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Set your AC up now, for success next season

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Summer may be wrapping up, but the heat is still going strong! It makes sense that you may not be thinking about preparing to power down your AC just yet. Fall temperatures will be here before we know it, though, and you’ll want to begin prepping your air conditioner to weather the winter and be raring to go for next summer. Read on to learn some of our top tips for caring for your AC as summer comes to a close.

Top 5 tips to ready your AC for hibernation

You remember the old adage – don’t leave for tomorrow what can be done today! The cliché doesn’t always hold true, but it’s good advice when you’re considering “winterizing” your AC as summer winds down.

Rucci has your comfort covered, whatever the season

Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, Rucci is ready to help. Service is what it’s all about—and what we’ve been about since our founding.

If you’re looking for a reliable heating oil and HVAC company, please contact us to become a customer, and we’ll show you our smart solutions for staying comfortable—and for saving money on energy all year round.

A price-capped budget plan is a smart idea this year!

fuel payments new yorkThe price of heating oil and other fuels has increased in recent months, and we know that type of unpredictability can wreak havoc on a budget. That’s why we offer options to protect our budget-conscious customers. Read on to learn more about how we can help keep fuel costs manageable.

EZ Pay takes the guesswork away

Heating oil prices may sometimes be unpredictable, but our monthly payment plan takes the guesswork out of your heating oil bills. You can spread out your winter fuel payments by enrolling in our budget plan, which we call EZ Pay. Enrolling in EZ Pay, at absolutely no cost, helps make your heating oil payments more predictable!

Here’s how EZ Pay works: We review your fuel use over the past few winters and calculate a monthly payment amount. Then, from July through May, you have 11 equal, predictable payments, which means no unexpectedly high heating bills.

Price protection gives you price certainty

Tired of the price spikes in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and New Jersey—including Newark, Bayonne, Jersey City, Rahway, Woodbridge, and Linden? Our Price Protection program looks out for you:

The takeaway here is that with the Price Protection program, you’re protected from skyrocketing prices – without being stuck with a mediocre rate if prices end up falling. It’s the best of both worlds, and there’s no risk to you, so contact us today!

Rucci has smart solutions – no matter the ups & downs

With our history of serving customers for nearly 100 years, we have learned that every customer’s financial circumstances and budgeting needs are unique. No matter where the price of home heating oil goes, our customers need some way to make their prices more predictable. Some companies make this process complicated; we don’t.

If you would like to learn more about our EZ Pay and Price Protection programs, we look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll join the Rucci family of satisfied customers!

Propane Tank Delivery Makes It Easy!

grilling with gas new yorkYou’ve heard how great propane grilling is from family, friends and neighbors – now it’s your turn to take the plunge. If you’re ready to say goodbye to firing up a hot stove in your sweltering kitchen this summer, read on to learn more about how you can enjoy all the benefits of grilling with propane, without any hassle!

What’s so great about propane grilling?

Always have propane on hand with our Smart Exchange program!

Our Smart Exchange propane grill tank exchange service makes always having propane for your BBQ grill easy and worry-free! No more going out to fetch a new cylinder, just to miss out on your own barbecue!

Rucci makes propane grilling easy!

With propane grilling, you’ll be all set for your best summer yet, and we’re ready to get you started with our easy, convenient Smart Exchange program. If you’re in Staten Island, NY, we’d love to deliver your propane cylinder for your next cookout.

Reach out to us today and learn about the other services we provide for your home comfort.

Another Smart Solution: Propane Delivery & Small Cylinder Exchange

tank delivery new yorkHopefully, you already know that from heating to cooling to plumbing, Rucci has the knowledge and experience to provide you with smart solutions for your home needs. But now, we’ve added one more wise idea for stress-free backyard cooking on your propane gas grill. We call it Smart Exchange–an exchange program for 20-pound propane barbecue grill cylinders.

How Smart Exchange Works

It’s easy to have the propane you need for your spring and summer grilling on hand and ready to go. Simply:

Say Goodbye to Hassles and Headaches

Let us worry about the propane, so you can focus on the barbeque! With our new Smart Exchange program, you can avoid:

Choose the Option that Works Best for You

Your Grill is Calling, and We’re Ready to Get You Set Up!

