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We’ll help you keep cool this summer!

central air service marylandIt’s just a few short weeks until summer! Is your air conditioning up to the task of keeping your Southern Maryland home cool and comfortable?

If that question has you worried, now is the time to contact Taylor Gas to schedule your annual A/C maintenance tune-up. Our knowledgeable and skilled service technicians will make sure your home’s air conditioning system is in tip-top shape and ready to operate at maximum efficiency to help keep your energy costs down. If we spot a problem, we’ll have time to repair it so you’re not dealing with a costly breakdown this summer.

We’ll be honest with you about your air conditioning condition. If we think it’s time to replace, we’ll tell you and give you a FREE estimate. These are some factors to consider as you make that decision.

Deciding between air conditioning repairs or replacement

How old is your A/C? Once a central air conditioning system has been in operation for 10 years, it is usually time to replace it rather than repair it, since the repairs will only get more expensive and frequent. If your air conditioning system is less than ten years old, you will likely not have this issue. A general rule to follow: If the cost of air conditioning repairs is 50% or more of the replacement cost, it’s time to upgrade.
 
How well has your air conditioning been maintained? Air conditioning systems that are properly maintained last longer and require fewer repairs. Even the most well-maintained A/C system will eventually wear down and break. Upgrading your air conditioner, and maintaining it properly, is a more dependable approach to get better efficiency and comfort.

How much will upgrading cost? When you first consider the up-front expenditure and installation cost of a new central air conditioning system, it might be intimidating. However, with today’s A/C systems being more energy efficient, you’ll get an immediate return on your investment in lower energy costs alone.

Upgrading your air conditioning

If you’re looking to replace your home’s A/C, or finally add air conditioning to your home, we sell and install both central air conditioning and ductless mini-splits.

Ductless mini-splits are a great choice for homes that don’t have ductwork, which is common in many older homes. The cost is much more affordable than installing ductwork and a central air conditioning system would be, and you don’t have to deal with weeks of dust and mess in our home.

Whether you need a tune-up, repairs, or new air conditioning, Taylor Gas can take care of you! Contact us today to get started.

Turn your back yard into a destination with propane outdoor appliances from Taylor Gas

outdoor propane appliances marylandMemorial Day weekend is just around the corner! And as it is the unofficial start of summer, it’s also the start of the outdoor living season for many of us here in Southern Maryland.

If you’re looking to enhance the quality of life in your backyard, Taylor Gas is here to help with a wide range of propane outdoor appliances that will make your backyard a place you, friends and family will love to be.

We also provide dependable propane delivery so that your home will always have the propane it needs for appliances such as pool and spa heaters. If you’re using propane cylinders, come to our Lexington Park showroom for fast and easy refills.

Take your cooking outside

The BBQ grill is a significant part of your family’s quality time outside at home. You use it both for quick, easy weekday dinners and special events such as pool parties and family reunions. Grilling on a high-quality propane grill from Taylor Gas makes grilling a pleasure without the wait, mess, and cleanup that come when you grill with charcoal.

Light up the night

Gas lighting was used before there was electric light. With decorative propane-powered lights in styles to match all types of homes, including yours, you can have that timeless warm glow in your backyard as well as on your front.

Gather together

When you have family and friends over, propane creates comfortable, cozy spots for gathering. You can relax after a long day in front of a propane fireplace or a propane firepit. Propane fireplaces and firepits, and patio and deck heaters let you enjoy being outdoors even if there’s a nip in the air.
  

Banish the bugs

Yes, being outside is wonderful. What isn’t so nice, though? Being devoured by mosquitos! Skeeter-Vac mosquito traps powered by propane lure mosquitos in and keep them there.

For complete propane services for your home indoors and out, you can count on Taylor Gas! Become a customer today.

Don’t believe the electrification hype

propane appliances marylandIn many areas of the country, including Southern Maryland, there is a campaign underway to have homes converted to use only electricity for home heating, water heating, cooking, and more.

The push for electrification is driven by the incorrect notion that electricity is “greener” than propane.

In the United States, coal-fired power plants generate half of our domestic electrical supply. These facilities create greenhouse gases, resulting in acid rain and worsening global warming.

Propane, on the other hand, is a completely clean-burning fuel that releases almost no greenhouse gases!

Electricity is extremely inefficient in transmission. Resistance in the electrical lines dissipates energy when electricity travels from a power plant to your home via the electrical wires. To deliver one unit of power to your property, it requires three units of source energy. To supply enough electricity to our homes, additional coal must be burned, producing more carbon.
 
