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Home Heating 101

furnaces pennsylvania Heating season is in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s important to have a general understanding of your home’s heating system. Lots of people use the words “furnace” and “boiler” interchangeably, but they’re not the same. They’re both capable of heating your home, but they go about it in different ways.

Is It a Boiler or a Furnace?

Here’s a quick and easy way to tell which type of heating system a home has. Just look for radiators or vents. If a home has radiators (or baseboards), then it also has a boiler. If a home has vents, then it has a furnace.

You can count on Ace-Robbins for boiler installation, boiler service, furnace installation, and furnace service. We offer sales, installation, and repair services for boilers and furnaces at reasonable rates. We sell and work with both heating oil and propane heating systems.

Let’s take a closer look at furnaces.

About Furnaces

A furnace is a forced air system. Furnaces burn a fuel like heating oil or propane to heat air that a blower fan then pushes through your home through a system of ducts that lead to vents.

Ace-Robbins only recommends the highest quality furnaces to our customers. Is it time to replace yours? Here are some signs it might be time to upgrade to a new more energy-efficient furnace:

If you’re not sure whether it’s time to replace your furnace, Ace-Robbins will perform a free, no-obligation furnace evaluation to help you decide.

Furnace Benefits

Furnaces are a popular heating system among homeowners like you in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There are several advantages to having a furnace.

Here are some of the benefits to having a furnace:

Whether you’re ready to upgrade to a new furnace or need maintenance or repairs for the one you already have, you can trust your heating system to the pros at Ace-Robbins.

Contact Ace-Robbins today and join our family of satisfied customers.

Which One Is Right for Your Home?

water heater options pennsylvania It’s easy to take your water heater for granted when it’s working well. But water heaters are an important part of your home. In fact, your water heater accounts for about 20% of your energy bill.

Because of the important role your water heater plays in the comfort and function of your household, you want to have one that is working well and efficiently.

If it’s time, Ace-Robbins can help you upgrade to a more efficient model. We can also repair or maintain the water heater you already have so that it functions optimally.

Types of Water Heaters

Whether you’re in the market for a new water heater or just want to better understand how the water heater you already have works, here are the basic types of water heaters:

Buyer’s Guide

Ace-Robbins can provide water heater installation and service for all makes and models of traditional, tankless, and indirect water heaters. However, we typically recommend the following:

Water heaters can also use different fuels. Ace-Robbins works with both oil-fired and gas-powered water heaters.

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, we can meet with you to discuss your household’s needs, explain your options, and provide you with a free estimate.

We’re here for you.

Whatever your water heater needs—be it repairs, maintenance, or an upgrade, Ace-Robbins is here for you in Northeastern Pennsylvania in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Sullivan, and Wyoming County.

Contact Ace-Robbins today to learn more about our water heater sales and services or to request a free estimate.

What’s the Big Difference?

propaen or natural gas pennsylvania Across America, people tend to use one of a few fuels to heat their homes—heating oil, natural gas, and propane. Ace-Robbins provides propane delivery and heating oil delivery in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We also provide natural gas services and can handle every step of the natural gas conversion process if you decide to add natural gas as an energy source for your home. If you can choose between natural gas and propane to fuel your home, it’s important that you know the difference between the two. Let’s take a look.

Are Propane Gas and Natural Gas the Same?

Propane and natural gas aren’t identical, but they are related and can do many of the same things. They can both heat your home, fuel a vehicle, and run some of the appliances in and around your home.

Natural gas is a substance that’s found beneath the earth’s surface. Natural gas contains within it other gases that can be removed from it through certain processes. Propane is one of those gases. Natural gas can be a liquid, a compressed gas, or an uncompressed gas.

Propane, also called liquefied petroleum gas (or LPG), is stored as a liquid after it is separated from natural gas during processing. So while they’re related, propane and natural gas are not exactly the same. Let’s explore some of the other ways they are related and different.

Storage & Transportation

For most customers, the most noticeable difference between propane and natural gas is how each is stored and delivered. To have a home that uses natural gas, your neighborhood must have natural gas services. Natural gas is delivered to homes through pipelines overseen by a utility. Unless there is an issue, your supply to natural gas once your home is connected to the pipeline is limitless. There’s no need for delivery. There’s no need for a storage tank.

