Skaggs-Walsh is very proud to deliver Bioheat® fuel to all our customers. It is an important part of our commitment to conserving our earth for future generations to enjoy.
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We deliver top–quality heating oil from our own 400,000 gallon storage facility to your home in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Long Island. Plus, when you sign up for automatic delivery, you'll always be assured of a full tank of oil heat when you need it — no measuring how much is in your tank, no waiting for the truck to arrive with a delivery.
We know that oil heat is the best heating source for families here – clean, efficient, economical, safe and dependable. And today’s oil heat is cleaner and greener than ever before — because all heating oil sold in New State is now ultra–low–sulfur heating oil.
Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil
Your heating oil is better than ever!
In 2010, New York State approved a switch to ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO), which reduces sulfur content in the fuel by 99%. The law went into effect on July 1, 2012.
ULTRA-LOW SULFUR HEATING OIL BENEFITS:
- Heating equipment that runs on ULSHO lasts longer and requires less maintenance.
- Using ULSHO could also increase your heating system’s efficiency. And, according to the Consumer Energy Council of America, ULSHO reduces emissions by over 70% compared to traditional heating fuel.
- You don’t need to make any modifications to your burner, boiler, furnace, tank or any heating system component in order to use ULSHO.
- ULSHO can be blended with renewable, eco-friendly Bioheat® fuel to create the cleanest home heating fuel in the USA. Combine that with the latest advanced burners, and emissions are reduced even further!
Oil Heat Systems
We are the premier installer of high-efficiency boilers, furnaces and hot water heaters in New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Long Island. Your heating system is comprised of several components:
- Boiler. A boiler is a vessel for heating water that is then piped through the home - either as steam or hot water - to deliver heat to each room. Every heating system that uses radiators or non-electric baseboard units has a boiler.
- Furnace. What a boiler is to a water-based system, a furnace is to an air-based system: the vessel where air is heated. A blower fan pushes the heated air into ducts, which distribute it to the different rooms in the home.
- Burner. Every oil-powered system has a burner. It is a separate component that plugs into the boiler or furnace. As the name suggests, the burner actually burns the heating oil, and the flame heats a "heat exchanger" that is designed to absorb the heat and transfer it efficiently to the water (boiler) or air (furnace).
Oil Burner Replacement
It is possible to replace your system's oil burner without replacing the entire boiler or furnace. We recommend this intermediate step in cases where a burner is malfunctioning or where a system could achieve substantially higher efficiency with a replacement burner alone.
We carry burners from the top manufacturers in the business, and we have the expertise to service all of them, including today's most advanced models.
Any home that uses steam or hot water to heat rooms has a boiler. Inside the boiler, heat is transferred from the burner flame to the supply water. In a water system, the heated water is pumped through the home, where it transfers heat to the room air via radiators and/or baseboards. In a steam system, the boiler forms steam and feeds into the pipes, where it transfers heat to the room air via radiators.
Boilers have been made for hundreds of years, but new technology has greatly increased the efficiency of new models. One popular innovation is the triple-pass design, in which the flame and hot combustion gases pass through the length of the boiler, then reverse direction twice in order to make three passes through the heat exchanger. In this design, the heat exchanger absorbs more heat from the flame and transfers it to the home's heated space. An older, less efficient design, on the other hand, transfers less heat to the home and sends more of it up the chimney, where it is wasted.
If you want to get the most possible heat from your fuel oil — with the least possible waste — ask us about upgrading to a new, high-efficiency boiler. We carry models from the world's top manufacturers, and we'll be happy to install one for you so you can use your fuel dollars wisely.
If your home is heated with warm air, you have a furnace. It uses a blower to intake air and heats the air by moving it through a heat exchanger, where it absorbs heat generated by the oil burner. The same blower moves the air out of the furnace and into the rooms of the home, where it warms the room air.
If a furnace has been in place for more than 15 years, it is probably consuming more of your fuel than a more modern system would. Recent design innovations, such as two-stage operation, condensing and variable speed blower motors, have yielded more efficient systems that save lots of money by reducing fuel usage.
Our highly trained installers and technicians can replace your old furnace with a modern unit and greatly reduce your fuel consumption. We carry the best brands on the market, and we have the know-how to install them properly so that they perform to the manufacturer's specification.
Hot Water Heaters
After heating and cooling of indoor air, water heating is the largest energy expense in many American homes. The cost of heating water varies widely depending on the type of system used, and an appliance that is very effective in one setting may be unsuitable for another.
Our expert technicians and installers understand how water heating works, and they will be happy to evaluate your system and let you know how much you could raise your efficiency with a new water heater. We stock a variety of models from some of the best manufacturers in the business, and we'll be happy to help you conserve fuel with an upgrade to high efficiency.
Storage: Another Oil Heat Advantage
As an oil heat customer, you own and possess the oil that is in your home storage tank, and that's a good thing. You enjoy peace of mind knowing that your family will stay warm because your supply cannot be interrupted. No calamity in the outside world can come between you and your heating fuel, because you have a supply in hand.
When you receive an oil heat delivery, you pay only for what is delivered, with no service or delivery charges. If you choose automatic delivery, we'll handle the scheduling, and you'll never need to place a fuel oil order.
