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NOCO can help fuel your business’s success!

commercial fuel delivery new york Commercial fuels are an essential part of businesses and businesses need a commercial fuels partner who can provide quality fuels with reliable service. NOCO understands the unique needs of Western New York businesses. We have 85 years of experience in the energy business and are ready to put that knowledge and experience to work for your business!

Whatever business you’re in, it’s our business to take care of all your commercial fuel needs. NOCO provides fuel delivery along with fleet fueling, electric, natural gas, generator fueling, sustainability consulting, and glycol blends services. Businesses of all kinds trust us with their energy needs and rely on our services.

Fuel delivery

There is a wide range of commercial fuels that local businesses use, and you can count on NOCO for dependable delivery of the fuels your business relies on. We provide fuels for construction companies, restaurants, and commercial kitchens, health care facilities, hotels and event centers, manufacturing plants, paving companies, snow removal businesses, and more.

The commercial fuels experts at NOCO begin with a bulk fuel delivery plan tailored to your needs. With an ample supply thanks to long-standing relationships with our vendors, multiple bulk fuel storage plants, and a large fleet of well-maintained fuel delivery vehicles, you can count on NOCO! We deliver:

Fleet fueling

Using NOCO’s fleet fueling services makes your business more efficient because it streamlines the fueling process for your vehicles and equipment. Your vehicles will be filled on-site, rather than having your drivers lose work time finding retail filling stations and then filling there before getting back on the job.

Your fuel management is also easier, as you no longer have to deal with fueling cards, receipts, and reimbursements.

NOCO uses sophisticated software to monitor your fuel usage patterns, so we can set up customized fleet fueling services.

Electricity and natural gas services

NOCO is Western New York’s leader for end-to-end natural gas and electricity services. You get customized energy services, competitive and transparent pricing, and personalized service that no electricity or natural gas utility can match.

Generator fueling

Businesses of all kinds should have generators. Whether it’s caused by wintertime blasts of lake effect snow or summer storms, a power outage can wreak havoc on your business. We’ll provide fuel for your commercial standby generator. Here are some of the reasons a standby generator is essential for businesses.

Ready to learn more about how partnering with NOCO can benefit your business? Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation!

What Are Considered Commercial Fuels?

NOCO helps you keep your home’s air clean and safe!

air purifiers new york In recent years, we have learned the importance of safe and clean air in our homes. It impacts our health, our comfort, and our day-to-day lives.

Many homeowners are looking for ways to improve the indoor air quality in their homes. A first place they are looking is their home’s HVAC system, as it circulates air throughout the house.

Good filtration in the HVAC system helps remove many particles that can irritate allergies or add dust to your home. That’s why homeowners are looking at HEPA filters.

HEPA filters are mechanical pleated air filters that have a high level of thickness to trap particulates. The pleats create an array of fibers arranged in random fashion; this randomly dense formation allows the HEPA filter to capture particles of various sizes. As air passes through, three processes take place: diffusion, interception, and impaction which enable it to effectively capture the particles in the air.

Medical centers use HEPA filters, as they trap more than 99.9% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, removing microscopic pollutants such as dust, pet dander, and mold from the air.

Sounds great, right? But before you jump in the car and head to the home improvement store to get a HEPA filter, that thickness of the HEPA filter creates problems for your home’s HVAC system. Because HEPA filters are thicker than standard air filters that are classified by the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), they are more resistant to airflow. That means the blower in your furnace and central air conditioning must work harder to circulate heated and cooled air around your home. That increased workload can damage your HVAC system, potentially leading to breakdowns and repairs.

For most homes, a non-HEPA filter is more than adequate. To ensure the best possible filtration, choose a filter that has a MERV rating between 13 and 16 for optimizing indoor air quality.

