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Balance Your Home’s Moisture With A Heating System Humidifier

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Heating Oil Guru

When you have dry air in your home, you will feel the effects of it right then and there. For instance, you feel like your throat is very dry. But that’s just a small risk. If you let it be, it can lead to the aggravation of respiratory ailments you might be already experiencing.

heating system humidifierThe natural effect or consequence of an extremely cold weather outside is that your home will lose its humidity to the outdoors. And while the normal or optimal percentage of humidity inside is about 40 percent in order to experience comfort, in the cold weather, it can drop as low as 5 percent. That of course is a staggering drop in humidity levels, which by the way leads to a substantial amount of discomfort. Hence, the insufficiency in humidification during winter is one of the major culprits of respiratory infections. And thus, the heating season will eventually lead to having repeated and recurring attacks of winter colds.

Warm air will suck the moisture in people. That’s why you will most likely feel that your throat is beginning to feel itchy and scratchy. At the same time, you will also feel that your nose will dry out and static electricity sparks are seen. Also, dry air goes as far as splitting and deforming furniture and other woodwork. There are even instances when hardwood floors are affected.

That is why there is a dire need to balance your home’s moisture level if you want to remain comfortable during the winter season. And the good news is that you can easily do it with your heating system. All you have to obtain is a device called a heating system humidifier.

What is it and what does it do?

A humidifier actually works in order to bring back the moisture balance that your home once enjoyed and possessed. It is a vital piece of device that will help you secure your family’s health and well-being during the course of the winter or cold season. It actually works quite simple by putting water vapor into the indoor air. There are several different kinds of humidifier but the most salient distinction is the water output capacity. One type can serve a single room while another is designed to humidify an entire home or living space.

To reiterate, you need a heating system humidifier in order to keep the balance of moisture in your home, and it is actually the most efficient and quickest solution. There are room-size varieties that are popularly called as tabletop units. As the name implies, they are mostly intended for humidifying specific rooms. A freestanding cabinet console unit or sometimes referred to as a central humidifier meanwhile is designed for humidifying an entire home and it is usually tied into the home’s heating system.

So if you are thinking of making sure you don’t put yourself and your family in harm’s way because of the significant decrease in humidity levels in your home, you have to seriously think of balancing your home’s moisture level through the use of a heating system humidifier.

Allentown Heating Oil & Heating System Servicing

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by RF Ohl

Check out our latest interview, being streamed live on air with Steve Ohl. Steve is discussing R.F. Ohl’s services, namely heating oil delivery and the support services that R.F. Ohl provides to the Allentown, PA area and all of the Lehigh Valley. Such services like installation and servicing of heating systems as well as sales of fireplaces at R.F. Ohl’s showroom in Lehighton.

Heating Oil Delivery to Allentown PA & Beyond…

Steve Ohl, President of R.F. Ohl, talks about Ohl’s service offerings for Allentown heating oil and heating. The company has been around for almost thirty years, and has evolved into a bigger and more comprehensive service company catering to heating and cooling needs throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Lehigh Valley. Ohl is currently providing heating oil, propane, and kerosene along with serving heating systems and HVAC systems.

Aside from oil delivery in the Lehigh Valley area, Ohl also installs and services heating systems, part of which is the installation of furnaces, boilers, and basically all forms of heating equipment, including natural gas, propane, electric, heat pumps… everything related to heating and cooling systems.

If a homeowner in the Lehigh Valley has a heating problem or needs a new heating system at home, R.F. Ohl can provide complete and full servicing and they operate 24 hours each day. A customer service representative is always available to answer calls 24/7.

solar powered systemsBut aside from the servicing heating systems, R.F. Ohl also deals with solar-powered systems and equipment including geothermal, electric, and other types of energy products, including tank-less  hot water systems. Basically, when it comes to energy, heating and cooling, R.F. Ohl can provide a solution for your needs.

Ohl handles many different brands of heating and cooling systems. For instance, they service and repair heat pump brands like Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, and others. They can do installations for any major brands of heating and cooling systems as well.

Additionally, R.F Ohl also deals with highly efficient, System 2000, a kind of boiler from Energy Kinetics that is popularly used today because of its more advanced and efficient attributes. While this system is truly efficient, it is more complicated than normal systems. Due to the complexity, many other contractors in the Lehigh Valley do not install and/or service these systems.