Propane, on the other hand, is highly portable, so it’s ideal for people who live in remote areas or neighborhoods without natural gas pipelines. It can come in a canister small enough to put in your vehicle (usually to power small appliances like a grill) or it can be delivered to your aboveground or underground storage tank. Propane storage tanks come in a variety of sizes, the largest of which are large enough to satisfy a home that uses hundreds of gallons of propane a month for things like home heating, running appliances, and maintaining a whole-house generator. And while you do need propane to be delivered regularly, Ace-Robbins offers a free automatic delivery service, so you’ll never have to worry about running out. We also offer tank monitors for a nominal fee which let you check your tank’s level from anywhere on your phone or mobile device.

Efficiency & Cost

Both propane and natural gas will run your appliances more efficiently and cost-effectively than electricity will. Which is more cost effective for you depends largely on where you live, so it’s wise to do your homework. Propane usually costs more than natural gas, but it’s also capable of generating about twice the heat. Getting a new natural gas line installed costs more than getting a new propane tank, but it could save you money on your energy bills in the long run.

The Bottom Line

Both natural gas and propane offer you many of the same advantages. They both provide efficient and comfortable home heating. They can both power appliances like water heaters and clothes dryers more efficiently than electricity. And they both offer you precise temperature control when cooking.

Whichever you choose for or use in your home, Ace-Robbins can help. We offer safe, reliable, and affordable propane delivery as well as propane tank installation and monitoring. We can also help you through the process of converting your home to natural gas while adhering to the highest standards of safety. We also install, maintain, and repair both propane and gas boilers, furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, and hearths.

Join our family of satisfied customers today. Contact Ace-Robbins for more information on the propane and natural gas services we offer.

heating oil supplier pennsylvania Heating season has begun. We’ve already seen the temperatures dip here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is the season when your furnace or boiler has to start working harder and harder to keep you and your family comfortably warm. It’s also the season when your need for heating oil is going to increase.

If you’re an Ace-Robbins customer, you’ve got a heating oil provider you can trust. Our dependable and affordable heating oil delivery service will keep you warm all winter long.

Ace-Robbins delivers ultra-low-sulfur heating oil that burns more cleanly than traditional heating oil and produces fewer emissions. So you can feel good about using it in your Pennsylvania home. Let’s take a closer look at what heating oil is and why it’s a good choice for your home.

Where Does Heating Oil Originate From?

Heating oil comes from crude oil that has gone through a refining process called distillation. During the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that fuels your home’s furnace or boiler.

As we mentioned earlier, Ace-Robbins delivers an ultra-low-sulfur heating oil that’s cleaner and more efficient than traditional heating oil. It’s good for your budget and the environment. It should also help your heating system last longer and need fewer repairs.

The Benefits of Using Heating Oil

Now that you know what heating oil is, let’s explore some of the benefits it offers:

Count on Ace-Robbins

At Ace-Robbins, we keep up with the latest developments in heating fuel and equipment to best serve our customers.

And from Bradford to Wyoming county, from Lackawanna to Luzerne, and from Susquehanna to Sullivan, we offer our customers high-quality fuel and quick and reliable service.

If you haven’t already, make Ace-Robbins your heating oil provider and enjoy the benefits of using superior ultra-low-sulfur heating oil.

Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information or to schedule your next heating oil delivery.

gas log sets pennsylvania Winter is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a way to add cozy comfort to your Northeastern Pennsylvania home, Ace-Robbins sells and installs propane fireplaces, propane fireplace inserts, and gas log sets.

Let’s take a closer look at the kind of logs gas fireplaces use.

What Is a Gas Log?

As opposed to the wood that burns in a traditional fireplace, a gas fireplace uses gas logs that include piping and logs made of ceramic (or sometimes cement). The piping directs the propane gas through holes in the logs. Once ignited, the propane produces a steady flame by burning harmlessly on the surface of the ceramic logs.

Getting a fire started with a gas log is much easier than getting a traditional fire started. Gas logs can be ignited with the turn of a knob or the push of a button on a remote control. How easy is that?