NOCO’s indoor air quality solutions

While using quality filters in your home’s HVAC system helps a lot, it may not be enough to make your indoor air quality better. That’s because they cannot trap all airborne particles, including viruses and volatile organic compounds (VOC)

NOCO is here to help!We sell, install, and service iWave air purifiers. These air purifiers are installed inside your HVAC system to make the air in your home clean and fresh. The iWave doesn’t use any chemicals to clean your air. It has the unique capability of generating ions which come in contact with viruses, bacteria, allergens and mold. At this point, the ions separate hydrogen molecules from these pathogens. No hydrogen molecules means that these pathogens are unable to access energy sources. The pathogens die trapped by your ventilation system’s air filter and don’t get circulated back into your home.

An iWave air purifier improves the quality of life in your home in many ways. First, it removes pathogens, viruses, and allergens from the air that can make you and your family ill. Allergy and asthma symptoms can be greatly reduced and possibly eliminated.

Cleaner air in your home can also help you sleep better, as you aren’t being awakened by coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose.

The iWave air purifier also traps and eliminates bad smells such as smoke, pets, and cooking. No more still smelling your Friday fish fry on Monday morning!

Are you ready to upgrade your home’s indoor air quality? Get in touch with NOCO today for your FREE estimate!

What Are HEPA Air Purifiers?

Trust NOCO for your propane delivery and service needs!

propane new york Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.

In 1864, Edmund Ronalds—a British academic and industrial chemist—stumbled across propane while conducting research on chemicals present in light crude oil from Pennsylvania.

In 1910, Walter O. Snelling made a momentous discovery in the world of propane- he found that certain evaporating gases could be converted into liquids. At the time, Snelling was employed by the United States Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh where he was exploring different ways to store and make gasoline evaporation more efficient when he had his breakthrough.

Snelling found that propane was the most plentiful of all gases studied and invented a method for bottling the liquified gas, which was the beginning of the propane industry. He went on to sell the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That’s about $1.4 million in today’s money.
 
To make propane detectable by smell, an odorant is added to the gas. The most common additive used is ethyl mercaptan, which smells like rotten eggs. By adding this sharp-smelling addition, people can more easily identify propane leaks. If you notice that rotten-egg smell in your home, follow these propane safety best practices:

Evacuate immediately and go to a safe location. Do not stay in the house or try to find the source of the leak.

Where do we get our propane supply from?

The propane used in the United States and Canada is created as a by-product of natural gas processing, which has increased with shale gas production. When natural gas goes through processing, it produces liquids like propane, butane, methane, and ethane.

In fact, around 70% of our domestic propane supply is produced this way. The other 30% come from refining crude oil.

Propane is then transported to bulk distribution facilities through pipelines, tankers, ships, trains, and trucks. From there, the propane is distributed to local vendors, such as NOCO, who deliver it to homes and businesses.

If you’re tired of worrying about your home’s propane supply, never fear! Our Automatic Delivery feature takes the stress out of keeping track. You’ll always have a warm, safe, and comfortable home with our reliable propane delivery service across Western New York. We also provide tank installation and leasing at an affordable price, along with propane appliance installation and servicing.

Is propane safe for the environment?

Propane is an environmentally friendly and efficient energy source that was chosen as an alternative fuel under both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Propane is a cleaner burning option than natural gas not only because it doesn’t produce methane gas, but also in the event of a leak, propane does no harm to the air, soil, water, or any plant or animal life.

Propane heating systems and appliances have much higher efficiency ratings than ever before, typically 95% or more. This means that by switching to propane, you won’t have to make any compromises when it comes to comfort or convenience in order to decrease your home’s carbon impact.

You can’t beat NOCO for dependable propane delivery and expert service. Become a customer today!

What is Propane Made Of?

Learn more about today’s improved heating oil!

what is fuel oil new york Sometimes, we hear heating oil referred to as “fuel oil.”

Fuel oil is a term encompassing a wide range of petroleum products, including heating oil, diesel fuels, and kerosene.

Heating oil isn’t what it used to be a generation or two ago, when heating oil was seen as “dirty” because of the soot, smoke, and smell. It’s cleaner burning, more environmentally friendly, and more energy efficient than ever before! With reliable heating oil delivery from NOCO, you can enjoy those benefits in your home.

What is ULSHO?

