What Is a Mini-Split Air Conditioner?

How Can One of These Appliances Be of Benefit to My Home?

mini-split installation pennsylvaniaMany people believe that there are only two options for keeping their homes cool and comfortable:

  • One is central air conditioning.
  • The other is a traditional window air conditioning unit.

Both have their distinct advantages, but disadvantages as well. Which one would you pick? Let’s detail this a bit further.

If you use a boiler to heat your home, you likely do not need the ductwork that central air conditioning needs to carry cooled air around your home. However, you will need to install that ductwork if you want central A/C, adding thousands of dollars to the already large expense of the central air conditioning unit itself.

In fact, did you know the national average cost for installing central A/C alone is $5,649?

Adding ductwork has a national average cost of installing ductwork is around $40 per linear foot. Depending on the size of your home, that could put the total cost of adding central air conditioning to your home over $10,000. Ouch!

On the other side of the equation, traditional window units are inefficient energy hogs, unattractive, and a hassle with needing to be installed in the spring and uninstalled in the fall. They also are a security risk, as they provide an entry point for burglars. They block light while letting in dust, dirt, pollen, and bugs.

Want some good news? You can avoid all these disadvantages by having Poore’s Propane install ductless mini-splits to your Delaware area home!

How Do Ductless Mini-Splits Work?

Ductless mini-splits have only two major components: the outdoor compressor unit and the indoor air handler. The compressor is connected to the condenser with a tube that also houses power and communication lines.

The compressor compresses refrigerant. That compressed refrigerant is then sent to the condenser where it releases its heat, which is dispersed out of the unit to the outdoors. The refrigerant, now a liquid, is sent through the conduit to the evaporator. The refrigerant absorbs heat from warm indoor air that is blown over the evaporator coils.

The now-cooled air is sent out of the air handler and back into your home.

What Are the Benefits of Ductless Mini-Splits?

Ductless air conditioning systems can be installed in houses in less than a day and at a much lower cost than traditional central air conditioning. Ductless mini-splits can be installed anywhere in your home, giving you the freedom to place them where they work best. This means you no longer have to deal with window A/C units, nor do they require that pre-existing ductwork.

Your ductless AC can be customized to your home, too! You can choose the size and strength of the air handler depending on the space you are cooling. Ductless A/C units can operate independently resulting in efficient zoned cooling all around your home!

Ready for a cooler, more efficient means of comfort in your home before the summer season draws to a close? Contact Poore’s today to get started on adding a ductless mini-split system! We’ll even provide you with a FREE no-obligation estimate. Just give us a call—we’ll be happy to help.

Why Should I Enroll In a Budget Plan?

Smartpay—and Our Other Convenient Payment Options—Makes Managing Your Fuel Costs Easy!

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After the stress of these past 16 months, many of us are looking for ways to make life a little easier.

One way to do that is to take control of your fuel costs. Poore’s has a perfect solution: Enroll in our SmartPay budget plan!

With SmartPay, your heating oil and/or propane payments become easy to manage. With 9 easy, even monthly installments, it’s an affordable way for you to plan for the future.

How Does Smartpay Work?

Look up your last year’s Poore’s statements. Hint: You can find them easily with a Poore’s online account!

The cost of fuel varies depending on the season. It tends to be the most expensive during winter because of increased demand for heating oil or propane in home heating. Those increased fuel costs can be stressful when you are also facing higher bills during and after the holiday season.

But when you sign up with SmartPay, you will no longer need to worry about fuel costs going up and down. You will know exactly what your monthly cost is for propane or heating oil, each and every month. Planning your budget will be made far simpler!

You’ll enjoy the convenience and ease that comes with our SmartPay program, as well as peace of mind from dependable heating oil and propane delivery we provide.

Enroll In Auto Pay For Even More Benefits!

Poore’s has another option to manage your propane or heating oil costs.

With Auto Pay, you can forget about letting any heating oil or propane bills slip your mind. Your payment will be automatically deducted from your credit card or checking account each month, so your payment is on time, every time.

Does Poore’s Offer Plans for Heating Oil?

Yes, we do! Poore’s offers a Capped Price plan for heating oil. Before heating season sets in, the price-per-gallon you will pay for heating oil will be determined at a singular price. You’ll never pay more than that price. But if heating oil prices fall, you’ll pay that lower price!

You also get stability and security when it comes to your heating oil costs, because you are protected from any price spikes as the result of natural disasters, geopolitical issues, or other situations that cause heating oil market rates to rise.

