Winterize Your Home to Save Money This Season

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Did you know up to 20% of your energy bill could be going out the window? Literally!

Poorly-insulated windows and doors can cause warm air to escape from your home, making your furnace work harder to maintain your desired temperature. Not only does this increased workload cause your heating bill to skyrocket, it can also lead to costly breakdowns.

Here are a few things you can do to winterize your home and trim down your energy bill:

Seal Air Leaks

One of the biggest contributors to heat loss is air leaks around windows and doors. Luckily, these leaks can be fixed quick and easy using weatherstripping, caulking, or a draft stop.

Store Away Air Conditioners

If you use window ACs to keep cool during the summer months, take them out during the winter. Leaving in your air conditioner not only gives cold air an easy path to enter your home, it can permanently damage your AC.

Change Air Filters

Dirty air filters in your furnace restrict airflow, increase energy consumption, and negatively impact indoor air quality. For best results, clean or replace your furnace filter every month. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Did you know that your ceiling fans can actually help keep you warm? Just set the blades to rotate clockwise – this will push the warm air that gathers at the ceiling back down into the room.

Tune Up Your Furnace

It is a good idea to have your heating system professionally tuned up at the start of winter. In fact, many furnace manufacturers will even void their warranty if your unit is not serviced annually. A professional tune-up can lower energy bills, prevent breakdowns, and increase heating capacity.

If you live in Fairfield County CT, trust the professionals at Devine Bros. to keep you warm this winter. We offer a variety of home heating services, including furnace installations, repairs, tune ups, and heating oil delivery. Give us a call to learn more at (203) 866-4421.

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About Our Heating Oil Pricing Plans | Devine Bros.

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Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut have trusted Devine Bros. to keep warm for nearly 100 winters. As Norwalk’s leading heating oil supplier, we understand that different families have different needs. And with fluctuating oil prices, it can be nearly impossible to budget your heating costs for the winter.

That’s why we offer our customers three different payment options for our oil delivery services.

Market Pricing

Market pricing is the most basic (and complex) way that customers can choose to pay for their heating oil. The price of the fuel at the time of delivery is based off the daily cost of our inventory, which can fluctuate up or down on any given day.

Fixed Pricing

Our fixed pricing plan is designed to help protect families against unpredictable market prices. With this payment option, Devine Bros. and the customer agree on one price for the season. You will pay this predetermined cost all winter long, even if market prices spike.

Capped Pricing

Capped pricing is a combination of market pricing and fixed pricing that allows customers to take advantage of price drops while still protecting themselves against spikes. In a capped pricing agreement, the customer and Devine Bros. agree to a price cap. The customer will pay for their oil based on the daily market price, but will never pay more than their specified cap number.

Devine Bros. offers heating oil delivery services to homeowners in Norwalk, Westport, and New Canaan. If you live in the area, give us a call to learn more about our heating oil pricing packages at (203) 866-4421.

3 Signs You Need a New Furnace

 

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With temperatures starting to drop around Fairfield County, many homeowners are turning on their heating system for the first time of the season. Keep your eye out for these three signs when you fire up your furnace – they could indicate it’s time for a new one.

1. Your furnace is more than 15 years old.

Think of where technology was fifteen years ago. You wouldn’t use a cell phone that was made in 2001, or a computer, so why would you use a furnace? Heating equipment that old does not meet the demand of today’s efficiency standards. In fact, a new Energy Star furnace can actually pay for itself with the energy savings it provides.

2. Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home.

Does a walk through your home feel like you are traveling between climates? Are you constantly adjusting your thermostat, but can never quite get comfortable? These are signs that your current furnace cannot effectively distribute heat throughout your home.

3. Your furnace is in constant need of repair.

How many times in the past few years have you needed to call a local HVAC repair service? Most furnaces tend to incur the majority of their breakdowns within the last two years of their lifespan, so if yours is constantly in need of repair, it might be on the way out. Save that money you would be spending on repairs and put it towards a new system that will last longer.

Have you noticed any of these signs in your Fairfield County home? If so, it’s time to contact the heating experts at Devine Bros. Our professional technicians can properly size and install any make or model of furnace in your home. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

Get Your Home Winter-Ready With This Comprehensive Checklist

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Winter is coming, is your home ready for it? Just like putting snow tires on your car, there are certain things you can do to prepare your home for the cold season. Follow this comprehensive checklist from Devine Bros. to make sure your home is winter-ready:

Home Exterior

  • Turn off your outdoor water system and store away all hoses.

  • Fertilize your grass for a healthy spring lawn.

  • Clean the leaves out of your gutters.

  • Inspect your roof for signs of damage.

  • Fill any cracks in your driveway and apply a fresh sealcoat.

  • Inspect your exterior walkways and staircases to make sure they are safe.

Home Interior

  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors to prevent heat loss.

  • Test the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home.

  • Swap out screen windows and doors.

  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan blades to rotate clockwise.

  • Insulate the pipes in your home to help protect against freezing.

HVAC System

  • Change air filters.

  • Insulate your water heater tank to reduce energy usage.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to help you save energy.

  • Have your air ducts professionally cleaned to remove dust and dirt buildup.

  • Schedule a furnace tune-up with your local HVAC service.

  • Fill your heating oil tank now, before demand and prices rise.

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut can count on Devine Bros. to keep them warm all winter long. We offer a variety of home heating services including furnace installations, tune-ups, repairs, heating oil delivery, and more. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call today at (203) 866-4421.

About Our Heating System Service Plans | Devine Bros.