Propane is kept in a tank at your house, so there’s little energy loss from the tank to your appliances.

Get better energy efficiency with propane

When you use propane appliances in your home, it is more energy-efficient than electricity. This allows you to reduce your environmental impact even more. Propane water heaters provide faster heating than electric ones and do so at 30% less operating costs. Propane clothes dryers dry your laundry 25% faster than comparable electric dryers.

Propane is more dependable than electricity in keeping your home warm if the electricity goes out. During power outages, homes heated by electricity are left cold. Because your propane supply is stored in your propane tank, you are not dependent on a utility’s sketchy infrastructure for heating, hot water heating, cooking, or other tasks.

Renewable propane: A game-changer for environmental friendliness

Renewable propane is the next step in moving toward a zero-carbon future. It is chemically identical to propane and is produced from renewable resources such as animal fats, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides.

People in Southern Maryland will be able to use renewable propane as the sector expands, allowing them to make their homes even more ecologically sustainable.

Taylor Gas can help you keep your carbon footprint small with dependable propane delivery and expert propane appliance installation and service. Become a customer today!

Stay cool with Taylor Gas!

central air serviceIt looks like it will be hotter than normal summer here in Southern Maryland. Now is the time to ensure that your home’s air conditioning system is up for the job of keeping your home cool and comfy.

You can do that by contacting Taylor Gas to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s A/C system.

Our licensed, experienced, and knowledgeable service professionals will ensure that all A/C system components are in good operating order, lubricate it if required, and that your air conditioning system has adequate refrigerant.

The tune-up includes cleaning, inspecting, and testing all components of the system to ensure optimal function. This also gives them the chance detect and fix problems before they become more serious and cause a breakdown of the A/C system.

In the summer, air conditioning accounts for about half of your home’s energy expenses. A well-maintained A/C runs at peak efficiency, keeping energy costs in check while keeping your home comfortable.

This is the time to get your air conditioning serviced, since heating season is coming to an end and cooling season has yet to begin. You’ll be able to schedule an appointment for a time most convenient for you. And if there are issues, they can be resolved now before you need to turn on the air conditioner.

How can I help my A/C work better?

While a professional air conditioning service technician should undertake the tune-up, you should also do your part to keep your home’s air conditioning functioning smoothly and efficiently with these easy tasks.

When you’re cleaning up your yard, go over to the outdoor A/C unit and clear away sticks, leaves, trash, and other debris from or around it. Trim any landscaping so that there is enough space for the device to work effectively and safely.

Turn on the air conditioner and let it run for about 20 minutes to give it a test. Take careful notes of what you see and hear, as well as what you observed, and let the service technician know.

Upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat. These can help you save money on your cooling costs by 10% without you having to sacrifice any comfort.

Be ready for the first heatwave! Contact us today to schedule your air conditioning tune-up.

Discover the environmental advantages propane offers!

propane efficiency marylandAround the country, including right here in Southern Maryland, there is a campaign afoot to force American homes to convert to all electricity for everything including home heating and water heating. This campaign is founded on the false belief that electricity is somehow “cleaner” and more environmentally friendly than propane.

However, this isn’t the case. In the United States, coal-based power plants account for around half of all electricity generated. These power plants produce greenhouse gases, causing acid rain and exacerbating the damage caused by climate change.

Propane, on the other hand, is so clean-burning that it generates essentially no greenhouse gases!

The transmission of electricity is very inefficient. When electricity travels from the power plant to your home via the electrical lines, resistance in the power lines causes energy to be lost. It takes three units of source energy to deliver one unit of electricity into your home. To supply power to our homes, additional coal must be burned, producing more carbon. 

On the other hand, propane is stored in a tank at your property. There is practically no energy loss from the tank to your appliances since it is close by.

Get better energy efficiency with propane

The use of propane in your house for many appliances instead of electricity is also more energy-efficient, allowing you to further decrease your environmental effect. Propane water heaters heat more water faster than electric ones and do it with about 30% less cost. Propane clothes dryers get your laundry dry about 25% faster than comparable electric dryers.
  
Propane is also more dependable than electricity when it comes to keeping your house warm in the case of a power outage. In the event of a power outage, homes heated by electricity are left chilly. You don’t have to rely on a utility grid for heating, water heating, cooking, and other needs because your propane supply is conveniently located next to your home in your propane tank.

Propane’s superiority to heating oil

Propane’s a much more environmentally friendly choice than heating oil. Energy efficiency is one way. Another way is in greenhouse gas emissions. Propane has dramatically fewer greenhouse gas emissions than heating oil. Even heating oils blended with biofuels create much more greenhouse gases than propane.