Split Unit Systems: More Practical and Super-Efficient Alternative to Traditional HVAC Systems

Homes need both air conditioning and heating, both of which are essential when it comes to providing comfort the entire year. But if there is onemini split thing that gives homeowners the hesitation to install them is the cost. The installation in an existing home is often times complicated and expensive due to the need of running new duct work and other installation complications. But, the headaches of retro-fitting a home with traditional HVAC system can be avoided with the mini split system. It consists of an indoor head unit that supplies the heating and cooling inside and the outdoor unit that is connected to the indoor unit. The outdoor unit is placed outside and only a small pentration is made through the wall. And because this type of system only requires very minimal wall penetration and disruptions, the installation of this type of unit is not just easy, but also fast and less costly. In fact, everything is done inside a day. Generally speaking, it will cost the homeowner less than half the cost of the usual heating system. And the best thing is that they work and operate in the same level of quality to that of comprehensive and traditional heating systems.

Tank-Less Water Heaters

Tank-less water heaters meanwhile are another type of heating equipment intended to provide domestic hot water with utmost efficiency. It is ideal for energy conscious people.

Summer Season Services

Aside from addressing heating needs during the cold season, R.F. Ohl also offers air conditioning services during the summer months. They specialize in the installation and servicing of Trane, Fujitsu, and Mitsubishi units.

To reiterate, Ohl provides services to five counties in Eastern PA including, oil delivery, HVAC service, heating repair and installation, propane delivery, and more.

The R.F Ohl showroom is located in Lehighton, PA, where you get to see more products on display including charcoal, propane or natural gas barbecue grills, Primo grills, wood pellet stoves, awnings, patio furniture, fireplaces, space heaters and many different accessories.

Call R.F. Ohl at (610) 624-4827

Heating Oil Tamaqua Prices & Delivery

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by RF Ohl

Steve Ohl discusses pricing of heating oil in Tamaqua PA as well as delivery and other related topics, such as the history of R.F. Ohl. Check it out here…

Just like many companies in Pennsylvania, R.F. Ohl started out as a family business.  But it began as a business solely focused on water well drilling, which started in 1981. The founder, father of the current president, Steve Ohl, actually worked in a heating oil delivery company. In 1984, he started his own heating oil delivery company delivering oil the public. Steve Ohl joined the business full-time after graduating college and infused new ideas and innovations that ultimately grew R.F. Ohl into the company that it is today.

heating oil businessThe company grew larger with the leadership of Steve and catered to a wider customer market. Communication became an integral part of the company’s operation and they started sending emails and newsletters to current clients and customers. In 1996, R.F. Ohl decided to let go of the water well drilling business and focused on heating oil delivery. In 2003, they added propane delivery as part of their services and then the rest followed, including HVAC services, patio, fireplaces, heaters, and then opened up a showroom for other products in 2004.

While based in Lehighton, R.F. Ohl actually provides heating oil delivery service to five counties in Eastern PA area, including Tamaqua. The service covers about fifty miles. In order to make sure your city is covered though, you can conveniently reach them through email or phone and they’ll tell you if they can provide heating oil to your home or business. But delivery isn’t limited to heating oil since they also provide diesel and propane.

Why Choose R.F. Ohl For Heating Oil In Tamaqua Or Other Towns?

Tamaqua is one of the areas where R.F Ohl covers. For the company, its greatest advantage and edge compared to other heating oil companies in the area is that they can be reached through different platforms and media for communication. The phones always have people on standby to answer queries and provide assistance 24-hours a day. Calling the office after hours will provide emergency as well as regular assistance with a live operator. Aside from the phone, the company can also be reached through email, Facebook, or Twitter. The company is generally accessible and very friendly.

Product Lines and Prices

The company is competitively priced on all the products they offer including heating oil, propane, kerosene, diesel, patio products, and others. As mentioned earlier, R.F. Ohl transformed and developed itself to become one of the most versatile and flexible in terms of services provided. So aside from the main service of heating oil delivery, they now offer delivery of propane, kerosene, and diesel. What’s even better news is that the prices for these products are as good as those of main suppliers and company that focus on them solely.

Heating Oil Customers

heating serviceThere are basically two types of consumers when it comes to heating oil. The first one wants a full service where they just give a call and then they will be given the full service package including automatic deliveries, tank maintenance and inspection, and service plans. The second one meanwhile are those customers who just want oil delivery and nothing else. This means they opt to watch and maintain their own tank. R.F. Ohl actually provides both options. Customers can simply go online at, place the order any time of the day, and the delivery is guaranteed to arrive within forty eight hours.

Customer Service

Overall, the company is the best in Eastern Pennsylvania when it comes to customer service. They have built it in a way that customer satisfaction, convenience, and utmost confidence are always at the topmost priority list. It’s not just really about delivering oil, it is making sure that homes are always comfortable and warm.

