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Everything you need to know about your propane tank levels.

gas gauge Rockaway, NJ Having a propane tank on your property can free you from the service interruptions associated with natural gas utilities and their often outdated infrastructure. However, you still need to ensure that your tank is filled so you can accommodate the energy needs of your heating system, water heater, cooking range, clothes dryer and other gas-fired products.

For households in Rockaway and throughout Northern New Jersey, Dixon Energy provides extremely dependable propane delivery service, including several ways to avoid unexpected run-outs. He can also offer guidance on how to keep track of your propane levels. Here are some answers to common questions we receive on this topic.

How do you read a propane tank gauge?

You can typically locate the gauge under a dome situated on top of your tank. Lift the hood, and you should see a gauge with numbers ranging from 5 to 95. These numbers indicate the percentage fill of your tank, not the number of gallons. So, if the needle is pointing to 50 on a 250-gallon propane tank, the tank likely contains about 125 gallons of fuel.

Bear in mind that this gauge measures the current volume of your propane (how much space it takes up) using a float on the end of a stem. Because propane expands and contracts with outdoor temperature fluctuations, there might be slight variations in your gauge reading if temperatures drop or rise quickly.

Why do you never see a propane tank gauge reading 100%?

You might have noticed that, after a propane delivery, your tank gauge normally reads about 80%. Propane companies never fill an aboveground propane tank higher than 80%. That’s because propane’s volume can expand quite a bit in warm weather. The “80-20 fill rule” is a safety precaution, leaving adequate space for your propane to expand safely.

How can you avoid propane run-outs with Dixon Energy?

Life gets hectic. It can be all too easy to forget to check your propane tank gauge. But a propane run-out is a huge, potentially pricy inconvenience. You could lose your home’s heating and hot water, plus other crucial appliances. We’ll rush someone out with an emergency propane delivery, but we won’t be able to fill your tank until we perform a safety leak test.

Happily, Dixon Energy offers Garden State homeowners some convenient ways to ensure they never run out of propane.

You can take advantage of FREE automatic delivery. With this service, Dixon Energy calculates your propane usage based on your home’s size, your prior propane usage and current weather conditions. Then, we’ll set up your next delivery well in advance so you won’t run low.

Want around-the-clock access to your propane tank levels? We also offer propane tank monitoring with TankUtility. A wireless tank monitor transmits real-time data about how much fuel you have on hand. We can track this monitor to know precisely when you need fuel. (Tank monitoring is especially useful for households with irregular usage patterns.) Plus, you can follow your readings via a smartphone app wherever you are!

To take advantage of these convenient automatic delivery programs, become a Dixon Energy customer.

Ductless mini-splits: efficient, long-term A/C wherever you need it.

ductless ac Union County, NJ How have you been cooling your home in Union or Morris County over the last few summers? At Dixon Energy, we speak to quite a few people at this time of year who mistakenly believe that they are stuck using loud, cumbersome, ineffective window air conditioning units just because their homes don’t have ductwork.

This is especially true of older houses in Northern New Jersey that use boiler systems for heat in the winter. But when the outdoor temperatures warm up, you can enjoy a more efficient cooling option with a ductless mini-split system.

How Ductless Mini-Splits Work

Ductless mini-splits transfer heat between the inside and outside of your home. They are composed of an outdoor compressor/condenser unit and several sleek, compact indoor air handlers. Your indoor and outdoor equipment are connected via thin refrigerant lines that run through your exterior walls.

To cool your home, your air handlers draw in warm air from your home. The refrigerant absorbs the heat from this air, transfers it to your outdoor unit and expels it outside. Cooled air then returns to your home.

Ductless mini-split systems have some considerable benefits over both window A/C units and central air systems.

Energy Efficient Home Cooling

Ductless mini-splits are energy efficient for several reasons.

Firstly, they provide “zoned cooling.” Each indoor air handler works independently, so you are able to cool individual zones to different temperatures and save energy in the process.

Additionally, you don’t experience duct losses with mini-split systems. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that losing air through leaky ducts can account for over 30% of energy consumption from central A/C systems.

Improved Indoor Environment

You can improve your overall quality of life with a ductless mini-split system. Here are some reasons why:

  • Without ductwork, your cooling equipment won’t circulate airborne dust, pollen, bacteria and other toxins. This will improve your overall air quality.
  • Ductless mini-splits operate incredibly quietly and can be positioned in discreet locations throughout your home.
  • You can get rid of the ugly window units sticking out of your home and blocking your sunlight.