It’s not a top-secret spy agency in a superhero movie. ULSHO stands for ultra-low sulfur heating oil. It represents one of the more dramatic changes in heating oil over recent decades. As of 2018, New York requires all heating oil to have 15 parts per million (PPM) or less sulfur content in order to meet ULSHO standards. Traditional No. 2 heating oil contains an average of 4,000 ppm.

This virtual elimination of sulfur content in heating oil, more than 99%, has resulted in a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. ULSHO lowers sulfur dioxide emissions by 75% and nitrous oxide emissions by 10% from traditional heating oil. Both sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide are greenhouse gases that are major contributors to climate change.

What other changes are coming for heating oil?

The heating oil industry has a goal to become carbon neutral by the year 2050. It is using technological advances to help make that happen.

One of the biggest advances has been the introduction of biodiesels to heating oil. Biodiesels are made from renewable and natural resources such as:

The biodiesel is blended with heating oil to create a blend known as Bioheat®. There are different kinds of Bioheat depending on the percentage of biodiesel added.

Bioheat® Fuel: Up to 5% biodiesel

Bioheat® Plus: Up to 20% biodiesel

Bioheat® SuperPlus: More than 20% biodiesel

Using biodiesels in heating oil offers many advantages.

The first is that less petroleum is being used. It is not only better for the environment, but also for America’s energy independence as we become less dependent on foreign imports of petroleum products.
The second is the reduced emissions on top of the reductions from using ULSHO. In fact, biodiesel blends of around 20% or greater burn cleaner than natural gas!

The third benefit is increased energy efficiency, as the biodiesel blends burn cleaner. You’ll save money on heating costs without sacrificing one smidgen of comfort, something you’ll appreciate when the Polar Vortex pays Western New York a visit!

Finally, biodiesel blends are better for your home’s heating system. The combination of reduced sulfur in the heating oil and the cleaner burning biodiesels mean fewer deposits on the heat registers in your heating system, resulting in less wear on parts. That reduced wear means fewer breakdowns and a potential extension of the life expectancy for your home’s furnace or boiler by years, both of which mean more money staying in your bank account!

Get reliable delivery of today’s cleaner burning, high-efficiency heating oil from NOCO! Become a customer today.

Fuel Oil vs Heating Oil: What’s the Difference? 

Find out all you need to know about the heating oil tank in your home

heating oil tanks new york Heating oil is an outstanding way to keep your Western New York home warm, safe, and comfortable. With reliable heating oil delivery from NOCO, you’ll have peace of mind no matter what Mother Nature or the lake effect sends our way this winter.

But to enjoy the benefits of heating oil, you need a heating oil tank. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions people have about heating oil tanks so you can be more informed.

What size heating oil tank should I get?

The most common sizes of heating oil tanks are 275 and 340 gallons, which are sufficient for most residential usage.

How are today’s heating oil tanks different?

Today’s heating oil tanks are built with superior materials and features designed to prevent leaks and overfilling. Some are double-walled, with a weld-free galvanized steel exterior and polyethylene interior tank designed to prevent leaks. Single-wall tanks are affordable and can be used indoors and outside.

What type of heating oil tank should I install?

We strongly urge our customers to get aboveground heating oil tanks for several reasons.

The first reason is that you can detect leaks in an aboveground heating oil tank where you cannot in an underground tank.

If you plan on selling your home in the future, having an underground oil tank will make that process more difficult because homebuyers are understandably hesitant to taking on the financial and environmental risks posed by underground oil tanks.

How do I know if my heating oil tank is corroding?

We encourage our customers to regularly inspect their heating oil tank. The signs of corrosion you can see are:

If you see any of these, contact us right away and we’ll come take a look at it.

How can I prevent corrosion in my heating oil tank?

Empty space inside your heating oil tank creates the biggest danger for your heating oil tank, especially in warmer weather. Condensation forms on the bare walls in the empty part of the tank, and that water drips off the walls. Because water is heavier than heating oil, the water sinks to the bottom. Once there, it creates a perfect environment for the growth of bacteria that leads to the development of sediment. That sediment is what starts corroding your tank from the inside out.

