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Oil Storage Tank Choices – Good, Better, Best

Whether you’re considering replacing an aging oil storage tank, removing an underground oil storage tank, or installing a new tank in a newly constructed home, there are many choices available for your heating oil storage needs. Below we’ve given an overview of the options, to help make your decision a little easier.

Oil Storage Tank Size

There’s a few questions you may be asking when it comes to replacing or installing a new above ground oil tank. The first is probably “How big of an oil storage tank do I need?”  The most common above ground tank size is 275 gallons. If your tank is going in a basement, a smaller tank such as a 240 may be optimal for ease of access. The average New Jersey household uses about 600 gallons of oil per year, so a 275-gallon tank allows you to store enough oil to minimize your deliveries to about three a year, depending on your home’s usage.

What Type Of Oil Tank Should I Choose?

When it comes to oil tanks, your choices range between good, better and best. Modern oil storage tanks are constructed to exacting specifications, and carry warranties that go from 10 years to 30 years.  A good, cost effective choice for most homes is a single-wall tank. These standard oil tanks last upwards of 20 years. They are either painted or powder-coated. A powder-coated tank generally carries a longer warranty, and may be a better choice for outdoor applications.

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You can also opt for a single-wall/double-bottom tank. Oil is lighter than water, causing water to collect at the bottom of the tank beneath the oil. Double bottom construction helps ensure the integrity of the bottom of the tank. This type of tank usually carries a longer warranty than its single-bottom counterpart.

The top of the line oil storage tank is a double walled storage tank. We recommend and carry both Roth and Granby Double-Wall Oil Storage Tanks. These tanks are comprised of a polyethylene inner tank, surrounded by a roll seamed galvanized steel outer tank. The manufacturing process of the inner tank creates a seamless, leak proof, and corrosion proof storage system. The outer tank is constructed of strong, impact resistant and rust proof galvanized steel. (This outer tank is also resistant to salt corrosion, good news in for our customers towards the New Jersey shore.) The outer tank also boasts a fire resistant and oil resistant seal, making it one of the highest quality and safest tanks on the market.

double wall oil storage tanks

For even more peace of mind, Roth Double Wall Tanks now carry a 30-year warranty along with $2M worth of insurance against property damage caused by spill. For more information about Roth tanks in particular, click here.

Granby 2 in 1 Tanks also carry a 30-year warranty, and are manufactured in a very similar manner to Roth. For more information about Granby tanks, click here.

If you would like more information about any of the types of tanks we mentioned, or about tank replacement, our Tank Division is more than happy to help. Our qualified tank service can handle the whole job from start to finish…even the permits! Give us a call at 856-786-0707, we’re here to help!

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Air Conditioner Efficiency – Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

take the strain of your air conditioner

If your home isn’t equipped with a central air conditioner or if you just want to keep cooling costs down, there are a lot of ways to stay cool without cranking the AC to arctic temperatures. We’ve compiled a few in this list. These tricks and hacks can help take some strain off your air conditioner, keep cooling costs down and make your summer more enjoyable.

Close Off Unused Rooms

Your air conditioner will work more efficiently if it is cooling a smaller space. If you have unused rooms in your house, close them off in the summer. Shutting vents and keeping the door closed will help the cooler air stay in the used living space, and keep the warm air from the unused room inside.

Use Your Fans Right

During the summer months, ceiling fans should be pushing air down. Remember, ceiling fans cool people, not rooms, so turn the fan off when not in use, and on when you’re resting directly under it.

Box fans can be strategically placed to create a wind-tunnel effect. At night, when the temperatures are cooler, place one in an open window to draw warm air out and another in an open window do draw cool air in.

You can create a refreshing cool breeze by simply placing a bowl of ice water in front of a fan at an angle, so the fan blows across the ice. You can add to this effect by brewing a pot of peppermint tea, and then cooling it in the refrigerator. Place the iced peppermint tea in a spray bottle and mist yourself with it. The menthol in the tea will give your skin a cool tingle, adding to the cooling effect of the fan!

