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Winter Propane Safety Tips

When it comes to keeping you warm through the coldest months of the year here in Sullivan County, propane is one of the best and safest bets around. But as with any fuel, you have to know what to do if the unexpected happens in your propane-powered home. Here are six keys to winter propane […]

What is a considered a good AFUE rating?

AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – is a convenient measure for comparing the performance of one furnace to another; much like MPG for your car: the higher the AFUE number, the more efficient the equipment is (you can usually find the AFUE rating of your furnace on its faceplate; in some older models, the AFUE […]

No Heat? Please Troubleshoot Before Calling for a Heating Repair

As autumns in Sullivan County go, it’s been a mild one so far in 2019 – so there’s a good chance your heating system has yet to get a full workout. But we all know that cold weather is coming – and when it does, you may find that your heating equipment isn’t up to the […]

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Tankless Water Heater?

A water heater can is an important home comfort investment – a piece of equipment you will rely on daily for more than a decade. That’s why it’s so important to make a choice you can live with when the time comes to replace your water heater. One of the most important considerations you’ll have to […]

Avoiding a Thanksgiving Plumbing Disaster

It happens every year at locations all over Sullivan County: someone makes the mistake of pouring grease from that delicious turkey down the drain, and 24 hours later, they’re faced with a backed-up kitchen sink. Talk about a Black Friday. If his has happened to you in the past, you can take at least some […]

How Long Will My Heating Oil Last?

One question we get a lot here at Black Bear is, “how long will my heating oil last?” The answer to that question, like the answer to many questions about heating costs, is “It depends.” In this case, there are a number of factors involved – some that we know with certainty and others that […]

Will a Heat Pump Keep Me Comfortable in Winter?

A heat pump offers you a smart, efficient, and versatile way to heat and cool your home. But does it provide enough heat to keep you warm in the winter months? The answer to that question is…maybe. Heat pumps work by absorbing heat from one place and releasing it in another. In summer, that means […]

Why do I need to have my furnace installed by a professional?

Today’s furnaces are extremely energy efficient and built to last – but you won’t be able to take advantage of these benefits if your furnace isn’t installed properly. Today’s home heating systems are advanced pieces of electronic and mechanical equipment, and they should always be installed by trained, certified professionals so they can operate as […]

How Do I Choose a Heating Oil Supplier?

When it comes to choosing a heating oil supplier, many people start and end their search with finding the lowest price provider. We get it – owning and running a home in Sullivan County these days isn’t cheap. But like anything in life, you get what you pay for – and if a deal for […]

How Can I Save Money on Home Heating Bills This Season?

Cooler weather is coming to Sullivan County – and so are fall and winter heating bills. Want to keep those bills as low as possible? Here are seven energy efficiency tips to help you do it: Keep vents clear – Airflow is a key to keeping your forced air heating system running as efficiently as possible […]