Because condensation develops easier in warmer weather, we recommend that our customers top off their heating oil tank at the end of the heating season so there are no bare walls to allow for condensation.

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover heating oil tank failure?

Unfortunately, virtually no homeowner’s insurance policies cover remediation costs for heating oil tank failure.

Earlier this year, a couple near Boston faced the possibility of losing their home after a tank leak in their basement resulted in remediation costs as high as $200,000. We recommend that you talk with your insurance provider about possibilities for separate tank coverage.

Become a NOCO customer and get the most reliable heating oil delivery in Western New York!

Heating Oil Tanks: Frequently Asked Questions

Trust NOCO with all your water heating needs!

water heaters new york The average life expectancy for a storage-tank water heater is 10 to 12 years. If yours is at that age or older, now is the time to begin planning for your water heater replacement.

NOCO provides expert water heater installation, maintenance, and repairs. Our affordable Maintenance Plans help keep your water heater running smoothly and help to shield you from big repair bills as many parts and labor costs are covered.

You have options when it comes to water heaters. Here are the kinds of water heaters available so you can choose the right one for your needs and your budget.

Storage tank water heaters

A tank water heater stores and heats a considerable amount of water so that it will be accessible whenever you need it. The pipe transporting hot water to wherever it is needed, such as the dishwasher or washing machine, is located above the tank.

Did you know that replacing your old tank water heater with a new one is an excellent way to save money? Tank water heaters are priced affordably and easy to install, which makes them popular among homeowners. In addition, today’s tank water heaters offer better energy efficiency than older models

Tankless water heaters

A tank water heater stores all the hot water your home has available at a given time. Your tank water heater regularly heats and reheats the water throughout the day and night so that you have hot water whenever you need or want it.

A tankless water heater heats water only when you need it, so you don’t have to worry about running out. With the ability to save you up to 40% on energy costs annually, switching over could be a huge money saver! For most people, heating water takes up 20% of their total energy bill every year.

Although a traditional tank water heater only lasts for about 10 years, investing in a tankless model will provide you with 20 or more years of hot water.

Indirect water heaters

These types of systems use your home’s heating system to heat your water.

Indirect water heating systems are more energy efficient and can reduce your water heating bill, especially during the colder months. However, they need to be connected with your home’s heating system, which makes installation more involved than a conventional or tankless water heater would be. Consequently, indirect heaters also tend to cost more than other types of heaters.

How to tell if you need a new water heater

Water heater replacement is best done before your old one fails, so that you have the opportunity to shop around for water heaters and weigh your options. You’ll have peace of mind in your choice.
You can protect yourself from water heater failure by checking your water heater regularly as there are often tell-tale signs preceding a water heater failure. If you notice any of the following, give NOCO a call for repair service:

NOCO is Western New York’s leader in expert water heater installation and service. Contact us for a FREE estimate!

What Type of Water Heater is Best for My Home?

How they keep your home warm and comfortable

boiler service new york To the layperson, boilers and water heaters may appear to be quite alike since they both serve the purpose of heating water in your home.

Although boilers and water heaters may have similar appearances, they actually serve different functions. The team of professional technicians at NOCO are experts in boiler installation, maintenance, and repairs so yours operate with maximum energy efficiency while keeping you comfortable in your Western New York home.

NOCO’s affordable maintenance plans not only make it easy to keep up with your boiler, but they also come with coverage for many parts and labor costs so you don’t have to worry about a huge repair bill.
Here’s a primer on both boilers and water heaters so you have a better idea of how each work.

How does a boiler work?

A boiler is a closed-loop system that uses water to generate heat and circulate it around your home either as heated water or steam. It does not require fresh water as the system is closed and the water does not need to be potable.

The components of a boiler include:

Water and steam are highly effective at carrying heat, providing a more consistent and evenly distributed temperature than forced-air heating. The heat is also less drying for skin, furniture, and fabrics as forced-air heat from furnaces.