Contact us today to learn more about—and enroll in—our SmartPay budget plan, Auto Pay billing or heating oil capped price plan!

Summer Energy Efficiency Tips You Should Know

Use Those Savings Towards Something Fun!

a/c home energy pennsylvaniaThere’s so much to do during summer in the Delmarva region!

Days at the beach, nights under the stars at an outdoor concert, taking the family out for ice cream, getting together with friends over a pile of crabs.

Who knows? Maybe you can enjoy more of this if you cut your energy costs! We have some tips to help you do exactly that:

Managing Your Air Conditioning Usage

When the temperature drops after sunset, stop using your air conditioning and instead open the windows and use ceiling fans for cooler air and ventilation. Conversely, too much sunlight can heat up your home during the day. Make sure to close curtains and blinds to keep direct sunlight from entering your home during the daytime hours.

Regular maintenance is an important part of taking care of your HVAC systems in both the summer and winter seasons. Don’t skip that routine care! A tune-up by a qualified technician will make sure that your air conditioning isn’t working as hard to cool your house this summer and reduce strain on the unit, helping to save you money on energy costs. In fact, a Poore’s Propane service plan includes an annual tune-up!

Take good care of the unit between tune-ups by changing filters regularly, vacuuming registers to get rid of dust, and having ductwork cleaned as suggested by your installer.

Add or Upgrade Propane Appliances

Propane appliances offer outstanding energy efficiency, which can save you money all year long. For example:

  • A propane tankless water heater can cut your water heating costs by 30% or more compared with an electric storage water heater.
  • Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry 25% faster than comparable electric dryers. You also save energy because propane clothes dryers produce fewer wrinkles on your laundry, meaning you won’t be ironing as much!

Give Your Kitchen a Summer Vacation

Cooking can significantly increase the temperature in your home, especially if you use an oven. That can cause the A/C to cycle on more often, driving up your energy costs. Use your stove only in the morning or later at night.

This is a perfect chance to utilize small appliances such as your multicooker, toaster oven, microwave, slow cooker, electric griddle, or air fryer. When you have the opportunity, cook outside by using your propane grill!

Save Energy by Choosing the Proper Light Bulbs

Only between 10% and 15% of the energy an incandescent light bulb uses goes towards actual light. The rest of the energy goes into heat, which will aid in raising the temperature in your home and make the air conditioning work harder. That’s right, even these small, incremental temperature increases can play a big role!

Switch incandescent bulbs to LED or halogen bulbs, which produce minimal heat. Move lamps with incandescent light bulbs to another location away from the thermostat. They give off enough heat to tell the thermostat it’s warmer than it is, which causes the A/C to turn on more often.

Contact us for equipment service that keeps your HVAC and comfort equipment as efficient as possible all year long. Our service experts can also discuss with you our available financing opportunities, and you can also learn more about our maintenance and repair services and our peace-of-mind service plans!

Why Get a Service Plan for Your HVAC Equipment?

Time Is Running Out on a Great Deal From Poore’s!

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With your home’s HVAC system working year-round to keep your Delmarva home safe and comfortable, taking good care of it is paramount.

Poore’s Propane service plans make that easier—and more affordable! And now you can take advantage of our limited-time offer that helps you save on the service plans that protect your HVAC equipment.

These savings end on June 30, 2021, so act fast! Here’s what we’re offering:

Silver Service Plans: Save $50 on our Silver plan, which includes an annual tune-up, a 15% discount on all parts, 24/7 priority service and scheduling.

Single-unit Gold Service Plans: Save $75 on our single-unit Gold plan, which includes an annual tune-up, 100% repair coverage on dozens of covered parts, 15% discount on all repairs not listed in the plan, 24/7 priority service and scheduling with NO diagnostic fee.

Combination Heating and Cooling Gold Service Plans: Combine your heating and cooling into one service plan and save $160 on a plan which includes annual tune-ups for both heating and cooling systems, 100% repair coverage on even more covered parts than the single-unit Gold plan, 15% discount on repairs not listed in the plan, 24/7 priority service and scheduling with NO diagnostic fee.

Save Now—and Later Too!

A yearly maintenance plan meant to extend the life of your systems will also save you money down the road. It’s an undoubtedly affordable way to protect your equipment! We’ll do a thorough inspection of your unit and discover any potential problems before they cause further damage or a breakdown, saving you from higher repair—or replacement—costs.

