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Should I Repair or Replace My Central Air Conditioner?

Repair vs. replace…it’s a choice that you will one day have to make about your central air conditioning system (unless you sell you house before you have to make that decision, if you’re lucky enough to be able to do that). Sometimes the choice is easy – especially if your cooling system is older or […]

Why Choose an EZ Pay Budget Plan from Black Bear?

If you’re a Black Bear heating oil customer (or ready to become one), there’s a great way to simplify your life and bring you greater peace of mind in the heating season ahead: sign up for our EZ Pay budget plan. Without EZ Pay, you may be in for some surprises next heating season. Now […]

How Does Outside Temperature Affect My Air Conditioner?

We may have passed the halfway point of cooling season 2019 here in Sullivan County, Northern Orange County and Eastern Ulster, but we still have a few weeks of potentially intense heat yet to contend with. Hopefully, your air conditioner has held up its end of the bargain so far this year – we have […]

HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Pets give us so much – even the skin off their backs. The bad news is that skin – or dander, and the fur that comes along with it – can have a big impact on your home heating equipment and cooling equipment (and your indoor air quality and energy bills as a result), especially in […]

Think You Have a Water Tank Leak? Maybe…

There’s an old saying: if it looks like a dog, walks like a dog, and barks like a dog…it’s probably a dog. Except when it isn’t. Now you might look at the title of this blog and think, “What the heck do dogs have to do with water heaters?” Usually, not much. But in this […]

Seven Ways to Save Energy When You Go Vacation

If you’re planning a summer getaway, you have probably set aside money for all the things you plan to do and buy while you’re away. But have you considered the costs to keep the home you leave behind up and running? By following these seven simple tips, you’ll save enough money on your energy bills […]

Six Sensible Energy-Saving Investments for Your Catskills Home

If you’re like many people in our Catskills service area (and throughout the country), you could be throwing money out the window this summer (literally, in some cases) because of subpar energy efficiency in your home. If you’re looking to make investments that will improve your family’s comfort, reduce your monthly energy bills, and improve […]

A Reminder on the Importance of HVAC Maintenance

You might be tempted to skip HVAC maintenance this year – after all, your cooling equipment and heating equipment worked just fine last year, didn’t it? The problem with thinking that way is that it doesn’t take into account one key thing: the fact that, like all home comfort equipment, your HVAC system loses efficiency […]

Three Mistakes to Avoid Make When Buying a New Home Cooling System

A home cooling system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make as a Catskills-area homeowner. Yet every year, we see people make their A/C buying decisions based on the recommendation of a friend – or on the word of a sales associate at a big box store who has never visited your home (or […]

Three Bedroom Air Hacks That Could Help You Sleep Better

Quality sleep is one of the most important contributors to health – as anyone who has trouble sleeping can attest. One great way to help yourself catch more or better Zs is by tweaking the conditions in your bedroom to support your body’s natural nighttime shut-down process – something that your home’s HVAC system can really help […]