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As Fairfield County’s most trusted home heating professionals, we know a thing or two about staying warm. Throughout our 95 years of service, we have steadily expanded our offerings to meet the growing needs of our customers.

What started off as a small oil delivery service has since evolved into a full-fledged HVAC company, offering equipment installations, repairs, maintenance services, and more. One of our most popular offerings is our heating equipment service plans, which help keep you warm all winter long.

We offer three service plans to our customers: Basic, Standard, and Premium. You can learn all about them below.

Basic Service Plan

$244 per year (plus tax). $75 discount on each additional unit.

The Basic Service Plan is the most economical of the three options. Everyone who signs up for this plan can count on:

  • Around-the-clock service. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Big repair savings.

  • Same-day emergency service.

  • Energy savings from a tune-up.

  • $75.00 travel and diagnostic fee for work performed during normal office hours.

  • $125.00 travel and diagnostic fee for work performed on nights, weekends, and holidays.

Standard Service Plan

$289 per year (plus tax). $90 discount on each additional unit.

Our Standard Service Plan is our middle-of-the-road package. It includes everything from the Basic Service Plan, plus:

  • Full parts and labor coverage for more than 20 furnace components (includes after-hours calls).

  • 15% discount on all other repairs.

  • Services performed during normal business hours are billed at prevailing rates.

  • $75.00 travel and diagnostic fee for work performed on nights, weekends, and holidays.

Premium Service Plan

$399 per year (plus tax). $125 discount on each additional unit.

Our Premium Service Plan offers the best coverage around. It includes everything from the Basic and Standard Service Plans, in addition to:

  • Full parts and labor coverage for more than 50 furnace components (includes after-hours calls).

  • 15% discount on all other repairs.

  • NO travel or diagnostic fees.

If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, Connecticut, trust Devine Bros. to keep you warm this season. In addition to our heating system service plans, we also offer tune-ups, installations, and heating oil delivery services. Give us a call to learn more or to get started at (203) 866-4421.

5-Step DIY Furnace Tune-Up

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When the weather gets cold, nothing is more important than our home heating systems. Here is a step-by-step maintenance routine you can follow to make sure yours is ready for the long winter season ahead.

  1. Check your air vents. Obstructed air vents can compromise the performance of your heating system, and also present a fire hazard. Take a walk around your house and make sure all of your vents are clear of furniture, curtains, and other blockages.

  2. Clean the burner mechanism. The burner element turns your fuel source into heat, and is one of the most important components of your furnace. Locate the burner and clean off any dust or dirt that may have accumulated over the summer months. Inspect it for signs of rust, and make sure it is properly aligned with your furnace.

  3. Change the air filters. Changing the air filters is the first step in any furnace maintenance routine. Dirty air filters allow dust and debris to enter your heating system, and are estimated to cause 8 out of every 10 furnace failures.

  4. Lubricate the blower. Your furnace blower should always be properly lubricated in order to prevent extra wear-and-tear on your system. Turn off your circuit breaker, and remove the blower from the furnace, and oil it up. Just a few drops of oil in each port is enough to keep it running smoothly.

  5. Fire it up. Once you’ve completed the steps above, it’s time to test your furnace out. Fire it up and leave it running for a few hours to make sure it is operating at full capacity. If you notice any issues – such as weird noises, smells, or cold air coming from your vents – contact a local HVAC service to fix the problem.

Devine Bros. offers professional home heating services to Norwalk, Westport, and New Canaan, Connecticut. If you need your furnace tuned up, repaired, or replaced, just give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

5 Potential Reasons for Your High Energy Bills

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Unlike with phone bills, which break down exactly where your costs are coming from, energy bills can be a huge mystery. They include just a number – a measure of the power you used and a price – which makes it hard to decipher exactly where those high prices are coming from.

So why is your energy bill so high? Here are five potential reasons for this problem.

Phantom Power

One of the main reasons your energy bill may be high is because you are keeping items plugged in whether you’re using them or not. Most modern technology can still draw energy even in standby mode. Anything that sits with a plug in the wall has the ability to suck extra power.

Things to unplug:

  • Kitchen appliances – coffee machines, microwaves, and any other appliance you only use for one hour out of the 24 in a day.
  • Computer/Entertainment systems – printers, scanners, Blu-ray players, televisions, and even speaker systems.

Over-Feeding Big Items

No surprise here – the biggest energy-consuming appliances in your home are fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines. These items alone make up a third of your energy bill. Try to only run your dishwasher or washing machine when the load is completely full, and, if possible, avoid heated drying. And, while a fridge needs to be running continuously, try to reduce its workload by avoiding overstocking and fixing any leaks or problems.

Over-Charging

Did you know your phone charger is sucking power every second that it is plugged in? Most smartphones and tablets only need around two to three hours to fully charge – once your gadgets hit 100%, unplug. Small changes in your charging routine might take a bit of effort, but can save avoidable expenses.

Using Appliances Past Their Prime

The older the appliance, the more power it takes to run. A fridge that’s older than 10 years uses four times the energy over a newer, more efficient model. To fix this problem, simply upgrade your appliances once they’ve reached their full potential.

Faulty HVAC Equipment

Heating and cooling accounts for roughly half of our energy bill, but this number can be even higher if your equipment is not operating at maximum efficiency. Make sure you are having your HVAC system regularly serviced by a licensed professional, and upgrade to a new Energy Star system if yours is older than 15 years.

Take your energy savings to the next level with a professionally-installed HVAC system from the experts at Devine Bros. If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, give us a call for all of your home heating and cooling needs at (203) 866-4421.