Easy Installation and Long Service Life

The installation process for a ductless mini-split system typically only involves basic drilling to run refrigerant lines and mount equipment. The Dixon Energy team can generally finish a full-home mini-split installation in less than a day.

Plus, ductless mini-splits can last for over 20 years with proper maintenance, much longer than the average central A/C system or window unit.

Interested in ductless A/C? Come to Dixon Energy!

We perform more ductless mini-split installations than just about any energy company in Union County, NJ, and the surrounding counties of Morris, Somerset, and southern Sussex. Make this the first summer where you don’t need to lug your window A/C boxes out of storage and into place — and slash your energy bills in the process. At Dixon Energy, we proudly install and service top-of-the-line cooling systems from Fujitsu, and we also offer great financing through the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF).

Please request an appointment with our friendly HVAC experts to get started exploring your ductless mini-split options.

Tips for using a heat pump more effectively

heat pumps Sommerset County, NJ At Dixon Energy, we are immensely proud of our skilled and experienced team. Our technicians install and service gas and oil-fired heating systems. We also handle central air conditioning equipment and electric heat pump systems.

In Somerset County and across northern New Jersey, the households we serve come in many shapes and sizes. Some are historic houses, and others have been built in the last ten years. No two Garden State homes are the same, and every family has different heating and cooling needs. So, when customers ask if installing a whole house heat pump is a good investment, here is some of the guidance we provide.

How does a heat pump work?

Heat pumps work differently from furnaces or boilers. They don’t actually produce heat to distribute through your home. Instead, they move heat between the inside and outside of our home, which gives them the ability to provide both heating and cooling.

When it’s cold outside, a heat pump absorbs heat from the outdoor air using refrigerant. The system then transfers the heat to indoor air handlers, where it’s distributed inside.

The process reverses in warm months. The heat pump absorbs heat from inside your home, expels it outside and returns cool air inside.

Do heat pumps increase your electricity usage?

If you change your home’s heating system to an electric heat pump, you can expect to see your electricity consumption go up throughout the winter. However, much of this increase will be offset by a reduced need for natural gas, propane or heating oil.

The extent to which you see your electric bills increase will depend on how large your home is, how well-insulated it is and how often you use your HVAC equipment.

How can you most effectively use a heat pump?

As you might imagine, some households benefit more from heat pumps than others. Here are four tips for using a heat pump effectively.

  1. Take advantage of “zoned” heating and cooling systems. The air handlers of most heat pump systems can function independently. This allows you to save money by only running them in certain parts of your home.
  2. Choose the best placement for your equipment. Ductless heat pump systems have the benefit of a quick, adaptable installation. We can work with you to get you the best heating and cooling with the least amount of equipment.
  3. Set a temperature and stick with it. Heat pumps work better when you don’t fiddle with the temperature too much.
  4. Keep your outdoor equipment clear. Check in on your outdoor condenser regularly to ensure it isn’t blocked by weeds or debris.

Are heat pumps a good investment?

Converting a whole home’s HVAC system to a heat pump can be pretty expensive. It can often be a better investment to purchase a more efficient gas- or oil-fired furnace or boiler. Additionally, while heat pumps provide excellent, consistent air conditioning, they can often struggle to adequately warm a home during periods of sustained freezing temperatures. Quite a few Dixon Energy heat pump customers still have furnaces or boilers for supplemental heat in the coldest part of winter.

Dixon Energy is your heat pump partner.

If you want to explore your heat pump options, come to the HVAC experts at Dixon Energy. With over a century of experience serving New Jersey homes, we have handled countless heating and cooling installations. We’ll work with you to find the best HVAC equipment to safeguard your year-round comfort — and your wallet.

The Dixon Energy team is always ready to help with your home comfort needs. Contact us today for a FREE estimate.

Ensure that your propane or natural gas generator is ready when the power goes out!

generators Morris County, NJ Let’s be candid — when it’s icy cold or sweltering hot in northern New Jersey, our grid electricity is not always reliable. And that’s not even accounting for the heavy rainstorms that can knock out power in our region.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has found that, as recently as 2022, the average U.S. home endures 5.5 hours without power each year!

Think of all the food you can lose in your refrigerator and freezer during a blackout. Imagine how uncomfortable your home could get in February or July. And if you rely on an electric wheelchair, stair lift or at-home medical equipment, we don’t need to tell you how essential continuous power is.