Gas Logs vs. Firewood

Propane fireplaces, inserts, and gas log sets have a lot to offer. Here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

Propane Hearth Products from Ace-Robbins

If you already have a wood-burning fireplace, you can still enjoy the benefits of a propane hearth product with a propane log set or propane fireplace insert. Whatever you choose, Ace-Robbins will see that your hearth product is expertly installed and maintained so you and your family can enjoy it for years and years.

If you don’t have a fireplace at all, now is a great time to explore getting a propane fireplace installed. It’s more affordable than you think. And the experts at Ace-Robbins can help you choose the product that will best suit your needs and preferences. Then we’ll get it installed quickly and safely so you can start enjoying it the first cool night of the season.

And if you’ve got a Propane Heat Maintenance Plan with Ace-Robbins, you can add coverage for your propane gas fireplace.

Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information or to request a free estimate on a propane hearth product that will fit your home and lifestyle.

Ultra-Low-Sulfur Heating Oil

clean home energy pennsylvaniaThere are a lot of reasons to be an Ace-Robbins customer. We offer dependable and affordable heating oil delivery. Given how bitterly cold it can get in Pennsylvania during the winter months, you want to have a fuel company you can count on to deliver no matter what. Ace-Robbins is that company.

As a full-service fuel company, we give you the option for free automatic delivery (which greatly reduces the likelihood of a runout), a wireless tank monitor (which we lease to you for a nominal fee), or will-call delivery (monitor your tank and request delivery yourself as needed).

Another great thing about being an Ace-Robbins customer is the quality of our heating oil. The heating oil we deliver is cleaner and more efficient than heating oil has ever been.

The New Oil Heat

The oil heat industry of today isn’t the same as it was in our parents’ time. It continues to make progress. This is evidenced by the products on the market now. They are cleaner and more efficient than ever before. This is in part due to the lower sulfur levels of modern heating oil.

In addition to great service, you get a superior heating oil product from Ace-Robbins. We are a leader in providing the best heating oil product in Pennsylvania. And the heating oil we deliver has an ultra-low sulfur content.

In fact, Ace-Robbins has done more than meet the minimum state requirements for heating oil. We’ve gone above and beyond and held ourselves to a higher standard. Several years ago, Pennsylvania required a 75% reduction in sulfur for heating oil. However, the heating oil Ace-Robbins delivers contains 99% less sulfur than standard heating oil. That’s how committed we are to the environment and the well-being of our customers.

If you’re an Ace-Robbins customer, every gallon of heating oil we deliver to you burns cleaner and produces fewer emissions than standard heating oil. It’s also more efficient and is better for the longevity of your heating system.

Ultra-Low-Sulfur Heating Oil: The Benefits

There are a number of reasons that ultra-low-sulfur heating oil is better than traditional heating oil. Sulfur causes buildups, and buildups increase the need for repairs and add to your maintenance costs. In addition to saving money on maintenance costs for your heating equipment, you’ll also save money on your bills because of the increased efficiency of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. You can also feel good about using our heating oil, because the ultra-low-sulfur heating oil Ace-Robbins delivers will burn more cleanly and produce fewer emissions than conventional heating oil.

Count on Ace-Robbins

At Ace-Robbins, we keep up with the latest developments in heating fuel and equipment to best serve our customers. We remain committed to providing our customers with green solutions.

From Bradford to Wyoming county, from Lackawanna to Luzerne, and from Susquehanna to Sullivan, Ace-Robbins gives our customers quick and reliable service. If you haven’t already, make Ace-Robbins your heating oil provider and enjoy the benefits of using superior ultra-low-sulfur heating oil.

Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information or to schedule your next heating oil delivery.

The Ace-Robbins EZ Pay Plan

fuel payments pennsylvaniaIncreases in fuel prices this year have affected us all. Unfortunately, the volatility of energy prices in the global markets is beyond our control. We can’t limit how high fuel prices go in the future or how long the increase lasts. However, we can still help make your winter fuel payments less of a burden. In fact, you could see your winter payments cut in half!

Sound too good to be true? It isn’t’! We help keep fuel costs affordable for our customers by offering them the opportunity to enroll in our EZ Pay Plan. There’s no gimmick. It’s a real and simple way to keep your fuel costs predictable and affordable.