If you’re interested in becoming a Rucci customer, call us so that we can help you get set up. We have smart solutions for heating, cooling, and plumbing – and now our BBQ propane cylinder exchange service! Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, Rucci is ready to help.

Find out more about our services, payment options, and new customer incentives and reach out to us today.

Fuel Price Spikes Can Be Distressing, But You Can Depend on Rucci

heating oil cost new yorkHeating oil, gasoline, and the many other products derived from crude oil are beholden to its price spikes on the global market. This is just what happened when Russia invaded Ukraine, causing crude oil prices to soar to over $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly a decade. This on top of already existing price spikes caused by supply shortages and inflation has definitely raised prices for heating oil customers. Read on to see how Rucci Oil can help you cope, and that we’re all in this together.

The spike in fuel prices is problematic for all of us, but with Rucci, you don’t have to worry about fuel run-outs and delays, and we may be able to help you with our budget plan, which we call EZ Pay, by spreading out your payments if you have trouble paying your bill. Read on to learn more about heating oil price fluctuations. Please reach out to us with any questions, so we can help you navigate this challenging time and brainstorm with you to find solutions.

No Easy Fix to Heating Oil Supply Shortages

Pundits and politicians in the U.S. like to offer a simplified and misinformed solution to supply shortages, claiming that drilling more oil domestically will solve the problem. But that’s ignoring the predictions put forth by experienced investors, who realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy.

Market Volatility

Another factor influencing oil companies in this extremely volatile energy market is the memory of the shocking drop in crude oil prices towards the start of the pandemic. In spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But as quickly as mid-March, crude oil prices had dropped under $100 per barrel again. This was caused by a variety of factors, including the surprise COVID-19 lockdowns in China, small signs of a possible diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, and the biggest drop in four years of “bullish bets” on the market by hedgers.

Russia’ Influence on the Market

Russia’s influence on the market stems from its role as one of the top three greatest petroleum and liquid fuels producers in the world. Because of Russia’s clout, energy prices began rising simply in anticipation of the potential sanctions on the Russian energy sector if the country invaded Ukraine. Even the hint of a possible disruption in the energy supply – in other words, the fear factor – can strongly affect commodities traders’ decision-making.

When Russia DID invade Ukraine, the U.S. was the first country to place a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products, which amounted to about 7% of U.S. imports in 2020 – not a huge portion. In contrast, Canada ranked number one with 52% of petroleum imports, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But here’s where the fear factor becomes apparent: While Russian oil imported into the U.S. amounts to only a few drops in the barrel, the prospect of Europe eventually joining the U.S. in banning Russian energy imports would leave a big void to fill, and this uncertainty scares those who make their living in the oil markets.

What Can We Expect Next?

You may be asking, exactly where things will go from here. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say for sure. Like you, we hope this spike is just temporary. Nothing will make us happier than when prices return to normal in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and New Jersey and throughout the country. Until then, trust Rucci to look out for you when you become a customer.

For nearly 100 years, Rucci has been engaged in the business of keeping our customers warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe and comfortable all year long. Thanks to our loyal customers, we plan to be doing so for many more years to come. Together, let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with energy prices—we will be soon living in a more peaceful world, where families can be warm, safe, and together.

Heating oil lasts longer than you think

bioheat lifespan new yorkHeating oil has more longevity than you might expect. In fact, it lasts for up to two years, provided it is stored properly. There are a few factors that can impact your stored heating oil’s quality, though. Read on to learn some helpful tips for making sure your heating oil is poised to live a long, healthy life.

Choose automatic delivery with monitoring

Because heating oil has a relatively long lifespan of 18-24 months, it’s not likely going to go bad while in your tank, unless you’re storing far, far more heating oil than you could reasonably use in a season. Of course, you never want to risk having too little fuel on hand either. By choosing auto delivery service, you can rest assured that you’ll never run out of heating oil, while also having the peace of mind that your fuel provider is keeping an eye on your usage patterns.

