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Vaughn Oil’s tune-ups help keep your furnace going strong all winter long!

heating service rhode islandVaughn Oil urges customers to contact us now to book a furnace maintenance tune-up for their home before the temperatures drop, and our service department gets busier.

If you make an appointment for a tune-up right away, it’s simpler to schedule and you won’t have to wait long.

Another option for maintaining your furnace is to sign up for one of Vaughn Oil’s affordable service plans. First of all, every one of our service plans includes an annual maintenance check for your furnace so that it will run smoothly. But that’s only the beginning. You also get priority service, discounts on parts and labor for repairs, the option of adding your home’s water heater to the plan, and Loyalty Credits for consecutive years of enrollment!

Why do I need a tune-up of my furnace?

By having Vaughn Oil perform your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up, you’re not only ensuring its ability to make it through another winter in Rhode Island, but also gaining other advantages!

Cut your heating costs. By keeping your heating system in good working order, you can help it run at peak efficiency and save money on heating oil expenses.

Keep your furnace going longer. It’s critical to keep up with regular maintenance if you want your heating system to function effectively and last a long time.

Keep the warranty valid. Many furnace manufacturers make a requirement for regular professional maintenance in your furnace’s warranty. Your furnace’s warranty may be invalidated if you don’t get an annual tune-up. A voided warranty means you’ll be responsible for all future repair costs.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace your old furnace, our staff of professionals can assist. We’ll provide an honest evaluation and assist you in making a sound decision based on your needs.

In certain cases, repairing your furnace may be the best solution. If it’s less than seven years old, repairs are generally easier and less expensive. If you want to stay in your house for another year or two, repair may be the best option. Finally, a brand-new furnace might not be within your budget.
There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition. The average life expectancy of a furnace is 10 years. You might need to upgrade your furnace if it’s 10 years old or more, and you don’t regularly service it.

Repair bills. Replacing your furnace may initially seem like the more expensive option, but if repairs would exceed half the cost of a new installation, it is actually the better investment in both the short and long run. Not to mention, you’ll be much more comfortable and save money on energy bills.

Efficiency. Furnaces that are not maintained over time become less efficient. An old furnace’s efficiency may drop to 60% or lower. A new furnace, on the other hand, has efficiencies of more than 98%, resulting in extended energy savings for years to come.

Make time today to contact Vaughn Oil to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!

No More Oil Run-out Worries With Automatic Delivery!

fuel delivery rhode islandIf you’re a Vaughn Oil heating oil customer and have chosen Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, then it’s important that you frequently check your tank’s fuel level. By doing this, you will be able to tell when it is time to order more heating oil.

The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us right away to schedule an emergency delivery.
 
If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for perhaps a week.

It might take a few days for us to get a delivery to your home. Thus, it is essential that you request a delivery before your tank gauge falls below ¼ full.

What happens if I run out of heating oil?

If you use up all your heating oil, your heating system will automatically turn off, and it won’t take long for your house to become cold. The longer this goes on, your pipes could freeze and rupture.

If you run out of heating oil, it might also damage your furnace or boiler. Sludge at the bottom of your tank may be pulled into the filter and clog it, and can also harm the oil line. In addition to the emergency heating oil delivery charge, you may also have to pay for the oil line bleeding and filter replacement.

Automatic Delivery makes having heating oil easy!

We make use of the most up-to-date technology in conjunction with a tried-and-true method of calculation to accurately forecast when you will require more heating oil. Your heating oil usage history, current temperatures, and weather patterns are all taken into account, and our computer algorithms calculate when your tank will be 30% full based on these factors.

This lets us know when you’re running low on heating oil, so we can schedule your heating oil delivery to ensure that you have enough before your supply runs out. Your work is done! No more going down to the basement or going outside in the cold and snow to check your tank gauge. There will be no need to contact us with a delivery request any longer. There will be no more concern if you forgot to check your tank gauge.

Since Automatic Delivery is partially based your previous fuel consumption, therefore it is fundamental that you notify us of anything that will change how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:

Contact us to become a Vaughn Oil Automatic Delivery customer for easy heating oil delivery!