Oil heat is an ideal fuel for home storage because it is so safe. It is non-toxic, and it doesn't burn in a liquid state. In fact, your oil burner prepares the fuel for ignition by warming it and then using a spray nozzle to atomize it. (If you dropped a match in a bucket of oil heat, the match would go out as if it were dropped in water.)
When the time comes to replace your oil storage tank, you'll have an interesting range of choices, including sleek European models that look more like stainless steel kitchen appliances than traditional oil tanks — and take up less floor space. And while the traditional tanks lack the style of the newer designs, they are designed well and built to last.
If you have an outdoor tank, you can cover it in a special enclosure that protects it from the elements and provides secondary containment. Enclosures are available in a variety of colors to match your house's siding.
Oil Storage Tank Facts
Here are some facts that might be of interest to you:
- Most tanks are designed with corrosion-resistant materials. This allows for long life and exceptional safety.
- Research shows that less than 1% of heating oil tanks ever experience a release.
- Tank protection is available and offers coverage in the rare instance that a tank does experience leakage.
We can't emphasize enough the value of installing a programmable thermostat in your home. This one small step for conservation could be one giant leap for energy savings!
What is a programmable thermostat? Also known as an automatic setback, day/night or clock thermostat, it's a "smart" device that automatically adjusts room temperature settings to energy-saving levels when you're sleeping or away from home. Plus, a programmable thermostat is smartly priced, making it a small investment in your comfort for many heating seasons to come.
Research by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) indicates that a single setback each day of five degrees Fahrenheit provides a 10% savings. Using a programmable thermostat effectively can deliver a return on your investment of up to 124% or more!
The newest generation of residential thermostats performs one or more of the following energy control functions:
We recommend programmable thermostats by Honeywell. Honeywell's complete line of programmable thermostats includes 7-day, 5-1-1-day, 5-2-day and 1-week models, and are easy to use ... easy to program ... and easy to read. They provide precise temperature control and consistent comfort - and some models even come in colors to match your décor!
- They store and repeat multiple daily settings, which you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
- They store six or more temperature settings a day.
- They adjust heating or air conditioning turn-on times as the outside temperature changes.
Our customers have given us great feedback about Honeywell's PRO 4000, which offers a basic thermostat with the benefits of energy savings. PRO 4000 features:
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- An easy-to-read digital backlit display
- Easy-to-use operation
- Precise comfort control with a high level of accuracy
- Built-in instructions
- 5-2 (weekday/weekend) programming to fit your lifestyle
- ENERGY STAR® compliant
Why Switch to Gas Heat?
"Switch to gas heat." "Convert to gas." The gas utilities are spending millions of dollars to convince Oil heat customers that natural gas is the best fuel on the market. But there's plenty they won't tell you. And that's why we would like to present the truth about natural gas the utilities are keeping under wraps.
Here Are 6 Reasons Why Oil heat Is Better Than Gas Heat
The American Energy Coalition's website gives you many more reasons you should not switch to gas heat. Discover the facts about gas the utilities won't divulge - and if you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact us.
- Oil heat is better for the environment than gas heat. Utility gas is made up largely of methane, which is 60 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Oil heat is moving towards new environmentally friendly blends like ultra-low sulfur Oil heat and renewable Bioheat® fuel - both of which are mandated in New York City. Tomorrow's blend of reduced-sulfur Oil heat and biofuel "may well become the preferred fuel for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.," according to the Energy Research Center.
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- Oil heat is safer than gas heat.
Nothing beats the safety record of Oil heat. Unlike natural gas, Oil heat is not explosive. To ignite, Oil heat must be heated to 140 degrees and converted into a vapor. What's more, if you have a system malfunction, an Oil heating system will give you telltale signs such as smoke, odors or even soot before releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO). Gas heating systems give you no warning of CO production or release, leading to potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Oil heat bills are easier to understand than gas heat bills. Unlike utility gas bills, which contain line after line of charges, your Skaggs-Walsh bills are only for the gallons you receive - they tell you exactly what you're paying for, in no uncertain terms.
- Oil heat upgrades cost less than gas conversions and save you more money. Converting from an Oil heating system to a gas heat system can cost as much as $9,000 - and then there's no payback from this substantial investment. That's why the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) has concluded that: "In 95 out of 100 cases, it makes economic sense to stick with oil, and if an energy-related investment is desired, to invest in conservation."
- Many gas utilities do not provide routine service on home heating equipment. Some utility companies may subcontract their service and installation work, while others ask their customers to refer to the phone book to find a heating service technician. In addition, gas utilities often provide no emergency burner service. Skaggs-Walsh is a full-service home comfort company. You can rest assured that our technicians are available around the clock and throughout the year, and we never subcontract our work.
- With Oil heat - and Skaggs-Walsh - you get warm, personal service - something you won't get from the gas utility. Skaggs-Walsh is a family owned and operated company offering personalized, "I'll-be-right-over" service since way back in 1933. We know your home ... your heating system ... and most of all, you. In contrast, the gas company is often a large, often multinational, bureaucratic entity.