It’s little wonder that so many Dixon Energy customers are investing in backup power options like the Honeywell standby generators we sell, install and service. Our team is available to ensure your generator is in good condition and ready to switch on when you need it most.

What Kind of Generator Do You Have?

There are several different kinds of generators, and it’s crucial to know what type you have so you can maintain it properly.

Portable generators run on gasoline or diesel or from a portable propane cylinder. These products must be turned on and off manually, and you’ll have to run cords inside to power specific items. (It’s always unsafe to run a generator indoors.)

Your owner’s manual will give you specific care instructions for a portable generator, but some general guidelines are:

  • Change its oil roughly every 50 hours of use.
  • Keep it out of inclement weather while ensuring proper airflow.
  • For gasoline and diesel products, drain any unused fuel at the end of the storm season, then replace it with fresh fuel.

By contrast, standby generators are powered by natural gas or from your home’s propane tank. They can power your entire home or select rooms, outlets, lights and appliances. Crucially, standby generators come on automatically when your home loses power.

Taking Care of Your Standby Generator

You can handle much of the upkeep for your standby generator yourself. Here are some general maintenance tips for your natural gas or propane generator:

  • Check your generator engine’s oil level regularly and top it off to the recommended level as needed.
  • Remove debris and plant life from around your generator to ensure proper ventilation. A generator should have five feet of clearance from anything flammable.
  • Look out for rust or corrosion on any part of your generator.
  • Regularly check your battery for leaking fluid, loose terminals or low voltage.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to professional generator maintenance is to arrange a tune-up every 12 to 24 months or after every 200 hours of use, whichever comes first.

Dixon Energy is your one-stop-shop for standby generator service.

If you need generator maintenance in Morris County or elsewhere in the Dixon Energy service region, our team can provide comprehensive service to keep your equipment running reliably. And if you have a propane standby generator, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of our free automatic propane delivery schedule. You’ll never run out of fuel for your generator and other essential equipment.

Dixon Energy customers enjoy unparalleled service and care. Join our family of customers today.

Don’t lose your home heating on a frosty winter night.

heating oil Randolph, NJ If you use heating oil to keep your home warm in the winter, you have one of the most robust heating fuels around. One gallon of heating oil can generate an exceptional 138,500 Btu of heat energy. You can feel confident that your furnace or boiler will keep you home comfortable on the coldest nights of winter.

Of course, you need to have heating oil in your tank to enjoy this reliable heat.

In Randolph and other North Jersey cities, the Dixon Energy team helps customers who need emergency heating oil deliveries. We also have no-fee delivery options that can make heating oil run-outs a thing of the past.

Why do people run out of heating oil in winter?

As you know, households with oil-fired heating equipment use more fuel in the winter when boilers and furnaces are running more frequently. Fuel usage also becomes less predictable. On a week where daytime temperatures reach the 40s, you will use less heating oil than when we’re facing a sustained cold snap.

If you neglect to check your tank’s gauge in the week before a winter storm or a sudden temperature drop, you could end up running out of heating oil when you most need it.

How do you check your heating oil tank gauge?

Your heating oil tank’s gauge is generally a glass or plastic vial located on top of the tank. There’s a colored disc suspended in the gauge, which has markings like a car’s fuel gauge: F, ¾, ½ and ¼.

The disc’s position will tell you how full your oil tank is. If you can’t see the disc at all, you might be out of fuel. If the disc is at or near the bottom of the vial, you’re probably close to empty. Reach out to the Dixon Energy team immediately for an emergency heating oil delivery.

If you’re a “will call” customer, we ask that you contact us before your tank reaches the ¼ mark. Doing so will minimize the chance of an unanticipated run-out, but it does require you to diligently track your tank levels.

Will a heating oil run-out harm your heating system?

The good news is that, while running out of heating oil can be a major inconvenience for your home and family, it typically won’t cause any lasting damage to your heating equipment.

However, restarting your furnace or boiler after your heating oil tank is filled will involve priming your oil burner. This process bleeds out any air that is in the system. Please consult your equipment manual, or you can talk to a Dixon Energy technician about it.

Dixon Energy puts an end to heating oil run-outs!

Becoming a Dixon Energy customer means you can take advantage of our complimentary automatic delivery service. When you enroll in this service, you no longer need to check your tank gauge. Our state-of-the-art system tracks your heating oil use. Then, we schedule your next heating oil delivery before you run low. Automatic delivery takes the stress out of home heating and ends the days of unexpected run-outs.

Get in touch with us today to become a Dixon Energy customer and start receiving automatic heating oil deliveries.