Share the benefits of being a Vaughn Oil customer

referral program rhode islandOur objective at Vaughn Oil is to deliver the dependable, polite service that satisfies our customers every day. It’s at the center of our industry-leading warranties for Service, Quality, and Value. That dedication is why we have been in business for 50 years.

We work hard to achieve that goal by giving our customers trustworthy heating oil delivery, heating oil tank protection, equipment services, affordable service plans, and more.

We would be delighted if you could tell others about your satisfaction with Vaughn Oil and refer family and friends to us. We’ll show our appreciation by giving you a reward from our Refer a Friend program!

There’s no advertising that can replace good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Especially in today’s digital age. After all, wouldn’t you trust what a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker has to say more than an ad?

How does Refer a Friend work?

You and your friends are always recommending things to each other, whether it’s a great new restaurant or an interesting store. Maybe you found a concert or play that would be perfect for them. Perhaps you have discovered a new store related to one of their hobbies. Perhaps you found a good book recently that would be perfect for their next book club choice.

This type of sharing is the goal of Refer a Friend. Do you know someone who is searching for heating oil or equipment services? They may be relocating to a new home or unhappy with their current heating oil company.

Why not let them know how personal, reliable service you receive from Vaughn Oil? It’s not only good for your friend; it’s also beneficial to you!

For each family member or friend you refer who becomes a new Vaughn Oil Automatic Delivery customer, you’ll receive a $50 credit on your Vaughn Oil account. 

You can refer as many friends and family members as you want, and we’ll keep rewarding you!

Do you have questions about our Refer a Friend program? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Feel safe and secure with heating oil from Vaughn Oil!

oilheat safety rhode islandHeating oil has long been the preferred choice for Rhode Island residents to keep their homes warm, even with other fuel options available.

The reason for this is that home heating oil is less expensive than other fuels and heats your house much faster than any other energy source. With dependable heating oil delivery from Vaughn Oil, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with electric or natural gas heating.

However, there’s another element to consider when looking at heating oil as a fuel: safety.

Heating oil is safer than you might think. In fact, it is one of the safest fuel sources out there. Despite its name, it’s not inherently flammable. In order to be vaporized and combusted in your home boiler or furnace, heating oil must be heated to a temperature of at least 140°F.

Today’s heating oil tanks are designed with safety in mind. They’re made with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass, to ensure that they’re practically leakproof. There are built-in alarms to prevent the tank from being overfilled, reducing the danger of spills and leaks.

Even with all of this, there are still things you need to do to make sure that your oil-fired heating system and heating oil tank operate safely.

Take care of your heating system

You can prevent future issues by scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups for your home’s furnace, boiler, or burner with Vaughn Oil. Their in-depth inspection will identify any potential problems before they get worse and potentially create a hazard.

Take advantage of our affordable service plans that include a tune-up and discounts on repair services!

Pay attention to your heating oil tank

Inspect your heating oil tank regularly, and between every delivery of heating oil. Check for warning signs that the tank may soon fail, such as blisters on the paint, moisture on the outside of the tank even after a recent delivery of heating oil, or pinhole leaks. Contact Vaughn Oil if you see any of these issues to prevent an expensive and potentially dangerous heating oil tank failure.

If you find oil on the floor or ground around your tank, get in touch with us immediately.

Our Tank Secure tank protection plan is designed to protect your tank from corrosion and also provides replacement coverage.

Protect against carbon monoxide leaks

A carbon monoxide leak from a heating oil system is extremely unusual. They can, however, happen. They are especially possible if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. Contact Vaughn Oil right away if your boiler or furnace is emitting black smoke or soot. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the basement, as well as outside all bedrooms. Test and change the batteries twice a year and replace the detectors every five years.
 
Become a Vaughn Oil customer for the most reliable heating oil delivery and service in Rhode Island!

Check out these 4 benefits of upgrading this year!

new water heater rhode islandHow old is your water heater? If it is 10 years old or older, you are living on borrowed time with it because 10 years is the average life expectancy of a water heater.

