Are AC Units Safe? Protect Your Family | Shipley Energy

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 6/15/16 12:00 PM

It’s that time of year again, where the air is so hot and stifling that you crave the relief of walking into a cool, air-conditioned building or home. Your unit works well and keeps your house cool on the hottest days, so no worries right? WRONG.

Topics: HVAC

Caring For You Air Conditioner As Summer Approaches | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 4/18/16 2:33 PM

There isn't a better time than early spring to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer months. With your system lying dormant for the winter, you need to take special care to avoid running into issues when you need your air conditioner most!

Topics: HVAC

Does My Furnace Need To Be Replaced? | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 2/23/16 9:00 AM

It's never too late (or too soon) to think about upgrading your furnace. There are a lot of signs to indicate that it's time for a replacement, but below are five of the easiest ways to tell that it's time to upgrade!

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, Electricity, HVAC

Winter Hacks To Keep Your Home Warm | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 1/14/16 8:30 AM

It took some time, but winter is finally here! As you know, wintertime energy spikes are driven by an increase in heating, the single largest user of energy in a home. Luckily, there are a number of simple and easy steps that you take now in order to help conserve energy, lower your bills, and help keep you warm this winter.

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

Power Outages: Be Ready When It Happens | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/20/15 8:11 PM

When it starts getting colder and the snow starts to fall, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do if your home loses power. There are some easy steps you can take before a power outage occurs that will make the loss of power a little bit more bearable. The list below is some things we suggest doing in the event that if something happens, you won’t be totally in the dark.

Topics: Electricity, HVAC

Heating Oil 101: Become An Expert | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/14/15 6:00 PM

Approximately 18 million American households use heating oil to heat their homes in the winter. Of those 18 million, most of those houses came be found in the Northeast. Even though it is so common, there are still many people who have questions about it. We’ve put together a small list of facts about heating oil to help answer a few of those questions!

Topics: Energy, Heating Oil, HVAC, History

Propane: Facts To Know | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/7/15 5:00 PM

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a gas that is typically compressed and stored as a liquid. It is a relatively new form of energy but it has an extremely interesting, although brief, history. Aside from its origins, there are many interesting things about propane that you may not know.

Topics: Propane, Energy, HVAC

Fall Energy Maintenance Checklist | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/24/15 10:27 AM

Fall is officially here.  For many, in addition to the appearance of pumpkin spiced everything, this signals the end of the cooling season and in a couple of weeks, the first time you’ll turn on your heat.  There are a number of things to check before you fire up your long-dormant furnace.                                                                                    

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

Annual Furnace Inspections For Your Home's Safety | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/2/15 11:01 AM

With winter approaching, now is the time to make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency for the season!  As the temperatures threaten to drop, it may not be something you consider a requirement if your furnace has been working fine. You may even be wondering if annual inspection this year is truly necessary.

A great way to look at it is to compare an annual inspection to maintaining your car. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, a lot of things will break down before you realize it. However, like a car, proper maintenance will give you a much longer life on your furnace. By some professional estimates, approximately 75% of all furnace breakdowns in the winter are a result of improper maintenance.  Energystar.gov and Energy.gov both agree that a yearly inspection is absolutely necessary to prolonging the life of your furnace.

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, HVAC

Renewable Energy In The United States | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/19/15 12:00 PM

There is no denying that petroleum, natural gas, and coal are the main sources of energy in the United States. With that in mind, it may come as a surprise that in 2014, approximately 10% of the energy consumed in the United States came from renewable sources. Renewables also account for approximately 13% of the nation’s total electricity production.

Topics: Renewable Energy, HVAC