At Rucci, we keep track of your fuel use, and when you need heating oil, we automatically come and fill your tank. And the best part is, we don’t charge you extra for this service. If a nor’easter is on the way or we are gripped by a prolonged cold spell, we plan extra deliveries and make sure you have plenty of heating oil in plenty of time. When temperatures are more moderate and you use less fuel, the time between deliveries is longer.

Avoid contaminants that degrade your heating oil

If you are experiencing contaminants entering your heating oil tank, the tank itself may need to be repaired, replaced or even relocated. Give us a call and we’ll get it figured out.

Use long-lasting, clean-burning Bioheat® fuel

Higher-quality heating oil lasts longer and is better for the environment. As part of our commitment to fuel efficiency and energy conservation, Rucci delivers Bioheat® fuel. This is the industry’s official name for a fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products, including soybean oil, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.

Rely on Rucci for great heating oil pricing in New York and New Jersey

Many homes and businesses in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Jersey City area rely on Rucci to deliver their heating oil and to keep them warm and comfortable throughout our often-frigid winters.

Our loyal heating oil customers depend on us—and stay with us—because of our professional, courteous service and our expertise with all types of oil heating equipment. When you’re ready to join our family of customers, Rucci’s professional staff is ready to get you all set up.

Just say no to amateur heater installation

poor hvac installation new yorkSo, your neighbor’s granddaughter’s boyfriend used to work for a heating and cooling company, but he didn’t finish his training and got fired. Now he “repairs” and “installs” equipment independently and inexpensively! But is amateur installation really worth the so-called savings when you take all the drawbacks into account? (Spoiler alert: definitely not!)

What could go wrong? A lot.

We’re not saying every unprofessional tinkering incident or installation hack job ends in a life-and-limb-threatening disaster, but it’s always a possibility. A poor furnace installation could lead to:

Hidden dangers of the financial sort

Safety issues are top priority, always. But if you can avoid hemorrhaging money due to a poor furnace installation, that’s definitely a plus, right? Here’s what to be on the lookout for:

Installation and service of boilers and furnaces in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and beyond

Rucci has nearly 100 years of experience in the heating and home comfort industry. We proudly deliver heating oil and provide heating, air conditioning and plumbing services throughout the following areas in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and New Jersey—including Newark, Bayonne, Jersey City, Rahway, Woodbridge and Linden. We can help you make the best decision for your home. You can count on us for high-quality money-saving heating systems for every size and budget, so become a customer today!

commercial hvac new yorkWhen choosing a commercial HVAC company in New York or New Jersey, it’s important to consider whether the company has the qualities necessary to provide the services you need. Below, we’ll discuss some of the important factors to consider when selecting the HVAC service that’s best for your business.

Unfortunately, not all commercial HVAC services are created equal. If a commercial customer doesn’t do their research, they could end up with an agreement with a company that isn’t optimal. To protect your business, look for:

Experience

Just like with any hiring process, you’ll want to choose a candidate with ample experience, training, and certification. Everyone has to start somewhere, but new or apprentice employees should always be monitored closely by a seasoned expert.

Longevity

Established companies have built their reputation in the community over many years and, as a result, they’ve developed strong bonds with their customers, suppliers, and employees. This translates to less employee turnover, no shady subcontractors, and no skyrocketing prices that come with the “supplier musical chairs” that so-called discount HVAC companies are known for.

For nearly 100 years, Rucci has been engaged in the business of keeping our customers warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe and comfortable all year long. Thanks to our loyal customers, we plan to be doing so for many more years to come.

Reliability

What are your HVAC company’s emergency policies? Can they meet your business needs within a reasonable timeframe? Do they have reliable, trustworthy employees that can be on-call? If your heating or cooling system is down, your employees and customers don’t want to wait until next Tuesday to be comfortable. If you have lost your heat, have found an oil or water leak, or have any other type of emergency, please call one of our energy experts at 718-285-7385, and we will resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Central Location

Rucci serves and delivers fuel to commercial customers all over Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, and parts of New Jersey, including Jersey City, Bayonne, and Newark. We are located just a few minutes away from the fuel terminal, which gives us easy access to a virtually unlimited supply of commercial heating oil. This means that our customers never have to worry about running low on fuel.