Many equipment manufacturers have an annual requirement for professional maintenance which is necessary to maintain the warranty on your product. Our service plans can help keep your warranties in effect, protecting you now and well into the future!

Poore’s service plans also give you peace of mind because you know your equipment is properly cared for. And if you do ever need repairs, your repair bill will likely not be as big as it would be without a service plan.

The clock’s ticking. This deal ends soon! Make sure to contact us today to enroll!

Propane & Pools: A Perfect Match For Summer!

Poore’s Propane Helps Keep Your Pool Warm All Season Long!

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Summertime brings with it the welcomed routine of splashing around your backyard oasis, but we all know that it also brings the occasional bad weather, whether it’s an occasional thunderstorm or a dissipating hurricane making its way up the east coast.

Poore’s Propane can help prepare you for either scenario, as propane is the ideal fuel for both pools and whole-house backup generators!

We can easily install and lease a propane tank to power your pool heater and backup generator—and provide reliable propane delivery all year round for your Delmarva-area home!

Advantages Of Propane Pool Heaters

Your pool is a major investment for your home as well as your quality of life there. And a propane pool heater allows you to make the absolute most of it!

Why a propane-powered pool heater, though? Well, for starters, electric pool heaters only heat your pool about one degree per hour. It could take all day to get your pool comfortable with an electric pool heater. Propane pool heaters get your pool warm in less than half that time!

Propane’s speed and efficiency mean you get your pool warm not only faster—but for less money. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that propane pool heaters can reach efficiencies as high as 95%. For every dollar you spend on propane for heating your pool, 95 cents of that goes directly into heating. Electric counterparts have efficiencies as low as 35% by comparison!

Because propane pool heaters also run for less time to get and keep your pool warm, there’s less wear on the pool heater parts. Maintenance costs are inherently reduced as is the risk for a breakdown and the repair costs that go with it.

Benefits Of A Propane Whole-House Backup Generator

So many parts of our lives depend on our homes always having power. A propane whole-house backup generator protects our property and our loved ones ensuring exactly that. Here’s just some of what a propane whole-house generator can do:

  • Power home security systems and sump pump to keep your home and family safe in times of emergency.
  • Keep the refrigerator running so food stays safely cold or frozen for elongated periods of time during an outage.
  • Provide power for electronics and chargers for work, entertainment, and a connection to the outside world.
  • Power HVAC systems so your home kept is comfortable even in the most unfavorable weather conditions.

Poore’s Is Your Local, One-Stop Shop For Propane Services

At Poore’s, you’ll not only get the right sized tank for your pool or generator, but the tank will also be of top quality, with a special coating designed to protect against corrosion.

We can install our propane tanks both aboveground and underground—our team has the talent and expertise to handle the toughest or trickiest of jobs! Plus, with our affordable propane tank leasing, we’ll save you the upfront costs of buying a propane tank outright, as well as all maintenance and repair costs in the future that come with that investment.

What’s even better? With our Automatic Delivery, you’ll have peace of mind that your generator or spa will always have the propane it needs!

Interested in adding a propane tank to your home to power one—or both—of these appliances? We can help! From tank installation to running lines and making the proper connections, Poore’s has you covered. Contact us today to get started!

Enrolling In SmartPay, Auto Pay, And An Online Account

Poore’s Propane Makes Life Easier—In So Many Ways!

online propane bill pennsylvaniaWith summer coming soon, we’re looking forward to getting outside and enjoying all the fun the Delmarva region has to offer, from days at the beach to weekend cookouts.

One thing we don’t want to do is spend a lot of time dealing with household bills. Fortunately, Poore’s Propane has several options to make managing your fuel costs easy all year long.

Have You Heard Of SmartPay?

Go look at your Poore’s—or other fuel provider’s—heating oil and/or propane statements from the past year. What do you see? Odds are that your bills go up and down based on your usage from season-to-season. Our SmartPay plan takes you off that roller coaster!

We’ll spread your fuel coasts out over simple, level monthly payments. You can get a better hold of your household spending and be free of worries over larger fuel bills around the holidays.

What About Auto Pay?

If you’ve ever forgotten to pay a bill or mailed it in and it doesn’t get there until after the due date, you know the stress—and the late charge—that go along with it.

Auto Pay ends that worry and hassle! Your monthly payment is automatically deducted from your credit card or checking account. Your payment is on time, every time!