Money Saving Tips For Lehigh Valley Heating Systems

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Heating Oil Guru

home heating money saving tipsIf you are leaving in Lehigh Valley, you’re certainly using a heating system at home in time for the burdensome cold of the winter. And when it pertains to heating, it usually means a significant use of energy. And yes, the heating and air conditioning system at home is the most notable consumer of energy. But using your heating controls efficiently is the most efficient and practical means in order to cut and reduce your energy use and thereby be able to save money in the process.

However, keep in mind that the tips we’re going to hand out do not encourage you to avoid using your Lehigh Valley heating system. Instead, we’re here to tell you how to efficiently use it.

Boiler and Heating Control Update

Be reminded that outdated heating systems will mostly correspond to wasting a lot of energy and money in the process. That’s why most homeowners will try to weigh on the idea of replacing their boiler with a new one. But it’s not really that easy since new ones can actually cost around $5000 or even more.

efficient heating systemAn update does not necessarily mean total replacement. It can mean you’re just going to replace the heating controls most especially if they are over a decade old already. By replacing and updating your heating control, you are giving your entire heating system a favor because it means more accuracy.

Room Thermostat

Getting the best out of your thermostat is another good way of helping yourself save money by using your heating system. The role of the room thermostat is to monitor the temperature in the living space, and it is sited away from the windows, television, and radiators. It may go without saying by the most ideal money saving tip is to turn down t he heating in rooms. A change of even 1-degree will allows you to save about a hundred bucks a year. Obviously, that’s something you can start with.

Zone Your Heating System

Also, instead of installing just one thermostat, you can actually have various and separate heating circuits wherein each must have their own thermostat. By doing so, you actually get to zone the temperatures in different areas in your living space or home. It means you get higher heating in the room or area where you spend most of your time. Hence, you get to set lower temperatures in the other rooms that you usually don’t spend some time.

Program Heating

With a programmer or timer, you allow yourself to set different times for when your boiler will be turned on or off. A programmer is handy because it gives you the ability to set times without you having to manually do it every single time. For instance, you can consider factors like when will everyone leave the house to go to work and school and when is the time when everyone is around.

So those are just some of the ways for you to be able to save money for your heating needs. However, be reminded that whenever there are functioning and operational issues or problems, the only course of action left is heating system repair, and put in mind that you really cannot do the fixing yourself. You have to call in the experts for that kind of work.


Time To Think About Servicing Your Lehighton Heating System

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Heating Oil Guru

heating system servicingWhen you eventually experience shorter days and colder nights, it usually means that the heating season is fast approaching. It is the time of the year when you count on your heating system to maintain an ideal and comfortable temperature in your Lehighton home. Likewise, it is the same exact time where you have to schedule for heating system repair and servicing.

Do keep in mind that the concept of preventative services enables you to have the ideal and energy-efficient heating system you need and by doing so, you’re actually making room to obtain a lot of benefits in the process.

The Reduction of Energy and Fuel Costs

When your Lehighton heating system is functioning and running at its utmost efficiency, it corresponds to lesser energy in order to operate. And when it does use lesser and minimal energy, it means you don’t have to pay that much money for your utility and energy expenses. The concept of energy-efficient heating systems is that they don’t have to consume that much fuel in order to provide a sufficient amount of heat and warmth for your home or living space. And in order to obtain that high efficiency level, your heating system has to be subjected to regular servicing. Again, the main purpose of which is to prevent the unwanted use of fuel.

Part of the servicing is to check the furnaces. The components of the furnace such as the flue pipe, combustion chamber, flue, and chimney must be guaranteed to be free from stuff like corrosion, leaks, and the accumulation of dirt. You have to understand that faulty equipment will not only waste energy and fuel, it also tends to overwork your furnace just to keep the living place warm. And when the furnace is overworked, it usually means shortening its lifespan.

Putting Health and Safety as Main Priorities

Heating systems are designed to burn fuel in order to produce the necessary heat for the home during the cold season. In the process of burning, there is what we call as “by-products.” This includes corroded and dirty combustion chambers, gaps and holes in the flue pipe, clogging in the chimney, or breaks in the flue. When these things occur, it will likely lead to the creation of carbon monoxide and the substance will leak into the places or areas in the home where you and your family frequently stays. When carbon monoxide is leaked, it poses a risk and imminent danger on your health. So with regular servicing of your Lehighton heating system, you get to assure that your family is protected against those health risks.

Improvement of Energy Efficiency

In the end, experts in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning all agree that preventative service and maintenance is the most sensible way of avoiding problems in the future. Just like any other appliance, machine, or equipment, the heating system will only work with maximum efficiency if it is maintained and checked regularly. It does not fix on its own.