Now is the time to get started on replacing it, as you have the time to research your options and work with the equipment professionals at Vaughn Oil to make sure you get the best one for your home.

Here are four reasons that upgrading to a new water heater is a great call.

Comfort

If your water heater is taking longer to heat water, meaning you have a longer wait to take a shower, that’s a sign it’s time to replace it. An older water heater often is not able to heat the hot water as quickly as it used to. A new water heater will get your water hot faster, so those long waits are over.

Efficiency

As time goes on, your water heater has gotten less and less efficient. To heat your water and keep it hot, it needs more energy than before. You can reduce your environmental impact without giving up a bit of comfort by upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient water heater!

Saving money

A new water heater’s increased efficiency will help you save money on your energy bills. You’ll see the results in a big way because water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy costs. Right now, we’re offering a special with a $200 rebate/discount for HTP SuperStor or The Laars-Stor® indirect-oil water heaters. Vaughn Oil also offers transparent and competitive financing.

Safety

An older water heater’s vent pipe might deteriorate with time, posing a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your house. During a power outage, older water heaters may not turn off automatically, posing a fire hazard.

Get comfort, security, and safety with a new, high-efficiency water heater from Vaughn Oil! Get in touch with us to get started and to learn more about our financing options.

hvac service rhode islandHow long does an oil furnace last? That’s a good question, with a somewhat complicated answer. On paper, an average heating oil furnace could last anywhere from 12 to 15 years or more – but we don’t live on paper. In the real world, the lifespan of your equipment depends on what steps you take to keep it in working order.

Steps To A Healthy Heating System

If you want your heating oil furnace to last as long as possible, try these tips:

  1. Choose wisely. The lifespan of your furnace begins with two of the first choices you make about it: what model you choose, and who you choose to install it. Always select a reliable brand, and make sure your furnace is properly sized to your home’s heating load so it doesn’t have to overwork to do its job. It’s also critical to have your furnace installed by experienced professionals who know how to do the job right.
  2. Get preventative maintenance every year. When it comes to prolonging the life of your furnace, nothing beats getting professional annual heating system service. With professional maintenance, your equipment will not only last longer, but it will also work better, run more reliably, and help you stay on top of small issues before they become bigger problems.
  3. Regularly check and clean / replace your furnace air filter. Like most of us, your furnace hates to do more work than necessary – and that’s exactly what happens when it is trying to push warm air through a clogged air filter. That increased strain on the motor will cause more wear and tear on your equipment, which will rob your system of years of service in the long run (not to mention robbing your wallet of dollars in the short run). As a “bonus,” your clogged air filter won’t blog as much duster, dander, and dirt, either…which means your home air won’t be as healthy as it should be.
  4. Consider a duct cleaning. Dirt build-up also affects your air ducts, lining their sides and eventually causing problems for the furnace itself. With a narrower channel through which to pass air, a furnace will once again have to overwork to do its job – and over time, that overwork will take a toll on your equipment.
  5. Seal furnace air leaks. When an air leak forms along the furnace line, the furnace loses air before it even completes the process of heat production, leading to…you guessed it…overwork for your equipment. Unless the problem is fixed, that overwork can reduce the lifespan of your furnace.
  6. Use sensible thermostat settings. Why make your furnace log hours heating an empty house, or providing more heat than you reasonably need to stay comfortable? With a little help from your programmable thermostat, you could save unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment.
  7. Fix problems promptly. The longer you put off dealing with a heating system repair, the worse it usually gets, eventually leading to a heating system breakdown. The moment you sense something is wrong with your furnace – strange sounds or smells, for example – have it inspected by a professional.

Keep your oil-fired furnace running as long as possible with expert heating system service from Vaughn Oil. If your furnace is on its last legs, we can help you there, too, with fast installations of a range of quality oil-fired furnace models. Contact us today to learn more.

Spend the money on fun stuff instead!

vacation checklist rhode islandIf you’re taking a vacation this summer, you’ve got a lot of company as more Americans are looking forward to their first big vacation in years.

According to Forbes, six out of 10 Americans are planning to travel at least once this summer, despite concerns over inflation and gasoline prices.