There’s another benefit to Auto Pay. If you use a credit card for Auto Pay that has a points-based rewards program for things like travel, shopping, or cash back, you’ll earn those rewards even faster.

How About Creating A Poore’s Propane Account Online?

Many of us are trying to get—and stay—organized. An online Poore’s account helps with exactly that!
When you enroll in an online account, everything related to your Poore’s account is right there in one easy-to-reach place. No hunting through piles of paper for statements.

Here’s what you can do with a Poore’s online account:

  • Pay your bill
  • Review current and past statements
  • Review fuel usage history
  • Request service
  • Request delivery

You can access all that information from your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, so you don’t even have to be home to check your Poore’s Propane account! It takes less than five minutes to sign up—all you need is the account information on your latest invoice!

Ready to get started on enrolling in one—or more—of these convenient programs? Contact us today! We’ll be happy to help.

Is A Heating Equipment Service Plan A Good Deal?

Save BIG This Season By Protecting Your HVAC Equipment With Poore’s!

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Your home’s heating and cooling equipment are essential to keeping your home safe and comfortable. They’re also undoubtedly major financial investments.

The best way to protect those investments is with professional maintenance and repair services. With Poore’s Propane, you get outstanding equipment service from our trained, experienced service technicians. We can also help you save on maintenance and repair costs with our affordable service plans!

Right now, we’re running a limited-time special on all our plans so you can choose the one that’s right for you!

Service Plan Specials

Here’s what we’re offering:

Silver Service Plans: Save $50 on our Silver plan, which includes an annual tune-up, a 15% discount on all parts, 24/7 priority service and scheduling.

Single-unit Gold Service Plans: Save $75 on our single-unit Gold plan, which includes an annual tune-up, 100% repair coverage on dozens of covered parts, 15% discount on all repairs not listed in the plan, 24/7 priority service and scheduling with NO diagnostic fee.

Combination Heating and Cooling Gold Service Plans: Combine your heating AND cooling into one service plan and save $160 on a plan which includes annual tune-ups for both heating and cooling systems, 100% repair coverage on even more covered parts than the single-unit Gold plan, 15% discount on repairs not listed in the plan, 24/7 priority service and scheduling with NO diagnostic fee.

Benefits Of Poore’s Propane Service Plans

An annual maintenance tune-up is a part of all our service plans, helping to protect your equipment and your wallet. A professionally tuned-up HVAC system runs at its best efficiency, saving you on energy costs month-after-month. It also runs better so there’s less wear on the parts. A tune-up gives our trained, experienced service technicians the opportunity to thoroughly inspect your equipment and spot problems before they cause further damage or a breakdown—protecting you from higher repair costs.

Did you know? Many equipment manufacturers require annual professional maintenance for their warranties to remain valid. Our service plans can help keep your warranties in effect, protecting you now and in the future!

Poore’s service plans are not only affordable, but they can also help protect you from having to face replacing your equipment when you aren’t ready to. Here are some numbers that show just how much replacement can cost you.

These are the national average costs for replacing your HVAC equipment:

Furnace: $4,495
Boiler: $5,838
Central air conditioning: $5,644
Heat pump: $5,674

Service plans from Poore’s Propane help your equipment last longer, with fewer breakdowns.

Remember, these specials are only for a limited time, so there’s no time to waste! Contact us today to enroll—or visit our website for additional information.

Why Should I Top Off My Heating Oil Tank Before Summer?

Protect Your Heating Oil Tank From Sludge And Corrosion!

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Spring is in full swing here in the Delmarva region, and winter is receding from memory.

Like many folks who utilize heating oil in our area, you probably used whatever heating oil was still in your tank to get through the end of winter and plan on getting a heating oil delivery sometime this fall. That’s not exactly a good idea—and for several reasons.

Top off your heating oil tank now, and you’ll be protecting both your heating oil tank and your home.

Stop Condensation

Condensation is the beginning of big trouble for your heating oil tank.

When you leave empty space in your heating oil tank, it’s an invitation for condensation to develop on the bare interior walls of your tank. Eventually, that condensation drips off and sinks to the bottom of the tank. That creates an ideal environment for the development of bacteria and sediment, which cause corrosion. That corrosion can lead to tank failure, which comes with a lot of hassle and expense.