Inflation has forced many households in Northeastern Pennsylvania to economize more than they’ve had to in the past. This is a time when being able to keep any part of your budget consistent and predictable is really helpful. That’s what our EZ Pay Plan does—it means you’ll know exactly how much your fuel bill will be every single month. Say goodbye to surprises on your fuel bill. Stop worrying about price increases. Simply pay the same predetermined about every month.

The Savings Are Real

Ace-Robbins can help you pay less for fuel this winter. Want proof? Ace-Robbins customers who participated in our Prebuy program or our EZ Pay Price Cap program last year saved a significant amount of money. Even though fuel prices skyrocketed, they didn’t pay a penny more than the rate they’d locked in.

We can’t tell you how much fuel prices may increase in the future. But any price increase could make balancing your budget more difficult, especially during the winter months when your fuel usage is also going to increase as you seek to keep your family warm. This is one of the reasons Ace-Robbins encourages our propane and heating oil customers to enroll in our EZ Pay Plan now—before the onset of the heating season. Don’t get saddled with unpredictably high fuel bills this winter. Instead, have your monthly heating costs split into 12 equal payments.

EZ Pay Plan Benefits

There is no additional cost to participate in our EZ Pay Plan. Enrollment is free. However, there are a lot of benefits to enrollment. First of all, the Ace-Robbins EZ Pay Plan makes your fuel payments predictable. When the market is volatile, it’s nice to have a part of your budget you can count on to stay consistent.

However, the EZ Pay Plan doesn’t just make your payments predictable, it also lowers them with the following opportunities to save:

  1. Sign up for automatic payments via EFT (electronic funds transfer), and we’ll give you a $25 fuel credit.
  2. EZ Pay Plan customers get a 15-cent-per-gallon discount on every delivery.
  3. EZ Pay Plan customers who are 65 years old or more get an additional 5-cent-per-gallon discount (for a total of 20 cents per gallon off every delivery).

Ace-Robbins Delivers Value

Ace-Robbins is committed to delivering real value every day to our customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Take the stress and guesswork out of your fuel costs. Enroll in a price protection program now so you can enjoy even and predictable payments this heating season.

Contact Ace-Robbins today to learn more or to enroll in our EZ Pay Plan.

Now Is the Time to Enroll in a Service Plan

fireplace service pennsylvaniaChances are you’re thinking about ways to beat the heat and stay cool right now. This summer is already a scorcher with record highs across the country and around the world. With summer in full swing, you may not be thinking about your fireplace or hearth, but now is a great time to think about it. Winter will return to Northeastern Pennsylvania before you know it, and you’ll want to be ready.

It’s easy to make sure your fireplace or heath will be in tip-top shape. Simply enroll in the Ace-Robbins Gas Fireplace Plan.

Service Plan Benefits

Here are some of the benefits to enrolling in our Gas Fireplace Plan:

Service Visit Checklist

As a Gas Fireplace Plan customer, you’ll receive an annual cleaning and service visit. During that visit, one of our expert technicians will do the following:

  1. Vacuum the heat exchanger and fire box.
  2. Remove and inspect glass for cracks and inspect the gasket.
  3. Clean the glass.
  4. Remove and vacuum logs and inspect them for cracks and/or broken logs.
  5. Clean and inspect the burner and check shutter adjustment is at the proper setting.
  6. Clean and inspect the burner orifice.
  7. Clean and inspect the thermocouple and thermopile.
  8. Test the ignition and safety controls.
  9. Check the operation of the blower (if applicable).
  10. Remove and replace the batteries in the remote and receiver (if applicable, batteries cost extra unless supplied).
  11. Check the wall switch for proper operation (if applicable).
  12. Clean and inspect the pilot orifice for a proper flame pattern.
  13. Check vents for blockage.
  14. Check the manifold pressure at valve and adjust (if needed) according to manufacturer’s specifications.
  15. Check and inspect all wiring connections.
  16. Supply and install any decorative rock wool for maximum visual appearance.