Leave worries about energy costs behind on your summer vacation with these four tips that will leave you free to enjoy the trip!

Give the A/C a vacation

During the summer, cooling accounts for around half of your home’s energy consumption. Setting your air conditioner to 85° while away for more than a day will help you save money! Be sure to set your smart or programmable thermostat to return to your desired temperature several hours before arriving home so that it is cool and comfortable when you get there. Closing curtains and blinds can not only help keep your home from overheating, but also stop people from peeking into your home when you’re not there.

Unplug the energy vampires

What are energy vampires, and how do you deal with them? These items are electronics and small appliances around your home. They are named that because they’re always sucking up energy, even when they’re not in use. Computers, TVs, media players, ovens, gaming systems, coffeemakers, toasters, multicookers, blenders, electric toothbrushes, and phone and laptop chargers, are all examples of energy vampires. Unplug or power off any you can before you leave on your trip.

Give the water heater a break

A vacation mode is included in most modern water heaters. This lowers the temperature setting so that the water heater does not run as often when you are away but can still rapidly heat up when you reset it after your return.

Set your water heater to low if it doesn’t have a vacation option. Heating water accounts for around 20% of your home’s energy consumption, so doing this can help you save money.

Continue saving money when you get home by setting your water heater to 120˚ Fahrenheit rather than the manufacturer’s setting of 140˚. Your water will still be hot enough for bathing, laundry, and dishwashing, but you can save up to 10% on your water heating energy expenses. The lower temperature reduces the risk of scalding as well.

Use your smartphone

The days and hours leading up to your vacation are hectic, what with packing, arranging the pet sitter, and more.

All of these things might cause you to forget about essential tasks, such as our suggestions for saving energy. The tips below are designed to give you peace of mind about your energy savings and the safety and security of your home.

First, make a checklist on your smartphone of energy-saving tasks to complete before leaving on vacation. As you accomplish them, cross them off so you don’t forget.

Give yourself time before vacation to go around every room in your house with your smartphones. Take pictures of all the rooms with the lights out, appliances unplugged or shut off, the thermostat and water heater set for vacation, the water turned off to your washer, the range and oven turned off, doors locked, windows closed and locked, and blinds and curtains closed. If you’re worried about whether you left a light or appliance on while on vacation, check the photographs from your phone for reassurance.

Want the most reliable heating oil delivery and equipment service in Rhode Island? Become a Vaughn Oil customer today!

Prevent Oil Tank Troubles With Proper Care

summer oil tank rhode islandNow that summer has officially arrived here in Rhode Island, you’re probably not thinking very much about your heating oil tank or your home heating equipment – and that can cost you, if you’re not careful.

Why A Full Tank Matters

In warm weather, condensation – water droplets – can easily form inside a heating oil storage tank that contains more air than fuel. That condensation will eventually drip down – and because water is denser than heating oil, it will settle to the bottom of your steel heating oil tank and start to wear away the tank walls. This is not good when you consider the extremely high costs and inconvenience of remediating a heating oil spill!

To make matters worse, the presence of more water inside your heating oil tank creates the ideal conditions for excess aerobic and anaerobic bacteria growth (all heating oil contains some amount of bacteria, but it can get out of hand in a humid tank environment). When left untreated, these microbes will use your heating oil as a food source, leaving behind a thick sludge that can get into your fuel line and clog it, eventually causing a heating system breakdown.

Yikes!

The good news is that you can avoid most of these problems simply by keeping heating oil in your fuel storage tank this summer.

If you’re not enrolled in our automatic heating oil delivery service, contact us today to schedule a heating oil delivery so we can help you head off any condensation problems with your fuel tank.

If you’re already on automatic heating oil delivery from Vaughn Oil, don’t worry – we’ll make sure your tank has a proper level of fuel inside during the off-season.

Schedule a heating oil delivery to your RI home today to avoid heating oil tank problems tomorrow – or better yet, enroll in automatic delivery from Vaughn Oil and let us worry about your heating oil deliveries! Contact us today to learn more.