Prevent Sludge

Sludge is another problem that gets its start from condensation. When sludge develops along with the bacteria and sediment, it can clog your fuel lines, reduce the efficiency of your heating system, and, if the lines are fully clogged, your furnace or boiler won’t get fuel and your heating system will break down.

Stay Ahead Of The Game

Often, a cold snap can happen early in the fall. But if you only have the leftover heating oil from last winter, you may not have enough to keep your home safe and warm through that cold snap.

By filling your heating oil tank now, you can be ready to turn on your furnace or boiler whenever you need to and take advantage of off-season heating oil prices to boot!

Take care of your heating oil tank and save yourself from any headaches. Contact us today to schedule a heating oil fill-up!

Does Your Air Conditioner Needs Servicing?

Poore’s Propane Service Plans Keep Your AC In Tip-Top Shape!

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It’s getting closer to the time that we’re going to have to turn on the air conditioning back on in our homes.

And now is also the ideal time to have your home’s central air conditioning system get its annual maintenance and tune-up! Our knowledgeable, experienced service technicians will get your A/C running at its peak efficiency, which helps keep your energy costs down throughout the warmest months of the year. This also gives them an opportunity to spot and fix any problems before they lead to a breakdown.

You can help take care of your air conditioning system and protect yourself against big repair bills with our air conditioning service plan. An annual maintenance tune-up is included in the plan!

If you observe any of the below signs with your central A/C, make sure you contact us for a service visit right away:

1. Warm air or poor air flow

If the air coming from your vents while the air conditioning is on, the most common reasons are that the A/C is low on refrigerant or there is a problem in the compressor.

If air is weakly circulating through the vents, that could also be a sign of a compressor problem.

2. The A/C cycles on and off with increased frequency

Does your central air conditioning run for short lengths of time then shut off, only to do it again a short time later? It may be a problem with the thermostat. A more serious issue is that the A/C system may be too large or too small for your home.

3. The air coming out of the A/C has a foul odor

If there’s an electrical, scorchy smell, it usually means that the wire insulation has burned out somewhere in the air conditioning system. Does the air from the A/C smell musty? That could also mean mold in the ductwork.

4. Strange sounds

If you’re hearing sounds like squealing, grinding, and scraping while the A/C is running, the common reason is that there is a worn-out or loose part somewhere in the system. Don’t put off a service call. This could develop into a worse problem with bigger repair bills.

Make sure your home’s air conditioning system is ready for summer. Schedule your annual maintenance tune-up today. And don’t forget to ask about our service plans!

What Month Is Propane The Cheapest Price?

Poore’s helps you take control of your propane costs all year long!

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If you’re looking for ways to manage your household costs, your propane costs are understandably a target.

Some people like to keep an eye on the markets, to see when propane prices are lower. Usually, mid-to-late late summer is when prices are lowest across the market, but that can change in the face of natural disasters or geopolitical crises affecting the economy.

For people with busy lives or no interest in regularly checking markets, Poore’s Propane offers our work-free and worry-free Automatic Delivery. We track your propane usage with our state-of-the-art computer system alongside the current weather conditions and schedule a delivery to your home before you run low. No need for periodically checking your propane tank, no worry about runouts.

Whichever way you choose to buy your propane, the best advice we can pass along is to always avoid a propane runout. If you run out of propane, you need to pay for an emergency delivery and professional re-lighting of the pilots in your propane appliances!

Poore’s not only offers competitive, transparent propane prices, we also offer payment options to make managing your propane costs easy as pie. We’ll detail two of our most popular options below:

SmartPay

Get out your propane statements from the last year. You will likely notice your propane usage going up and down, especially if you use propane for home heating. If you do heat your home with propane, you’ll notice your bills are going to be highest at an expensive time—during and after the holidays, and during tax season.

SmartPay gives you a way to avoid those wild swings in your propane bills and make managing your household budget easy. Your propane costs are spread out over 10 even, affordable monthly payments.
Enrollment time is this spring, but time is limited. Contact us to enroll today!

Auto Pay

With all you need to do in a day, having the opportunity to take something off your to-do list is welcome. Auto Pay does just that. Your monthly payments are automatically deducted from your checking account or credit card!

You no longer have to worry if mail service will make your payment arrive late. You no longer have to pay your bill each month either by mail or online. And if your credit card has a points-based rewards program, using it to pay your Poore’s bill gets you those rewards even quicker!

Make life easier with Poore’s Propane payment options and leave worries about pricing and run-outs in the past. Contact us today to get started!