Service Your HVAC Equipment in the Spring and Enjoy Efficiency Savings Next Winter

hvac service cape may, nj With winter giving way to spring, many families in Bucks, Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, and nearby counties have started cleaning and preparing for the warm weather. We hope that you don’t forget about your heating system!

Spring is a fantastic time to schedule an HVAC tune-up, and Blue Flame is one of the region’s most trusted service providers in getting your tune-up done right! Here are some crucial points to consider as you get ready to switch from heating to air conditioning.

Service Your Boiler or Furnace While It’s Not In Use

The mild spring months are ideal for heating service because you can turn off your boiler or furnace without sacrificing comfort.

Our team of service technicians can perform a thorough inspection, cleaning and calibrations and address any issues they uncover. You’ll hardly even notice they’re there.

Don’t Let HVAC Service Slip Your Mind!

You know the expression, “out of sight, out of mind?” That’s true of heating systems.

Many homeowners shut down their heating equipment at the end of the season and forget about it until the following winter. If you’ve forgotten about a tune-up until the late fall, you might end up scrambling to get service before the first cold snap—or worse—experiencing a breakdown during a cold winter evening.

Take Your Pick of Open Appointment Slots

Right now, our service technicians are more available to perform tune-ups because they aren’t answering countless no-heat emergency calls.

If you contact Blue Flame this spring, you can pretty much have your pick of appointment times. Once winter arrives—not so much.

Tune-Up’s Won’t Wear Off Before the Season

We often find that the reason that some customers wait to schedule a heating system tune-up is that they’re worried the cleanings and mechanical adjustments will “wear off” before the winter arrives.
Tune-ups don’t “wear off” while your boiler or furnace isn’t used over the spring and summer. The maintenance work that a Blue Flame technician does now will still be good when it’s time to light your burners and heat your home at the end of the year!

Schedule a Tune-Up Now and Save On Fuel Next Winter

We recommend that homeowners arrange a heating system tune-up once a year. It’s an integral step in keeping your furnace or boiler working all year round efficiently.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, diligent heating system maintenance and upgrades, combined with insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, can lower your energy bills by up to 30 percent annually!

What kind of maintenance do you receive from a Blue Flame technician? Your HVAC tune-up will ensure your equipment is clean and operating correctly and safely. We’ll also fix any issues that are developing before they lead to a breakdown. And the comprehensive service we provide also pays off in the form of a longer lifespan for your heating system.

Don’t forget to add “schedule a heating tune-up” to your spring-cleaning to-do list. Drop us a line right now to arrange service!

Comparing Barbecue Options for Price, Heat, Flavor and Cleanup

gas grills cherry hill, nj With spring just around the corner, the age-old debate between gas and charcoal grills will no doubt ignite once again. Indeed, both sides of the argument have their valid points. Some argue that charcoal provides better heat. Others point out that propane is more convenient.

At Blue Flame, we supply propane cylinders to grillers in Cherry Hill, Cape May, Chester, Doylestown and other cities and towns in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. We’ve also got our fair share of experience in grilling! Here’s how charcoal and propane stack up on the metrics that matter.

Grills and Fuel Prices

There’s no getting around the fact that propane grills are more expensive than charcoal grills. This makes sense, considering that propane grills have mechanical components to distribute and ignite the fuel and regulate the flame.

But while you might spend less purchasing a charcoal grill, the cost of charcoal itself—and starter fluid—is often higher per cooking session than propane.

Heat Generation and Temperature Control

Charcoal grills can reach higher temperatures (1,200°F) than propane grills (600°F), which makes them more adept at searing. It’s also worth noting that charcoal can burn at lower temperatures than propane without completely extinguishing.

But propane has the edge on temperature control. You need to constantly maintain and adjust charcoal to achieve the right temperature, but propane can change intensity with the simple turn of a knob.

Flavor Profiles

On this front, propane has the edge over charcoal. Propane has no taste, and it is incredibly clean burning. Any smoke from a propane grill is from drippings, not the fuel itself.

