you: 

1) You’ll save money by controlling energy output for heat and air conditioning.
 
2) A Wi-fi-thermostat can be set up in less than an hour. 

3) It’s easier to use than you may think. 

4) You can control multiple thermostats remotely. 

5) You have the ability to easily expand the system to control wall switches, lamps, garage door and much more. 

6) You’ll receive temperature alerts if the system senses extremes. Questions about wireless thermostats? We’re ready with answers at Polsinello Fuels.

Keeping Energy Conservation All in the Family:

Matt Polsinello - Monday, July 07, 2014


We all remember our moms yelling at us to turn off the lights when leaving the room. Decades later, this decree is still one of the key lessons to teach our kids. 

Let us shed some light on exactly how much energy can be saved by this one simple task: if Americans all turned off just 2 lights in our homes for an hour, every day, we’ll save more than 5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity across the nation, each year. 

Kids won’t understand kilowatts, but it will be fun for them to turn off lights and watch movies or even shut off their handheld electronics to hang with their family. 

Teach your children to add layers in the winter and shed them in the warmer months. If you see them sporting hoodies in June because the air conditioner’s pumping out too much cooled air, it’s time to change the temp. Ditto for seeing the kids in shorts in winter because the thermostat is turned up too high. 

Remind your kids, lecture them if you must, but when you see the savings on your energy bill, you’ll want to have a family celebration with pizza and a movie. In the dark, of course.

Here’s to the Red, White and Blue

Matt Polsinello - Thursday, July 03, 2014

Whether your weekend plans include a family picnic, excursion to a waterfront or just enjoying time at home, all of us at Polsinello Fuels wish you a happy, safe July 4th holiday! 

Here are 5 fun factoids about July 4th to wow your family and friends on Independence Day: 
  • July Fourth is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone. But despite a nationwide love for the salty snack, no one really knows where the hot dog came from. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, it is "likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities."  
  • Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level -- like Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • While burgers and macaroni salad may be on your cookout menu, according to legend, on July 4, 1776, John Adams and his wife, Abigail, sat down for a celebration meal of turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas, and boiled new potatoes. They followed the meal with Indian pudding or Apple Pandowdy.
  • Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times as signal for bells across the country to start ringing.
  • $190.7 million worth of fireworks were imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports ($197.3 million ).

Home Energy Loss Prevention Checklist: Central Air Conditioning Edition

Matt Polsinello - Monday, June 30, 2014

We all love the way central air conditioning works in our homes: we can move freely from room to room without ever experiencing pockets of heat that make us feel like we’ve just stepped out of the shower. 

Central air conditioning beats back the mugginess and is far more effective than window units. There are steps you can take to ensure your home’s system is in tip-top shape. 

Here’s a primer on home energy loss prevention - central air edition: 

  • Have your system checked on a regular basis. Maintaining the central air conditioning unit is the #1 way to save energy and money. At Polsinello, we’ll give you a maintenance schedule with recommended times to call us for regular inspections and maintenance.  
  • Keep the area around your outside unit clean and free from leaves. Planting trees near the unit will also provide shade during the daytime when the sun is at its highest.
  • Make sure that ducts throughout the system are sealed and insulated. Cooled air can be lost through leaks (and conversely, hot air can seep in), causing the system to work harder.
  • Clean or replace your air filters regularly. Most filters last for 30 days, and then should be cleaned or replaced with new ones.
  • Install weather stripping around the windows and doors of your home to prevent air loss. 
  • Try not to block the vents inside your house. 
  • And of course, keep all exterior doors and windows closed while the air conditioning unit is running. 
 Follow these tips to keep your home’s central air conditioning humming!

Why Install Central Air?

Matt Polsinello - Thursday, June 26, 2014


It’s true: all of us look forward to our vacation time this summer. 

But for the rest of the weeks, we want to be comfortable at work, even when it’s scorching outside. 

Having a commercial HVAC system installed this summer is the right way to keep everyone cool and productive. A central air conditioning system can cool the entire workplace simultaneously, as opposed to window units that work on only one office at a time, and require multiple units.  Central air is efficient, while window units expend enormous amounts of energy, causing your utility bills to skyrocket. 

There’s an added bonus for employees with allergies: there are also air quality benefits to be enjoyed from central air systems that are not available with conventional systems. The filter used in a central air conditioning system can take pollutants and allergens out of the air, and some systems even come with additional features that allow the unit to remove micro-allergens. 

You may not feel exactly like you’re on the ocean shoreline enjoying a cool breeze, but you’ll work comfortably in the workplace with central air conditioning. We’re the experts at Polsinello Fuels, and we’re waiting to tell you more.

When Your Air Conditioner Whines More Than Your Kids: It’s Time to Replace it.

Matt Polsinello - Monday, June 23, 2014

At Polsinello Fuels, our air conditioners are energy-efficient and work hard, but like everything else, they have a shelf life. What should you look for to see if your AC is at the end of its usefulness? 

Here are 4 signs it’s time to replace your air conditioner: 

1)   Your heating or cooling system is noisy or whining. 
2)   Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. If this is the case, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. When correctly installed, these high-efficiency units can save you up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. 
3)   Some rooms in your home are too cold, or too hot. 
4)   No one is home for long periods of the day and you don’t have a programmable thermostat, which can save you $$ on energy costs. 

 Questions about your air conditioner? Call us at Polsinello Fuels for answers.

Don’t Sweat it, Use a Programmable Thermostat

Matt Polsinello - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Outdoor summer weather can be a roller coaster of temperatures: it’s hotter during the day, cooler at night. 

As temps fluctuate outside, your central air conditioning system can handle all the ups and downs with a programmable thermostat. During the high heat of the day, you can set it to keep your home cool; while at night, you’ll likely need less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. When you and your family leave the house during the day for work and school, you can set the temperature on your thermostat to a higher setting, and then bring the heat back down when you arrive home for dinner. 

Programmable thermostats for central air conditioning systems save you time and money. Once set, the thermostat will automatically adjust the air conditioning at various times of the day, keeping you and your family comfortable around the clock. You’ll save money by using less energy during the hours when no one’s home, or when the cool night weather kicks in, requiring less air conditioning inside your home. 

Programmable thermostats are just one more way central air can be energy-efficient and keep the heat at bay. Call us today at Polsinello Fuels to find out more! 


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