Propane Equipment Maintenance Plan

Customers with propane heating equipment can also sign up for a maintenance plan that includes an annual cleaning and service visit. Enrollment helps prevent unexpected system repair costs by catching small problems before they become bigger and more expensive problems.

When you sign up for an Ace-Robbins service plan, our experts will help to ensure that your system is running optimally—both safely and efficiently. Over the years we’ve found that propane appliances covered by our Maintenance Plan typically last longer and cost less to operate than those without coverage. So why not sign up and give yourself some additional peace of mind as well as savings over the lifetime of your equipment?

Delivering Real Value Daily

Ace-Robbins is committed to helping our customers save money while keeping their families comfortable and safe. We serve customers from Bradford to Wyoming county, from Lackawanna to Luzerne, and from Susquehanna to Sullivan. Click here to enter your zip code and find out if you’re in our service area.

Summertime is a great time to make sure you’re ready for winter. Contact Ace-Robbins today for more information on our service plans.

Membership Has Its Benefits

central air service pennsylvaniaWe are officially in the dog days of summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. All across the country and around the world, this summer has brought record-breaking heat with it. At a time like this, you want to know that your central air conditioning or ductless mini-split system is able to take the heat and keep you cool.

The best way to keep your AC or ductless system in fighting shape is to have it receive regular maintenance. That’s something that the expert technicians at Ace-Robbins do as part of our Cooling Maintenance Plan. A professionally maintained cooling system runs more efficiently than one that doesn’t receive maintenance, and it’s less likely to break down unexpectedly.

The Ace-Robbins Cooling Maintenance Plan

Your HVAC system is an important component of your home and is integral to your family’s comfort. Our Cooling Maintenance Plan, which includes an annual multi-point tune-up, will ensure that your AC or ductless system is operating as efficiently as possible. That saves you money on energy bills. Regular maintenance is also a great way to avoid unexpected repairs by catching issues early. Additionally, you’ll extend the life of your system. And whenever your system does require repairs, as a Cooling Maintenance Plan member, you’ll save 20%.

Don’t wait for something to go wrong. During a summer like this, you don’t want to risk having your cooling system fail on the hottest day of the year. Sign up for our Cooling Maintenance Plan and face the rest of the summer with the confidence that your cooling system won’t let you down.

You Can Count on Ace-Robbins

You can count on Ace-Robbins to keep you cool all summer with our full range of cooling services for central air conditioning systems and ductless mini-split units. We offer affordable rates for the installation, repair, and service in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Sullivan, and Wyoming County. Click here to see if you live in our service area.

Contact Ace-Robbins today to schedule your next service visit or to enroll in our Cooling Maintenance Plan.

Electricity Isn’t the Whole Answer

green energy options pennsylvaniaAce-Robbins care about giving our customers affordable and green energy options for their Northeastern Pennsylvania homes. We offer a number of green solutions for our environmentally-conscious customers. We deliver clean-burning fuels and install high-efficiency equipment that is good for the environment and your budget.

The Full Story

The electrification movement doesn’t tell the full story. Although electricity has valuable applications, it isn’t the whole answer when it comes to making the most eco-friendly choices. In fact, because so much domestic electricity originates from coal-burning power plants, it’s actually our country’s second leading source of carbon emissions. Additionally, America’s electric grid is aging, flawed, and prone to outages. We need an infrastructure upgrade all around.

On the flip side, there have been innovations in traditional fuels like propane and heating oil that have increased their renewable content. For example, the heating oil we deliver is ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. It contains 99% less sulfur than standard heating oil, so it burns cleaner and generates fewer emissions.

Propane has long been considered one of the cleanest carbon-based fuels available. It generates a significantly smaller amount of greenhouse gases than the majority of other energy sources. Propane is also nontoxic, so it poses no threat to the soil, water, or organisms if there’s a spill.

Go Green with Ace

Ace-Robbins cares about the environment and offers our customers a variety of affordable green solutions for their homes. Our experts are here to install and service high-efficiency, green equipment. We also are proud of the clean-burning fuels we deliver.

If you’re in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Sullivan, or Wyoming County, let Ace-Robbins help you incorporate green solutions in your home. Click here to see if you live in our service area.

Contact Ace-Robbins today to learn more.