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Do You Need to Buy an Energy Efficient Heater for Your Home?

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One of the reasons many homeowners in the Delaware Valley area dread the frigid winter months is because they have come to expect overwhelming heating bills. If you’re tired of skyrocketing bills during the coldest months of the year, you might want to consider investing in an energy-efficient heater. One of those units will slash your monthly bills, and the team at Oliver could have your new heating system up and running before you know it.

What Is an Energy Efficient Heater?

When determining how efficient a heating system truly is, you must consider some of the science behind the technology. All heating systems use some source of energy to heat air or water. The amount of energy that is wasted during that process will affect the efficiency of the system. If 100% of the energy is turned into heat, then that system would be considered 100% efficient. Unfortunately, there are no heaters on the market today which are 100% efficient, luckily some of the leading HVAC manufacturers have made amazing breakthroughs in recent years.

Benefits of an Energy Efficient Heater

There are many different reasons why you might want to upgrade to an energy-efficient heater. For many homeowners, the biggest benefit is the amount of money that they save every month. Depending on how often you use your heater and how well insulated your home is, an energy-efficient unit could potentially pay for itself within a matter of years. Your new heater is also going to waste much less energy, and that will greatly reduce your family’s carbon footprint. As an added bonus, most modern heaters are incredibly well-built, and they often last for over 15 years or longer with the proper maintenance.

Broken Heater ColdSigns You Need a New Heater

Your heating bill is naturally going to change throughout the year, but you should investigate further if it suddenly skyrockets. A huge energy bill that came out of nowhere could be a sign that your heating system is nearing the end of its lifespan. Your heater might also need to be replaced if it can no longer keep your home at a consistent temperature. Older units often have to stay on constantly or repeatedly turn off and on when the weather is particularly cold outside. Some of the other signs you may need a new heater include unusual smells coming from the vents, loud noises, and poor indoor air quality.

Top Notch Heating Services

Here at Oliver, we understand that your heating system is vital to your family’s health and comfort, and that is why we offer top-notch HVAC services. In addition to our quick and affordable service calls, we can also assist you with 24/7 emergency repairs. Our team can answer your call at any time of the day, and we will do everything in our power to get your heater working again as quickly as possible. To learn more about the many benefits of an energy-efficient heater, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly and experienced representatives.


5 Benefits of a Heat Pump Installation

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Are you in the market for a new heater or air conditioning system? Consider a heat pump installation from Timothy Off. Heat pumps act as both a heater and an air conditioner to make home comfort an easy choice. During the summer, these units absorb the heat inside your home and release it outdoors, returning the cooler air to your living space. During the winter, the process is simply reversed to provide warm air for your home. Here are five benefits of a heat pump installation:

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Solar Power 101

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As our society continues to “go green”, we continue to invest in the natural resource of the sun to produce our energy. While small businesses, corporations, and homeowners alike have incorporated solar power into their lives, many still may not know exactly how we’re able to extract energy from the sun. Here’s a simple breakdown:

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3 Benefits of a Lutron Caséta Wireless Installation

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Have you always wanted more control over your home? At Oliver, we offer Lutron Caséta Wireless, a state-of-the-art home technology installation that can make your everyday life easier in a variety of ways. Here’s why our home electrical service experts recommend Lutron Caséta:

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Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

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These days, a water heater is an essential appliance in your home. Without one, you can’t take hot showers, wash your clothes in hot water, or use your dishwasher. Whether you’re buying a new hot water heater or looking for a replacement, here are some things to know:

How They Work

When deciding on a water heater, you’re going to want to know how each type operates. In a tank water heater, anywhere from 30 gallons to 80 gallons of water is stored in a large tank and is continuously heated. This means the water is ready to go whenever you turn your faucet or shower on. When you turn on the hot water using a tankless water heater, however, the water you need will travel into the unit on-demand and be heated by a heating element before it’s distributed.

Cost

As you can probably imagine, tankless water heaters cost about three times more than tank water heaters. This is because these units usually require larger gas lines and vent lines than tank units. Also, when it comes to replacements, a new tank water heater can usually use the same lines as the old one, whereas a tankless water heater may need new lines. Tankless water heaters tend to last a few years longer, however.

Energy Efficiency

Generally, tankless water heaters are more efficient than tank water heaters, however, the way you heat your home (whether it’s via gas or electricity) can play a part. According to energy.gov, “gas-fired tankless water heaters tend to have higher flow rates than electric ones [and] can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light.” This means that they can be less efficient than a gas-fired tank water heater, since the pilot light constantly heats the water and the energy is wasted.

Power Outages

If you’re in an area that experiences frequent power outages, you may want to stay away from tankless water heaters. Because they don’t store hot water, you won’t be able to activate their heating element if you don’t have power. With a tank water heater, however, you’ll have a supply of hot water (though limited).

If you’re still not sure which water heater is right for you, call our water heater service experts. We’ll explain more about each kind and find out which fits your lifestyle.


How to Cool the Second Floor of Your Home

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Is your home’s second floor too hot? You’re not alone. Many homeowners experience a second floor that simply doesn’t seem to be getting any air conditioning during the summertime. Here, our air conditioning experts share some tips on what may be causing the situation and how to cool it down:

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12 Ways to Save Electricity

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At Oliver, we know how important the environment is and how many people are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint. That’s why we put together a list of 12 tips on how to save electricity (and in return, save money):

1. Block/use the sun

In the summer, direct sunlight on your house makes it warmer, which means your air conditioner will need to work harder to cool it. Use your blinds and invest in thick curtains to block sunlight out during the day. In the winter, open your blinds or curtains to let the sun warm up your house.

2. Unplug your appliances

Even when you’re not using them, appliances that are plugged in can still use electricity. The best thing to do is unplug any appliances that you’re not using.

3. Don’t overpay for utilities

In Pennsylvania and many other states, you can choose your own electric provider, so shop around for the one with the best rates. You may be able to save more than you think.

4. Use/install ceiling fans

Ceiling fans make you feel nearly four degrees cooler in the summer and can push warm air downward in the winter to make you feel warmer. This means you won’t have to run your heater or air conditioner as often, which saves electricity.

5. Put lamps in the corner

When you put your lamps in the corner, their light will be reflected off of two walls instead of just one, which makes the room brighter and lessens the amount of lamps you need.

6. Keep your home warmer/cooler

In the winter, lower your thermostat a few degrees and you’ll save money on your energy bills. In the summer, turn it up a little.

7. Hang your clothes to dry

Instead of wasting energy using your dryer, hang your clothes to dry on a clothing rack or outside on a clothing line.

8. Switch light bulbs

Switch out your incandescent light bulbs to ones that are energy efficient. These days, bulbs like LEDs, CFLs, and halogens all use less energy than traditional fluorescent ones and also last longer.

9. Ditch the oven

Instead of a traditional oven, use a microwave or toaster oven to heat up your leftovers. You’ll use a lot less electricity.

10. Fill your freezer

Freezers work more efficiently when they’re full, so try to keep your freezer fully stocked. You can even put frozen containers of water in there just to fill it up.

11. Service your HVAC unit

Each year, have a professional (like our HVAC maintenance specialists!) inspect your HVAC unit and make sure that it’s running efficiently. If it’s not, you could be wasting energy.

12. Run full loads

Like freezers, dish washing machines and clothes washing machines both are more efficient when full, so make sure you fill them both before you run them through a cleaning cycle.