Propane safety tips to safeguard your home and family.

propane Morris Plains, NJ When we talk to customers interested in adding propane products to their homes, they often ask us about safety.

We understand the concern. Propane is a flammable gas, after all, and it’s important to know that your family and property will be safe, even if there’s a fuel leak. At Dixon Energy, we can help you use propane for a range of crucial needs — from heating and hot water to cooking, laundry drying and outdoor living — in the safest way possible.

Firstly, you should be aware that propane has an excellent safety record. The industry is highly regulated at federal, state and local levels, and propane companies like ours have high standards of safety. All our technicians are trained, licensed and have extensive experience installing and servicing propane equipment.

Additionally, propane itself is non-toxic. Even in the case of a leak, it won’t negatively impact soil, groundwater, aquatic life, marine life or plant life. However, it’s still important to know how to detect a propane leak and properly respond.

The Smell of Propane

In its natural form, propane does not have a smell. But propane producers add an odorant called ethyl mercaptan or methanethiol. This gives the fuel an odor like old meat, spoiled eggs or skunk’s spray. Odorized propane is easier to recognize.

Propane Detectors

We recommend that customers install UL-listed gas detectors near all propane appliances. These devices will alert you to a gas leak, even if your sense of smell is impaired. Bear in mind that carbon monoxide detectors, while essential safety devices, will not detect a propane leak.

Recognizing Propane Exposure

Propane vapor is an asphyxiation risk, so it’s vital to know the symptoms of gas exposure. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, light exposure can result in:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Coughing
  • Irregular heartbeat

Significant propane exposure can cause:

  • Pain or numbness in limbs
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid loss of consciousness
  • Asphyxiation
  • Heart Failure

Responding to a Propane Leak

If you suspect a propane leak in your home or anywhere else, please follow these steps:

  • Get everyone out of the affected area IMMEDIATELY.
  • Extinguish open flames, cigarettes and any other sources of ignition.
  • Don’t use thermostats, electric switches, telephones or any other appliances until you are clear of the leak.
  • If you can safely access the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder, turn it off.
  • Once you’re away from where you smelled gas, use your mobile phone or a neighbor’s phone to contact Dixon Energy or emergency personnel.
  • Stay away from the area, and don’t return or try to turn on the propane safety valve, even if you don’t smell gas anymore.
  • Give propane service technicians and/or emergency personnel time to check for escaped propane gas and to repair the source of the leak.
  • Once the leak is repaired, the propane service technician also needs to carefully inspect all of the gas appliances and then relight all of the gas appliance pilots.
  • Wait for the propane service technician and/or emergency personnel to give you the okay to return.

For more information on responding to a propane leak, you can check out our propane safety page.

Dixon Energy serves countless families in Morris Plains and elsewhere in northern New Jersey. If you need top-notch propane delivery and responsive equipment service, join our family of happy customers.

Heating oil produces a lot of warmth for your home.

oil heating Morristown, NJ At this time of year, a dependable, high-performance heating system is crucial for your family’s comfort and safety. When facing days of sustained freezing weather, you can’t afford an inefficient or unreliable furnace or boiler.

In Morristown and throughout Northern New Jersey, the Dixon Energy team services homes that are heated with heating oil, propane, natural gas and electricity. We can tell you candidly what’s great about oil heating — and other options you may want to consider.

Oil Heating Pros

People have been heating their homes with oil products for nearly two centuries. It has some tried-and-tested benefits, including the following:

  1. Heat Generation: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a single gallon of heating oil can generate about 138,500 Btu of heat energy. To produce that amount of heat, you’d need roughly 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  2. Improved Efficiency: Modern oil furnaces and boilers are more efficient than ever. Today’s oil-powered homes use about 700 fewer gallons of heating oil yearly compared to the 1970s!
  3. Safety: Heating oil is one of the safest ways to heat your home. It will not explode in its liquid form. To combust, heating oil must be vaporized by your burner at temperatures above 140°F.
  4. Energy Independence: With natural gas heating, you aren’t at the mercy of a utility for your heat. If there’s a system issue in your neighborhood, your natural gas furnace or boiler could be out of commission. You control your heating oil supply with a fuel tank in your home.
  5. Environmental Impact: Heating oil is greener than ever. All heating oil is ultra-low-sulfur, and our fuel contains organic biodiesel that significantly lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Oil Heating Cons

There are also some cons to using heating oil, including:

  • Heating Oil Tank Issues: These tanks can take up a fair amount of space in your basement or garage. And while modern, double-walled oil tanks are virtually leak-proof, older steel-lined ones are susceptible to fuel spills, which can be costly to clean up.
  • International Fuel Markets: Because petroleum heating oil is a product of crude oil, it is susceptible to the ups and downs of global energy markets.
  • Limited Uses: While a boiler, furnace or water heater may run on heating oil, you can’t use this fuel to power kitchen ranges, clothes dryers and other products.