On the other hand, charcoal kicks up a lot of smoke and fine particulate matter. While this might be fine for smoking meats, it’s not great if you want your food’s natural flavors to shine through. This problem can be exacerbated by lighter fluid, which often leaves a distinct chemical taste.

Bear in mind, too, that you can achieve a similar charcoal-smoke flavor on a propane grill by using a smoker attachment.

Cooking and Cleanup Time

Charcoal can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to get going. And once you’re finished cooking, you must wait for the embers to cool down before cleaning up the ash and coals.

By contrast, propane grills provide the most convenience for cooking and cleanup. Lighting the grill is as easy as opening the flow of fuel and igniting the burners. When you’re finished, you can just turn off the grill, close your cylinder and run a brush over the grate. It’s that simple!

Find a Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange Near You to Fulfill Your Grilling Needs!

If you’re looking to fire up your propane grill this spring, keep an eye open for a Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange. You can find our cylinder exchanges at dozens of gas stations, convenience stores, home and garden centers and hardware stores throughout the region.

For grill tanks or to enjoy the most dependable propane delivery in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, join the family of Blue Flame customers today!

A Wireless Tank Monitor Can Prevent Unexpected Propane Runouts!

tank monitoring new jersey At this time of year, homes in Atlantic County, Bucks County, and across Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania depend on propane to stay warm no matter how icy it gets outside. Propane provides robust, dependable heat…but you need to keep on top of checking your tank levels to ensure you don’t run low or run out.

If you inadvertently run out of propane, you could be without heating—or hot water—until a Blue Flame team can perform an emergency pressure test, allowing us to refill your tank or relight your propane appliances. It’s a bit of a hassle and expense for everyone involved.

Who Most Commonly Experiences a Runout?

If you’re checking your tank gauges and calling us every time you need a propane delivery, you could risk a sudden fuel runout and all the headaches that go along with that.

Some groups most at risk for a run-out are:

Luckily, Blue Flame can take the stress and uncertainty out of receiving your propane deliveries!

First: Go Automatic

Want to say goodbye to running outside in the cold to check your tank gauge? How does never having to call us for a propane delivery sound?

Most Blue Flame customers avoid these inconveniences by taking part in our automatic delivery plan. With automatic delivery, the Blue Flame team handles all the planning and scheduling. Our computer systems use your usage history alongside the current weather patterns to determine how quickly you use your fuel. We schedule a delivery when we estimate that your propane tank is about 30 percent full.

Automatic delivery is a no-fee service, and you don’t have to buy more propane to participate.

Second: Add a Wireless Tank Monitor!

Automatic delivery is incredibly reliable, but it depends on up-to-date information to inform our calculations. Your usage rate could change suddenly because of an event such as a new child or putting an addition onto your home. You could face an unanticipated runout if we don’t know about these changes.

For total confidence in your propane supply, consider having us install a wireless propane tank monitor.

How does a propane monitor work? It attaches directly to your tank and transmits real-time data via wireless and cellular technology. The Blue Flame team will get an alert when your tank drops to a certain level. Then, we can deliver your propane precisely when you need it.

Even better, you can also track your tank level data using a free app. Go anywhere in the world; as long as you have a wireless signal, you’ll know exactly how much propane is in the tank!

If there’s a gusty snowstorm outside, you can check your tank without having to throw on a coat and boots. Now, that’s a relief.

Get in touch with us today to install a wireless propane tank monitor on your tank. Our technicians can do it in a matter of minutes, and you don’t even need to be at home.

What Appliances Can You Upgrade? We’ll Show You!

propane appliances pennsylvania You have more choices than you might realize when it comes to the energy you use in your home. And there’s a reason that upwards of 50 million American homes use propane in some capacity. It’s a clean, efficient, and incredibly versatile fuel.

Propane burns with exceptional efficiency, meaning you lose almost no heat energy in combustion. And its heat generation is superb! Propane produces more than double the Btu’s per cubic foot of natural gas. That means you get more comfort per fuel dollar spent.