Propane is also non-toxic. The ecosystem and groundwater supply might be devastated if a heating oil spill occurs. Heating oil leaks and spills may result in thousands of dollars in cleanup expenses. Propane does not harm the atmosphere, water, soil, plant life, or aquatic life after a leak. It simply dissipates into the air.

Propane: Part of a renewable energy future

The next step in moving toward a zero-carbon future is renewable propane. It is chemically identical to propane. However, it is created from renewable resources such as animal fats, plant oils, biomass, and other triglycerides.

Renewable propane will be able to be utilized by more houses in Southern Maryland as the sector grows, allowing them to make their houses even more ecologically friendly.

Become a Taylor Gas customer and get the environmental benefits of propane with our reliable propane delivery and expert propane appliance installation and service!

Taylor Gas helps you control your propane costs

propane bill marylandAt Taylor Gas, we have never seen a time of such worry about fuel costs in our 70 years in the business. We understand how difficult this is for many of our clients, and we’re concerned.

This is why we developed programs like the Budget Plan years ago. We can distribute your overall propane costs evenly throughout the year with the Budget Plan instead of you getting hit with three or four big propane bills next winter. Also, you won’t have to worry about an essential propane delivery arriving when you have other major bills to pay, such as expenses from the holidays or a tax payment.

What also makes our Budget Plan great is that you don’t pay any more to be on this program. Enrollment in this plan costs you absolutely nothing!

Benefits of our Budget Plan

What makes our Budget Plan so popular with our customers? These six things, for starters.

  1. You don’t use more propane than you normally would.
  2. We only charge you for the propane you actually get at market price on the day of your delivery.
  3. Your propane bills are more predictable and manageable at a time when fuel costs are fluctuating rapidly.
  4. You will have more money on hand during the winter.
  5. Even if it’s really cold one month and you need two propane deliveries, you still only pay your one monthly payment.
  6. You’ll never have to pay finance charges even if your account balance increases.

How the Taylor Gas Budget Plan works

Our first step is looking over your prior propane usage to calculate how much you’ll be using in the year ahead.

Then we multiply your annual fuel use by this year’s projected price. That total is divided into 12 lower, easy monthly payments. If your actual bills are a little higher or lower than we estimated, we will make adjustments as necessary during the course of the winter.

Using our Budget Plan can cut your winter propane bills in half … or more!

Our commitment to you

It’s our goal to provide you with the lowest price we can while still providing you with dependable propane service and delivery so that your family is safe, warm, and comfortable.

Many of you have been long-time customers. It’s frustrating to be forced to charge you so much for your gas. Unfortunately, the charges levied by our suppliers limit our options. Please be assured we are doing our best to help you navigate through these difficult times.
 
We appreciate your confidence in us, and we remain dedicated to providing the finest possible service for your family, regardless of propane cost fluctuations.

If you are having trouble paying your Taylor Gas bill, please don’t wait until you fall behind to get in touch with us. We’re here to help and are willing to work with you on a solution.

Always put propane safety first

no heat guide marylandMany modern propane-fueled heating equipment includes an electronic ignition. However, many older gas heating systems and some current versions continue to use a pilot light.

The pilot light is the little flame in your heating system that restarts the main burner and stops gas leaks. It’s intended to be lit at all times.

Occasionally, pilot lights go out. The intake valves may be clogged by dirt and dust, resulting in this situation. It can be put out with a draft. Because of a leak in your heating system, the pilot light may have gone out automatically. A thermocouple might have broken down.

If you detect the rotten-egg odor of propane gas, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out of the house immediately. Once you are safely away, call 911 then Taylor Gas.

Troubleshooting a pilot light

If you follow the steps below, you may be able to restart your pilot on your own without the need for a service call. This troubleshooting only pertains to pilot lights and does not apply to heating systems with electronic ignitions.

To get started, thoroughly read your heating system manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to the pilot light.

Find the gas valve for the pilot. It usually has markings for “ON,” “OFF,” and “PILOT.” Turn it to “OFF” and wait at least three minutes so it can reset.

Once three minutes have passed, turn the valve to “PILOT.” Then hold a lit match next to — not inside — the pilot light opening. Push and hold the reset button on the pilot control panel until the pilot light ignites while holding the match. Set it to “ON” once it lights up.

If these steps do not work, contact Taylor Gas for assistance. Other possibilities need to be addressed by a professional service expert.

If you’re unsure or uncomfortable about performing any of these steps, contact us for a service call.