Invest in Efficiency

When it comes to saving money on your home’s heating, converting to another energy source isn’t always the best option. The upfront costs can be prohibitive. For example, switching from heating oil to natural gas can cost between $6,000 and $13,000 — and there is never a guarantee that you’ll see sufficient energy savings to recoup the expense.

We’ve found that a better solution is to improve the efficiency of your existing oil-fired equipment. You can do this with regular maintenance or by upgrading to a high-efficiency oil furnace or boiler.

Talk to Dixon Energy about your heating options.

At Dixon Energy, we handle conversions to propane and natural gas. We also install high-efficiency oil and gas heating equipment, as well as electric heat pumps and mini-splits. Our skilled, experienced HVAC team can look at your home and budget and advise the best way to maximize your home comfort while minimizing your energy costs.

Get the home heating you deserve: contact the Dixon Energy team today.

A full propane tank can solve winter pressure problems.

propane Denville, NJ How low do you think the coldest temperature ever recorded in New Jersey was?

All the way back in 1904, Riverdale clocked a glacial -34°F! That’s pretty darned cold. At that temperature, diesel and heating oil start to gel. But what about propane?

Freezing weather can cause automobile startup problems and send struggling boilers and furnaces into full-on breakdowns. It’s reasonable to wonder whether your home propane’s quality could deteriorate in the cold winter weather. Dixon Energy can help you know the risks.

Will propane freeze?

Propane’s freezing point is -306.4°F. Not only is that way lower than New Jersey’s historic low temperature; it’s also much colder than the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth (−128.6 °F in Antarctica in 1983). You don’t need to worry about propane freezing in your outdoor tank.

Can cold weather affect my propane’s quality?

Your propane won’t deteriorate in any way in an outdoor propane tank. (Propane has an unlimited shelf life.) However, frigid weather can present issues with tank pressure.

Propane contracts in cold weather, meaning its volume decreases, and it takes up less space in your tank. This contraction can lower the internal pressure of your propane tank. Your tank gauge reading will likely drop, making it seem like you have less propane than you do. In periods of sustained extreme cold, this loss of tank pressure can prevent fuel from reaching the burners of your gas-fired equipment.

There are some simple ways to ensure your tank pressure stays consistent through the winter:

  1. Keep your propane tank filled to at least 30% throughout the heating season. Even better, you can enroll in Dixon Energy’s no-fee automatic propane delivery schedule. We’ll handle all the planning for you and ensure your tank level never drops too low.
  2. When we’ve had blustery winter weather, clear away any snow from the top of your tank. This will let the sunshine warm up your propane tank and minimize the volume contraction inside.
  3. Reduce your overall propane consumption by investing in a programable thermostat like the RedLINK smart thermostats from Honeywell that we install. With these devices, you can lower your indoor temperatures when you’re away from home or asleep. These adjustments will slow your fuel usage and can reduce your winter energy costs considerably.

Your Dixon Energy Winter Checklist

While you’re thinking about your wintertime comfort, here are some other ways you can make sure your home heating system is functioning at peak efficiency:

  1. Check your furnace’s air filter monthly and clean or replace it if it’s dirty.
  2. Check your vents and make sure they are clear and unobstructed.
  3. Schedule your annual heating system maintenance to ensure that your equipment is running safely and efficiently. If you have a Dixon Energy service plan, your tune-up is included!

Dixon Energy has kept households safe and warm in Denville and throughout northern New Jersey for over a century. Reach out to us today for a propane delivery or equipment service.

Ductless heat pumps offer adaptable heating and cooling.

heat pump heating rockaway, nj Home heating technology has changed quite a bit in recent years. Households in Rockaway, Morristown, Denville and other North Jersey communities have more options than ever to stay comfortable in the frigid winter months.

One option you can consider is an air source heat pump system. These electric heating and cooling options have been popular in Europe and the Southern U.S. for a while, but they haven’t always been a viable heating option for homes in the Northeast.

Technological advances in recent years have made it possible to heat your New Jersey home with a heat pump. However, many Dixon Energy customers chose to retain an oil- or gas-fired heating system as a backup.