And propane is eco-friendly, too. It has the lowest carbon intensity of any home heating fuel besides natural gas, but unlike natural gas, it’s methane-free. Propane also emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.

One of the most appealing qualities of propane is its adaptability. The fuel in your on-site propane tank can power many comfort systems, appliances and amenities.

Propane Appliances Inside Your Home

The effective and energy-efficient propane appliances you can enjoy include the following:

Propane for Outdoor Living

As many great uses as propane has inside your home, it’s just as helpful outdoors. You can power the following outdoor living amenities:

Blue Flame is the Local Propane Delivery Provider You Can Count On!

Households from Hunterdon to West Chester trust the Blue Flame team for timely, professional propane delivery. We’ve served Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania for nearly half a century. You can rest assured that we’ll quickly and safely get you the fuel you need to keep your many propane appliances running without interruption!

Don’t wait—contact us today to start receiving the most reliable propane delivery in the region.

*Source: Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)

Is It Smarter to Lease a Tank or Buy One?

gas tank lease pennsylvania From Brown Mills and Lakewood to West Chester and Philadelphia, homeowners in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania are increasingly turning to propane for heating, hot water, and a range of home appliances and amenities.

At Blue Flame, we always strive to make switching to propane easy and hassle-free. One of the first concerns that new customers have is how to arrange storage for their fuel. For that, we often recommend a tank lease. A propane tank lease is an alternative to owning your tank outright. You lease a tank from your propane company for a fee, and they handle the upkeep.

Deciding between owning and leasing a propane tank can be challenging, but we can help you weigh the pros and cons.

Should You Own or Lease Your Tank?

Essentially, the choice between leasing or owning a propane tank comes down to freedom versus responsibility. Owning your tank means you can choose who fills and services it. However, it also means you’re on the hook for a lot of work and expenses.

Here are some things to consider when arranging your propane storage:

Upfront Process and Costs

Depending on the size and installation parameters you need; a propane tank installation can cost anywhere from $450 to $3,000. If you choose to purchase your own tank, nearly all that expense—including permitting and excavation for underground tanks—falls to you.

If you decide to lease a tank from your propane delivery company, they handle most or all the upfront work themselves, at a lower cost on average.

The Life of the Lease

As the name suggests, leasing a propane tank generally requires a recurring fee. You’re also locked in with a single company for your fuel deliveries. If you switch to another propane company, you’ll likely need to swap out tanks.

That said, the recurring cost of a propane tank lease is minuscule compared to many expenses that come with tank ownership.

Maintenance, Repairs, and Replacement

Generally speaking, propane tanks are built to last a long time. But they do still require routine maintenance, safety checks, and repairs.

A propane tank lease shields you from having to absorb the costs of upkeep and repairs. Your propane company will repair or replace a damaged tank. And if your fuel needs change—because of a growing household or more propane appliances—your company can exchange your tank for a more appropriate size.

Blue Flame Makes Leasing Your Propane Tank Simple and Easy!

There’s a good reason that so many of our customers prefer to lease a propane tank from us. We have a range of sizes that can accommodate anything from a single gas range to your whole home’s heating. Our team of experienced, friendly technicians will identify the exact tank for your needs and install it right the first time.

And you don’t need to worry about hidden fees with us! We are 100 percent transparent in what we charge for fuel, tank leasing, and all other services.

Are you ready to experience the Blue Flame difference? Contact us to become a customer today. We’ll be happy to help you get started.

Help Our Team Stay on Schedule & Deliver Your Fuel More Efficiently

propane delivery new jersey When the winter season is fully upon us, our propane delivery drivers are behind the wheel non-stop on roads from Cape May and Toms River to West Chester and Doylestown. So, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that many families in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania need their propane tanks filled fast and often!

Unfortunately, mother nature doesn’t cut us a break when demand is this high. Snowy conditions, early nightfall, and icy roads all conspire to attempt in delaying our trucks. At Blue Flame, we’ll work night and day to ensure the families that trust us stay warm and comfortable.