Vaughn Oil makes choosing your next water heater easy!

water heater service rhode islandWhen your home’s water heater is nearing the end of its life and becoming less efficient and dependable, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of replacing it. There’s no stress with Vaughn Oil!

You can count on us to ensure that you get the best water heater for your needs. We’ll be there every step of the way with expert water heater sales, installation, and maintenance. We’ll also assist you in obtaining financing and rebates your new water heater qualifies for. Our affordable service plans help protect your new water heater with regular maintenance and discounts on repairs.

We’ll also assist you in answering these three questions so that you get the appropriate water heater for your Rhode Island home.

What energy source do you want for your water heater?

Is your current water heater powered by electricity? If that’s the case, you may save a lot of money by switching to an oil-fired water heater! Oil-fired water heaters provide greater comfort while being more cost-effective.

First of all, oil-fired water heaters offer superior energy efficiency to electric water heaters, lowering your cost of operation over its lifespan.

Oil-fired water heaters get water hot much faster than electric water heaters. Not only that, they have a much faster recovery time, meaning you’ll get more hot water without the wait of electric water heaters. Since oil-fired water heaters tend to have larger tanks, you’ll have hot water for longer!

You also get durability and a longer life expectancy with oil-fired water heaters. A tankless oil-fired water heater can last 20 years or longer, compared with an average life expectancy of 10 years for an electric conventional storage-tank water heater.

What kind of water heater do you want?

You have options with an oil-fired water heater. There are direct and indirect water heaters.

Direct water heaters have a burner that directly heats the water in the water heating system. With indirect water heaters, there’s no water heater but there is one or more heat exchanger coils that are heated indirectly, usually by a boiler.

You can also choose between a conventional water heater with a storage tank or a tankless water heater that gives you endless hot water, on-demand.

How efficient is my water heater?

When comparing water heaters, look for the Energy Factor (EF) rating. The EF rating shows a water heater’s energy efficiency based on how much hot water is generated per unit of fuel burned over a typical day.

The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater is. Here is what goes into the EF rating:

Recovery efficiency: How efficiently the heat is applied to the water

Standby loss: The percentage of heat loss per hour of the stored water

Cycling loss: The loss of heat as the water circulates through the unit 

Get in touch with us to get started on upgrading to a new, efficient oil-fired water heater!

Here’s how to keep your indoor air cleaner

pet fur management rhode islandPets have a lot to offer. They give us love and comfort. They keep us entertained. They’re there for us when we need them.

They can also shed dander and fur, which contribute to allergy symptoms and other breathing issues. The hair and dander can also be carried into your home’s heating system, leading it to be circulated all around your Rhode Island home.

Pets shed more in the summer months. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you keep your pets and HVAC system happy while also maintaining your home’s comfort.

Brush your pets and keep up with grooming

Brushing and combing your pet on a regular basis helps to minimize shedding. Consult with your veterinarian about the best technique to brush and groom your dog or cat’s breed.

Have a clean filter in your system

Dander and fur from pet dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and mice can enter your home’s air. From there it travels to your HVAC filter. When the filter becomes blocked, your HVAC system must work harder. This might result in greater energy expenses and equipment failures. Check your HVAC air filter once a month, or more frequently if someone in the house has allergies or a respiratory illness such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Consider using HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters if your HVAC system can use them.

Take care of your vents

Fur and dander from pets can get into your vents. The simplest method to prevent it is to vacuum your vents on a regular basis and clean them with a wet microfiber cloth. Dust, dander, and fur are attracted to and trapped by carpets, flooring, and rugs. At least once a week, vacuum and/or mop the floors.

Take care of your HVAC system

Vaugh Oil’s service experts conduct annual HVAC maintenance to guarantee that your air conditioning system is in good working order. It also allows us to discover whether your pets’ fur and dander are the underlying cause of any problems, allowing us to correct them before they become worse.

Get your ductwork cleaned

When your ductwork collects a lot of fur and dander as well as dust, it becomes a breeding ground for germs and viruses. Every three to five years, have your ductwork cleaned by an expert.

You can trust Vaughn Oil for your home’s equipment needs! Get in touch with us to learn more about our equipment services.

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