Dehumidfy

Humid air can make warm temperatures more uncomfortable. Your sweat evaporates more quickly when the humidity is lower, making you warm temperatures feel cooler. High humidity causes the opposite effect. A dehumidifier in your home will lower the humidity, helping you feel comfortable and cool.

Retreat To Cooler Rooms

Does your house have a basement? Generally, basements are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. Retreating to a basement during the hottest times of the day can be a great respite from the heat. If you don’t have a basement then the lowest level of your house is the best option.

Keep Curtains Drawn During The Day

Keeping your curtains or blinds closed during the day will help keep your house cool by reflecting sunlight away. This is especially important for windows facing west or south. Using white or light colored window treatments will make this even more effective.

Think Shade, Especially Around The Air Conditioner

Strategically planted foliage that shades windows and air conditioning units will block sunlight and help keep cooling costs down. Just remember when planting trees or shrubs near your air conditioner, make sure you leave enough room for proper air flow.

We hope you find these tips useful this summer! We’re here to help you stay cool. For any additional help with your home comfort needs during this summer season, give us a call at 856-786-0707, or email us. 

 

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Indoor Air Quality And Allergies – Breathe Easier With These Tips

After a somewhat dreary New Jersey winter, spring is finally here! With spring comes things like barbecues, baseball, picnics, flowers…and allergies! The pollen and other pollutants in the air can wreak havoc with allergy sufferers. Even indoors, these dastardly little guys can find their way to you and worsen allergy symptoms with things sore throats, runny noses, itchy eyes and the like. There are a lot of steps you can take to fight these little invaders, and help improve the indoor air quality in your home. “What kind of steps?” you may ask. Well, read on, and we’ll go over them with you. In no time the air quality in your home will be better, and the comfort levels all around the house will improve with them.

mitigate allergens with a few simple steps to improve indoor air quality

Indoor Air Quality Begins With Your Filters

Changing the filters in your air conditioning system is key to improving home air quality. Dirty, clogged filters restrict the flow of clean air and don’t trap the particles that worsen allergies. The rule of thumb for replacement of these filters is every six months, but it may be better to change them every three months if there are certain conditions present in the house, like pets, a large family, or if smoking is allowed in the home.

clean filters improve indoor air quality

Humidity Matters

When the humidity falls below 30%, particles and pollutants can linger in the air. A central humidifier (sometimes called a “whole house humidifier”) works in conjunction with your air conditioning system to inject steam or atomized moisture into the air, and keep your home at a comfortable level of humidity. This way those sneaky little particulates don’t irritate nasal passage and cause nosebleeds, congestion, or other allergy symptoms.

a typical whole house humidifier

A Little Light Can Make A Heavy Difference

Things like mold and bacteria love messing with allergy sufferers, and they also love your air conditioning ductwork. Installing an ultraviolet lamp within your ductwork can change that. UV light set at a specific wavelength makes short work of these wee beasties, improving air quality and levels of health within the home.

a simple uv light in the ductwork can improve indoor air quality

Purify Your Air With The Power Of Lightning

Ok, so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But one big step you can take to improve indoor air quality is to install an electronic air purifier (sometimes referred to as an ionizer or electronic air cleaner). An electronic air purifier uses electrically charge filters to collect pollen, dust, pet dander and the other contaminants that can worsen allergies. There are several advantages to an electronic air purifier, such as reusable filters. When the filters get dirty, simply remove them and wash them. This eliminates the need to keep a stock of filters on hand or trips to the store to pick one up.

a typical electronic air filter to improve indoor air quality

These types of systems are also highly efficient at removing contaminants. Look for a system with a Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) of 10 or higher.

 

If you have any questions about how to improve your home air quality, or want to look into some of these suggestions further, we’re here to help! Just give us a call at 856-786-0707 or an email, and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can!

 

 

 

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