During the winter season, there are four simple steps you can take to make our jobs a little easier and guarantee your propane arrives promptly and safely.

1. Keep Your House Number Visible

We might have difficulty finding your home when snow and branches cover your house number. This is especially true when the sun sets earlier in the day. We would greatly appreciate it if you could clear anything blocking your house number and turn on any exterior lights to make the number of your home more directly visible.

2. Make a Pathway to Your Propane Tank

If your property is bordered by a fence, please leave your gate open and clear any snow, ice, vegetation, or debris blocking the way to your propane tank. Also, remember to keep any four-legged friends inside your house while the gate is open. Our team members will appreciate an unobstructed pathway.

It’s also a good idea to mark your tank and gas lines with brightly colored flags so both you and our team members can find them after a significant snowfall.

3. Shovel and Salt Your Driveway.

We understand that shoveling snow can be a real pain. However, a propane truck needs a nine to 10-foot path to park. If your driveway is on more of a slope, our driver must also be able to place safely secure tire wedges that will keep the truck from rolling back.

It’s crucial to shovel snow and salt your driveway before our driver arrives. Another helpful step is marking the borders of your driveway in case snow has covered them.

4. Enroll in Automatic Delivery…if You Haven’t Already!

Simply put, automatic delivery is a win-win.

For you, it ends the days of checking tank gauges in the snow and removes the risk of a run-out. Our computerized system tracks your propane usage, and we deliver fuel automatically to you when your tank hits approximately 30% full.

This helps Blue Flame as well. When customers are on automatic delivery, we can better plan our routes and ensure everyone stays warm!

Blue Flame—Your Trusted Propane Delivery Partner for Over 50 Years!

We know that countless New Jersey and Pennsylvania households count on us for warmth, comfort, and safety in the winter. We’ll do everything in our power to get you your propane quickly, safely and with minimal disruption to your day. Taking the steps above will significantly help us do this as efficiently as possible.

Blue Flame is the most dependable propane company in the NJ and PA region. Get in touch with us to get started—we’d love to have you join our family of customers!

Getting Familiar with Your Home’s Heating Equipment

propane heating system new jersey Let’s be honest: your furnace is one of the priciest pieces of equipment in your home—and one of the most vital!

A furnace, and the forced-air heating system it powers, are like an investment in your family’s safety and comfort. You want to ensure it’s working at peak performance and efficiency. As the temperatures drop in Bucks County, Cape May County and other parts of Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, the Blue Flame team handles many furnace maintenance calls. We’ve found that many homeowners don’t know how a furnace keeps them warm!

With that in mind, here’s a rundown of how a propane furnace works so you’re familiar.

How Do Propane-Fired Furnaces Keep You Warm?

  1. Your home’s thermostat determines that indoor temperatures are lower than your preset levels. It signals the furnace to turn on.
  2. Propane from your propane tank ignites in your furnace’s burner.
  3. The air in the furnace’s combustion chamber becomes incredibly hot, then travels to the furnace’s heat exchanger.
  4. Your furnace’s blower forces the heated air through ductwork and into your living area.
  5. While this happens, another vent brings cooler air into the furnace system to be warmed.
  6. Your furnace continues heating cool air and cycling it into your home via ducts until your thermostat determines that its preset temperature has been reached.
  7. The thermostat signals for the furnace to turn off.
  8. During this process, combustion byproducts vent through a flue out of your home.

Are There Different Types of Propane Furnaces?

There are three types of residential furnaces, separated by the rate at which they distribute fuel and heated air.

Single-Stage Furnace

Essentially, the burners of these furnaces have only two settings on their fuel valve. Either the propane enters the burner at full blast, or it is completely shut. This means that the furnace heats air at full blast the entire time it’s on.

Two-Stage Furnace

The burner on these furnaces has a valve with a medium speed. It feeds propane into the burner at roughly 65 percent capacity. As such, the burner can operate at a lower intensity when heating needs are less significant. Two-stage furnaces are more efficient than one-stage furnaces.

Variable-Speed Furnaces

The variable speed does not have to do with the burner. It refers to the furnace’s blower, which operates at different rates depending on the heating requirements.