Taylor Gas is committed to the safe handling and delivery of propane, as well as the safe installation and service of propane appliances. Contact us for all your propane needs.

What’s the difference?

thermostats marylandIf you think programmable thermostats and smart thermostats are the same things, you’re about to learn some great information!

Both programmable and smart thermostats can help you save money on your heating and cooling expenses, as well as make it easier to keep your house comfortable.

The distinctions between the two are primarily technological, functional, and financial. Whichever one you pick, if you program it correctly, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling expenditures every year!

Here’s what to do.

Heating season:

Cooling season:

Programmable thermostats: Control made easy

Until programmable thermostats were introduced in the 1980s, the only choice of thermostats available was manual. And the only method to control them was to get up and manually change the temperature.

Programmable thermostats made it simple to control your home’s heating and cooling. You could set it and forget about it, much like a slow cooker.

You can set your thermostat to a higher temperature in the summer and a lower temperature in the winter while you’re away during the day and have it back to your desired temperature when you get home.

Programmable thermostats are popular among people who dislike worrying about forgetting to turn the temperature up or down before leaving or waiting for their homes to get comfortable after returning.

You may create several programs with a programmable thermostat, so you can have one for when you’re on vacation.

Smart thermostats: Put technology to work for you

Smart thermostats do everything a programmable thermostat does, and so much more!

Because a smart thermostat is linked to your home’s WiFi, you can set it from any location where you have a wireless or cellular signal. Do you have plans to go on vacation? You can use the app for your smart thermostat while staying at the hotel and program the heating or air conditioning so that your house is comfy when you return.

Some smart thermostats keep track of your energy use. You may use this data to better adjust your thermostat to save even more money on energy bills.

Another function of these thermostats is that they can learn your family’s behaviors and heating and cooling demands, then alter the thermostat settings to fit them.

There are even smart thermostats that notify you when your HVAC equipment needs to be maintained or repaired.

There are smart thermostats available at your local hardware or home improvement shop, as well as online. They’re a bit more expensive than programmable thermostats, but you’ll get immediate return on your investment with your energy savings from the day you install it!

Get reliable delivery of energy-efficient propane. Become a Taylor Gas customer today!

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had several increases from our propane suppliers during this run-up in energy costs.

What’s Coming Next?

It’s anyone’s guess where things will go from here, but we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact of high energy prices for our customers. One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.

AFUE helps you know your furnace’s efficiency

heating efficiency marylandAre you looking into a new heating system for your Southern Maryland home? If so, you may be feeling a little stressed.

This is a major investment in your home’s comfort and value. The choice you make for your new furnace or boiler can also dramatically impact your heating costs.

Fortunately, you have Taylor Gas on your side! We sell and install top-quality heating systems from respected manufacturers including American Standard, Luxaire, Bosch, and Lochinvar. Our trained and experienced equipment pros will help you find the right one for your home.

Once we install your new boiler or furnace, we’re still here for you with expert maintenance and repair service that will keep your furnace or boiler running at its best possible efficiency.

What does AFUE stand for?

AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This is a statistic that measures how efficient your heating system is. It’s comparable to the MPG rating on cars. The AFUE indicates how much fuel is used by your heating system in comparison to the amount of heat it generates throughout a year. A boiler or furnace’s faceplate typically has the AFUE printed on it.

The AFUE helps with comparison shopping when you’re choosing a new heating system for your home.

Here’s an example of how you’d use the AFUE if you’re shopping for a propane furnace. You see one that has an AFUE rating of 80. That means that 80% of the propane it consumes goes toward heating your house. The other 20% is lost in the combustion and conversion process. For every dollar you spend on propane, 80 cents of it is used for heating.

The United States Department of Energy has a guide on common AFUE ratings for heating systems. The current minimum AFUE standard for new heating systems is 80.

Low efficiency: This is mostly seen in older, outdated, and poorly maintained heating systems. The AFUE ratings fall between 56 and 70.

Medium efficiency: AFUE ratings are between 80 and 85. These are either new systems or older systems less than 20 years old. Features include an exhaust fan controlling the flow of combustion air and combustion gases more precisely than older, low-efficiency systems, electronic ignition and not a pilot light, smaller size and weight that reduces cycling losses, and a small-diameter flue pipe.

High efficiency: This is most seen in furnaces and boilers that are new or less than 10 years old. AFUE ratings are between 90 and 98.5. Their features include condensing flue gases in a second heat exchanger for added efficiency and sealed combustion.

Don’t go it alone at a big box store! Come to Taylor Gas when it’s time for a new heating system at your home.