How does a water heater work?

There are two kinds of water heaters: conventional storage heaters with a tank and tankless water heaters.

A tank water heater uses either gas or electricity to heat up water until it reaches the temperature you set. The heated water is then stored in a tank until you need it. The reheating process begins again once the water falls below the set temperature, ensuring that there is always hot water available when needed.

The amount of hot or cold water coming out of your sink or shower is determined by how much you rotate the handle on your faucet or the temperature setting in your washing machine or dishwasher. When you turn on your shower or sink, cold water enters the heating system and the heated water is pushed through the pipes to its destination. The pressure in your pipes determines how this process works.

A tankless water heater is a fantastic way to save on your energy costs. With this type of system, hot water is only heated when it’s needed. This can end up saving you 40% or more on your water heating energy costs!

Do you need boiler services for your home? Contact the equipment experts at NOCO so your home can stay warm and comfy this winter!

What Is a Boiler?

Trust NOCO with the care of your home’s furnace!

furnace repair new york NOCO is here to help with all things related to the furnace in your Western New York home. We provide expert furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs with our team of trained and experienced service technicians. Our propane and heating oil delivery services ensure that your furnace will always have the fuel it needs to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable all winter long.

While you may have a furnace in your home, you may not be familiar with it. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions so you can get to know it better.

How does a furnace work?

A furnace heats your home by creating and circulating warm air. It is one of the oldest types of heating systems still in use today. The older models of this machine were powered by coal and wood, while today’s operate using heating oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity to generate heat.

The furnace turns on when you either do it manually or if you have a programmable or smart thermostat, the air in your home drops below your desired temperature.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.

How do I take care of my furnace?

There are two ways you can help your furnace run efficiently and safely.

The first way is to get an annual maintenance tune-up for your furnace. NOCO’s skilled service technicians will clean and tune up every component of your furnace to ensure that it is operating at its best possible efficiency, which helps save you money on energy costs. A tune-up also gives our technicians the chance to spot any problems and fix them before they become worse and lead to breakdowns and repair bills.

A NOCO Maintenance Plan for your furnace includes an annual tune-up and also covers many parts and labor costs for repairs, making it a great investment in your furnace.

The second way to take care of your furnace is by making sure it has a clean air filter. Dirty, clogged air filters reduce your furnace’s efficiency and can lead to damage of parts in your furnace. Check your filter once a month and change as needed.

How long do furnaces last?

The average life expectancy for a furnace is 10 to 15 years. Regular professional maintenance can help it last longer.

However, there comes a time when replacing your furnace makes sense. OIder furnaces can become less efficient over time, especially if they have not been maintained properly, so a new furnace begins paying for itself in the form of lower energy costs. If you are facing furnace repairs and the cost of repairing it is more than half the cost of replacing it, replacement is the more fiscally sound choice.

Now is the time to get your home’s furnace tuned up ahead of winter. Contact us today to schedule your tune-up appointment. And don’t forget to ask about our Maintenance Plans!

What Is a Furnace?

Learn more about heating oil!

heating oil new yorkIf you use heating oil to keep your Western New York home warm and comfortable, or if you are new to heating oil, you may have some questions about it.

NOCO is here to help! We provide reliable heating oil delivery and oil-fired home heating systems. Our team of professionals will make sure you get the heating oil services you need.

Let’s get started on some common questions when it comes to heating oil.

What is heating oil?

No. 2 heating oil and diesel fuels are distillates that have been produced from crude oil and have a low viscosity. While No. 2 heating oil has a nearly identical chemical makeup as diesel fuels, they are used for different purposes.

Since it is not used for transportation, No.2 heating oil does not have the federal excise tax levied against it. Therefore, it is dyed red, like off-road diesel fuel that also isn’t taxed, so anyone can tell the difference between it and on-road diesel that is subject to the excise tax.

No. 2 fuel oil is often referred to as home heating oil or fuel oil in order to avoid being confused with diesel fuel.

How do I know when to order more heating oil?