Propane—The Ideal Fuel for Your Furnace!

You can feel great powering your home’s heating with propane. It is a robust, efficient, American-made fuel. Propane furnaces consistently heat air to 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Today’s high-efficiency propane furnaces have fuel efficiencies of up to 98.5 percent! In addition, propane is incredibly clean burning. It’s methane-free, has the lowest carbon intensity of any heating fuel besides natural gas and contains virtually no particulate matter. So, you can be confident that you’re minimizing your home’s carbon footprint.

Get in touch with the Blue Flame team today to set up your annual furnace tune-up, or to schedule any needed maintenance or repairs.

Comparing Two Popular Energy Choices

propane or natural gas new jersey What is the difference between propane and natural gas? Surprisingly, we hear that question quite often—even from people that use one, or both, of these fuels in their homes right now! And to be fair, it’s understandable given that propane- and natural gas-burning equipment work very similarly.

Indeed, propane comes from the same wells that extract natural gas. It’s a coproduct of natural gas production. Some propane comes from crude oil refining, too.

One of the biggest differences between the two is this: Propane is transported and stored under pressure as a liquid, then vaporizes for use in home equipment. Natural gas is delivered through utility pipes in a gaseous form.

Once you understand the physical differences between natural gas and propane, we can begin to figure out which fuel is better for your home:

1. Comparing the Price of Natural Gas and Propane

It’s somewhat challenging to compare natural gas and propane prices for several reasons:

  1. They are measured differently. Natural gas is measured in cubic feet, and propane is measured in gallons. If you want to do the math, 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas produces about the same amount of energy as 11.2 gallons of propane.
  2. All energy prices are in flux. Natural gas prices in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania have increased as much as 25 percent this year. Propane prices have been more stable because it is almost entirely U.S.-made, which helps to keep costs a bit lower.
  3. Further, to determine affordability, you also need to consider how efficient each fuel is in generating heat.

2. Comparing Heat Production for Natural Gas and Propane

This isn’t ambiguous at all—propane produces much more heat than natural gas. In fact, it produces more than double the Btu’s per cubic foot! 2,516 Btu’s for propane compared to 1,030 Btu’s for natural gas.

For sheer heating power in boilers, furnaces, water heaters, stoves, gas logs and clothes dryers, propane has a clear advantage.

3. Installation Costs for Natural Gas and Propane

Again, propane has a considerable advantage over natural gas when it comes to installation.

Firstly, you need access to a utility to receive natural gas and connecting your home to it can cost $10,000 or more in our part of the country.

Conversely, Blue Flame and other full-service propane companies can install a propane tank on your property quickly—and for less money. Purchasing your own tank can cost less than a natural gas hookup, and leasing from a propane company is even more affordable!

As a bonus, having your own fuel tank means you control your own fuel supply. You don’t need to worry about poor utility infrastructure causing an outage at your home.

4. Environmental Impact of Propane Versus Natural Gas

Natural gas and propane both have incredibly low carbon emissions. But propane is also methane-free. Natural gas is mostly composed of methane, which can be up to 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. And propane’s superior energy efficiency further reduces your home’s carbon footprint.

From Cherry Hill, NJ, to Doylestown, PA—and countless other communities—Blue Flame has become the most dependable propane delivery provider in the region! Get in touch with our team to become a customer this season.

Routine Service is an investment in Both Comfort & Lower Energy Bills

heating maintenance new jersey Do you know that old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

That is absolutely the case when it comes to scheduling an annual tune-up for your boiler or furnace. At Blue Flame, our expert service technicians provide comprehensive heating maintenance that ensures your equipment works at peak performance and efficiency. This tune-up is a good chance for them to test your boiler or furnace, clean its burners, replace filters, and make calibrations and repairs.
Arranging an annual tune-up is a relatively small expense, especially when you consider the consequences of skipping it:

Reduced Home Comfort

An under-maintained heating system can have clogged vents, dirty burners, and filters that need to be changed. If unattended, these issues can lead to less comfortable rooms and worse indoor air quality too.