Tech-Savviness

Experience is crucial, but so is staying up-to-date on the latest technologies that can make your HVAC system cost-effective and efficient. The old way isn’t always the best, or most efficient, way to fix a problem and prevent it from reoccurring, but if your HVAC company isn’t staying in-the-know as technology progresses, they may only offer options that are more labor-intensive and costly.

For instance, a new, high-efficiency air conditioning system could cut your annual cooling costs in half—and eliminate the expense and frustration of breakdowns—while keeping your building more comfortable, no matter how high the mercury soars.

Rucci is Here for You

Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, contact us! Rucci is ready to help. Rucci’s professional staff is ready to help you join our family of customers! Find out more about our services, payment options and new customer incentives by reaching out to us today.

Replacing a Commercial Heater: When is the Right Time?

commercial hvac new yorkIn some ways, deciding when to replace your commercial heater is pretty similar to upgrading your heating system in your home – with some key differences. Read on to learn more about what to look for when you’re considering whether your New York commercial heater can get by a little longer with some TLC or a repair – or not.

Bringing your Commercial Heater Current with the New Year

There are a number of important factors to consider when you’re thinking about upgrading your commercial heating system. No matter what type of heater you use, you’ll want to weigh the following:

Rucci Oil Can Help You Make the Best Decision for Your Business

Rucci’s professional staff is ready to help you join our family of customers! To request reliable commercial fuel service or find out more about our products, installation, payment options and new customer incentives, reach out to us today. We have nearly 100 years of experience in putting our customers first in in Staten Island, Brooklyn and beyond.
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5 Reasons your Oil Furnace is Acting Up – and What to Do About it

oilheat repair new yorkNobody wants there to be a problem with their furnace, but ignoring an issue with your heater is only going to exacerbate whatever is going on. Fortunately, many common oil furnace problems have an easy fix. The first step to making sure your furnace keeps on kicking is diagnosing the trouble. Read on to learn about the most common oil furnace problems in New York and New Jersey, and how to troubleshoot them.

Your furnace won’t kick on? Start with the thermostat

The leaves are turning outside, the weather is getting crisp, especially in the evenings, and you decide it’s finally time to get your furnace going for the colder months ahead. Except…..nothing happens. So anticlimactic! One of the most common reasons for this is that the thermostat isn’t communicating with the furnace.

Dirt and debris put a damper on the warmth in your home

Dust, dander, and debris are dirty words when it comes to your furnace. From a clogged air filter to a dirty thermostat, to obstructed ductwork or vents, buildup anywhere in your heating system can wreak havoc on its efficiency and even its ability to work at all. Performing simple maintenance tasks can allow warm air to flow freely, without having to go into overdrive.

Give your furnace some space

Likewise, make sure your furnace itself isn’t blocked or obstructed by boxes, furniture, or items in storage – if in the basement, for example, – or by leaves, yard waste, or lawn equipment, if your furnace is located outdoors. In addition to this being a fire hazard, it can cause your furnace to become overtaxed.

Clean-burning starts with clean burners

Dirty burners create weak, dirty flames, and you can tell by their color. Yellow flames indicate a dirty burner contaminated with soot, condensation or other buildup, while blue flames indicate clean burners. You can use a vacuum hose to clean dirty burners and blowers, but be sure to turn the power off first.

Using a cleaner, more efficient oil can also benefit your furnace because it won’t have to work as hard. As part of our commitment to fuel efficiency and energy conservation, Rucci delivers Bioheat® fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel made from organic and recycled products, including soybean oil, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.

Check the ignition switch and pilot light

If your system has a pilot light and it isn’t igniting properly, there could be a problem with the ignition switch or light itself, causing the air to blow cooler than it should. Always make sure your appliance is turned off before addressing the issue with your pilot light.

Your furnace is in good hands with Rucci Oil

The energy experts at Rucci Oil are here for you, whether you need help finding the right switch to flip, need to tackle a repair, or are ready for an upgrade to your system. We offer sales, installation and service of boilers and furnaces in Staten Island, Brooklyn and beyond. Rucci’s professional staff is ready to help you join our family of customers! Find out more about our services, payment options and new customer incentives by reaching out to us today.