If you use Will-Call for your heating oil delivery, it is your responsibility to frequently check your heating oil tank gauge, so you know when to request a delivery. We urge our customers not to let their tank fall below 30% full before ordering more heating oil.

Here’s how to check your tank gauge levels.:

On top of your heating oil tank, look for the transparent plastic tube with markings on it that resemble car fuel gauge numbers: F, ¾, ½, and so on. There is a red marker or a float inside the tube that informs you how much heating oil is in the tank.

There’s an easier way: Sign up for NOCO’s Automatic Delivery! We track your heating oil usage with the latest technology to calculate when you’ll need more heating oil and make the delivery before you run low. You don’t have to lift a finger!

What should I do if I have no heat?

First, check to see if your thermostat is working properly and that the batteries are still good. Then, check your heating oil tank gauge. If you’ve run out of heating oil, we offer 24/7 emergency delivery for our customers. If you suspect the problem is your furnace or boiler, contact us for 24/7 no-heat emergency service.

How is heating oil different than it used to be?

The heating oil business has been working hard to develop a more ecologically friendly fuel that is also less harmful to the environment as part of its mission to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. In recent decades, there have been significant changes.

Since 2012, New York has required that all heating oil delivered be ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO), which has 15 parts per million (PPM) or less sulfur content. Traditional No. 2 heating oil contains an average of 4,000 ppm. This big reduction in sulfur dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions while helping your heating system run smoother and with better energy efficiency.

Another advancement is the introduction of biodiesels to heating oil. Biodiesels, which are made from renewable resources such as plant oils and algae, can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also making heating oil cleaner burning.

From Syracuse to Rochester and everywhere in-between, NOCO offers dependable heating oil delivery and quality equipment service. Become a customer today!

Heating Oil FAQs

NOCO is here to help!

heating service new yorkWith summer coming to an end, we start to see cooler temperatures in Western New York. Before you know it, you’ll have to turn your furnace or boiler on at your home.

Get your heating system ready for winter by giving it an annual maintenance tune-up from the skilled, experienced service technicians at NOCO! Now is the time to schedule it because so many people wait until the last minute for their tune-up. Our schedule is more open in early fall, so you’ll be able to get an appointment sooner and at a time that is convenient for you. Another bonus: Whenever the first cold snap comes, you’ll have peace of mind that your furnace or boiler is ready to go!

Benefits of heating system maintenance

Every year, having a skilled service technician upkeep your heating or boiler offers four distinct advantages.

Prevent breakdowns. By performing regular maintenance on your heating system, you can avoid spending large amounts of money on repairs. In fact, four out of five repair jobs we do could have been avoided by having an annual tune-up. By scheduling a tune-up for your furnace or boiler with our team, you’re ensuring that your system runs smoothly and efficiently. Plus, it’s an opportunity for us to inspect the unit thoroughly. Our skilled and experienced service staff can detect early signs of problems and repair them before they become worse, saving you money on costly repairs.

Keep your heating system energy efficient. If you conduct regular routine maintenance on your boiler or furnace, it will work at its peak energy efficiency. By making your heating system more efficient, you may save at least 10% on your heating cost. When you consider that half of the energy used in a home in winter is spent on heating, the savings can be significant!

Keep your heating system longer. Heating systems that are properly maintained tend to last longer than those that aren’t. As a result, you won’t have to replace your heating system as often, resulting in a higher return on your investment.

Maintain the warranty. Most manufacturers require you to have your heating system professionally serviced every year if you want to keep your warranty intact. If you don’t get tune-ups, your warranty could be voided and then you’d have to pay for future repairs yourself.

Service plans protect your heating system and your wallet

With inflation making everything more expensive this year, now is not the time for big repair bills. NOCO’s affordable maintenance plans help protect you from those.

You can choose between our Comfort Plan and our Total Comfort Plan. An annual maintenance tune-up is included in every one of our service plans. That’s not all! You also get:

Don’t delay your heating system tune-up! Contact NOCO today to schedule it and enroll in our Maintenance Plan!

Get Your Heating System Ready for the Cold