A service technician can address these issues quickly and improve the heat and air in your home.

Increased Risk of Safety Issues

In more severe circumstances, a neglected furnace or boiler could become a safety risk for your home. If combustion by-products are not venting correctly or your burners are not fully igniting, there could be accumulating gas or fumes. Additionally, the wiring in your heating equipment can become frayed over time, which is a notable fire hazard.

An HVAC technician will look at these issues and can typically address them in the same service call.

Higher Fuel Bills

When your heating system does not receive regular maintenance, it stops operating as efficiently as possible. A well-maintained propane boiler or furnace can maintain fuel efficiency levels of 90 percent or higher. A poorly maintained system could be in the 60s. That means that 30 to 40 cents of every dollar you spend on propane goes right out your chimney without making your home warmer.

As you might imagine, the investment you make in a heating system tune-up will pay off in lower fuel consumption and less frequent propane deliveries.

Increased Chance of a Heating System Breakdown

A yearly tune-up allows a technician to identify minor issues that, when ignored, can develop into expensive breakdowns. The relatively small cost of a tune-up is nothing compared to the inconvenience and price tag of an emergency repair call.

A Voided Manufacturer’s Warranty

A manufacturer’s warranty offers excellent peace of mind in case your new furnace or boiler needs work. But most warranties require you to get an annual tune-up.

If you skip your service and your equipment breaks down, you might be on the hook for the heating repair bill—even if your manufacturer would normally cover it.

Need a Tune-Up? It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Yours Today!

If you haven’t already had your heating equipment serviced this fall, now is the time to get it done. Soon, our technicians will be totally booked for the winter season, handling no heat emergencies throughout southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Don’t go another season without your proper maintenance!

Request your service appointment today and get your heating system ship-shape before the first snowfall arrives.

Get To Know Propane and How It Compares To Other Fuels

propane supplier new jersei Considering that more than 50 million U.S households use it in some way, it may be surprising that many people don’t know what exactly propane is. It can serve many purposes in a home, from space heating and hot water to cooking and gas fireplaces. One of the most noticeable things is that homes with propane don’t need to rely on a gas utility for their fuel. They have a dedicated propane tank on their property.

But what exactly is propane, and how is it made? How is it different from other fuels? At Blue Flame, we are dedicated to getting this superb, American-made fuel to homes from Cape May, NJ, to Doylestown, PA. We’re happy to answer your questions about propane!

What is Propane Gas?

Propane is a coproduct of natural gas processing, but oil refining can also produce it, too. You might sometimes hear people refer to it as “liquid petroleum gas” or “LPG”. Propane is nontoxic, so it won’t contaminate soil or water even if there’s a leak.

When compressed, propane is a liquid. This is how it’s transported. When pressure is released, propane vaporizes for use in equipment and appliances.

Where Does Propane Come From?

By and large, the propane used in American homes and businesses is produced domestically. It comes from the same production process as U.S. natural gas and oil. As a matter of fact, we currently export more propane than we use.

Are Propane and Natural Gas Different?

Propane and natural gas have different chemical compositions and different densities. Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, which is lighter than air and rises. Propane is denser than air and often settles toward the ground.

Is Propane a “Green” Fuel Source?

In both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy, propane is identified as a clean alternative fuel. It’s a crucial tool in decarbonizing our homes, businesses and vehicles. Consider these facts:

And propane is only getting greener with the advent of renewable propane. This product is chemically the same as conventional propane, but it’s made with organic and recycled feedstocks. Renewable propane is carbon-neutral at the point of combustion!

Is Propane an Affordable Fuel?

As a U.S.-made product, propane is more stable, pricewise, than many other fuels. But what makes it remarkably affordable is its heat production and energy efficiency:

Altogether, propane is an eco-friendly, efficient, affordable and American-made fuel for your home and appliances. Blue Flame is proud to offer the most dependable propane delivery in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Contact us to become a customer today or to learn additional information on propane gas and its benefits for your home.