How a Heat Pump Works

Unlike a furnace or boiler, an electric heat pump does not generate heat. Instead, it transfers heat between the inside of your home and the outdoor air. To do this, it employs three basic components:

  1. An outdoor compressor/condenser
  2. An indoor air-handling unit
  3. A combined power cable/copper tube/condensate drain connecting the outdoor and indoor equipment.

You can connect multiple indoor air handlers to a single outdoor compressor/condenser.

While the winter air outside might be cold, it still contains some heat. Your compressor absorbs this heat and transfers it to the air handler to warm up your home. In the summer, this process is reversed. The indoor air handler absorbs heat from your rooms, then expels it outside and returns cooled air to the room.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

There are considerable benefits to having a heat pump in your home. They include the following:

  • You don’t need ductwork for a heat pump system.
  • A heat pump installation is less disruptive than many other HVAC installations. It might involve only minor drilling to run lines and mount equipment.
  • Heat pumps can offer “zoned” heating and cooling. That means you can keep different rooms at different temperatures and save money in the process.
  • It will lower your reliance on heating oil, propane or natural gas during the fall and early winter.

Pairing a Heat Pump with a Supplemental Heat Source

While heat pump technology has advanced quite a bit, these systems can still struggle to keep a house warm during periods of sustained freezing weather. For this reason, many homeowners elect to hold on to their furnace or boiler and find themselves switching over to heating oil or gas heating when temperatures plummet in the dead of winter. We can look at your home systems and advise if a “hybrid” heating solution is right for you.

Talk to Dixon Energy about your heat pump options.

Are you interested in exploring some heat pump systems? Connect with the friendly HVAC technicians at Dixon Energy. We perform many heat pump installations and can show you a range of top-quality products for leading manufacturers like Fujitsu. Together, we can find a heat pump product that works for your home.

Don’t hesitate to contact Dixon Energy today to receive a free, no-obligation consultation.

Oil heating equipment is more efficient and eco-friendly than ever!

oilheat system Denville, nj Households have been staying warm and comfortable with heating oil for roughly a century — just about as long as Dixon Energy has served customers in Morris, Somerset, Union and Sussex Counties.

While heating oil is a time-tested energy source, it’s still worth considering whether it’s still a good way to heat your home. There are more home heating alternatives than ever for New Jersey homes. But heating oil still has some distinct advantages.

1. Superior heat generation

First, let’s consider heating oil’s amazing heat generation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one gallon of heating oil can produce 138,500 Btu (British thermal units) of heat energy. To create the same amount of heat, you would need about 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt hours of electricity.

If you’re considering converting to another energy source for your home heating, we recommend you talk to us first. Conversions to electric or natural gas equipment can have considerable upfront costs, and there’s rarely a guarantee that you’ll see energy cost savings to quickly defray those expenses.

2. Efficient furnaces and boilers

Not only is heating oil an effective fuel for generating heat, but the boilers and furnaces that use it are more efficient than ever. Today’s oil-fired heating equipment can have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings in the 90s. That means that almost all the heating oil you consume goes to keeping your family warm, and very little is wasted.

This is a big improvement on yesterday’s oil heating systems. On average, today’s heating equipment consumes 500 fewer gallons of fuel annually than systems did in the 1970s.

3. Cleaner operations

Home heating oil is greener and cleaner than the fuel your grandparents used. Gone are the days of black smoke and soot. Modern heating oil is ultra-low sulfur, with a sulfur content of 15 ppm (parts per million), down from roughly 4,000 ppm in earlier fuels. This is great for the environment, and it also slows wear and tear on your equipment, lowering maintenance costs.

4. Energy independence

When your home’s heating depends on natural gas, a utility issue can leave your entire neighborhood cold on a winter night. But that’s not the case with heating oil. An on-site heating oil tank is an energy source you control, and with a dependable heating oil delivery partner like Dixon Energy, you’ll never be out of fuel.

Let the Dixon Energy team safeguard your home heating.

Oil-heated homes across northern New Jersey trust Dixon Energy to keep their boilers and furnaces humming all winter long. Our free automatic heating oil delivery service frees you from needing to check your tank gauge and eliminates runout risks.

Additionally, you can trust our technicians to provide expert heating system maintenance, which will improve your equipment’s efficiency, reduce breakdowns and extend the system’s life expectancy.

To arrange a heating system tune-up or heating oil delivery, get in touch with the Dixon Energy team .