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How should I prepare my generator for winter?

When it comes to providing peace of mind, few home comfort appliances can compete with a whole house generator – but that’s true only if your generator works reliably when you need it most. To make sure your generator answers … Continue reading

How much heating oil will I need this heating season?

“How much heating oil will I need” is a question that enters the minds of many homeowners this time of year, especially once temperatures in northern New Jersey start to take their annual dive some time around the holidays. The … Continue reading

What Is Better, Forced Air or Radiant Heat?

How you heat your home has a big impact on how much you pay to heat your home – and how comfortable you will feel in your living space. But how do you choose among your many options if you’re … Continue reading

End of summer A/C to-do list

Fall is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about the cooler months ahead here in Northern NJ – but not before we take care of few straggling to-dos for your central air conditioning system. Here are five … Continue reading

What temperature should you set your thermostat?

To many people, the thermostat on their wall is just a box that controls temperature…they walk over to it when it’s too cold in the house and turn up the heat, or do the reverse when it’s too warm in … Continue reading

Summer energy efficiency tips for your Northern NJ home

Summer is in full swing here in NJ – time to set your thermostat for “cool” and get that central air conditioner up and running! …but just remember to do it smartly. Try these 10 cost-effective tips to help you cool … Continue reading

Six HVAC tips for your pet-friendly home

Pets give us all kinds of love – and sometimes that love comes in the form of a little shed fur and dander, just for good measure. If you have a forced air HVAC system in your Northern NJ – or … Continue reading

Be Prepared: A Severe Weather Checklist from Bolkema Fuel

Chantal. Humberto. Nestor. Sebastien. No, they’re not the names of your hipster neighbors, or characters from a new show on Netflix – they’re hurricane names. More specifically, they’re names for 2019 Atlantic hurricanes that we could be hearing a lot … Continue reading

Cooling cleaner: Freon, R410A, and the future of eco-friendly air conditioning

Air conditioning has become so commonplace in our every day lives that most of us can’t even imagine a summer in NJ without it. Unfortunately, the magic cooling gas at the heart of many air conditioners (Freon, a.k.a. R-22 refrigerant) … Continue reading

When was the last time you checked your furnace’s air filter?

Your furnace has been working hard this winter, laboring day and night to keep your northern New Jersey home warm and comfortable. One consequence of your heating equipment running all-out like that is that your furnace’s air filters are also … Continue reading