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Monday 24 June, 2013

Our Very Own Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who

Our Very Own Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who – Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s family business, Sterling Oil, is celebrating its 30th year of business

Donna Beeler Hensley Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Business Management

Who's Who

Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s family business, Sterling Oil, is celebrating its 30th year of business

LYNCHBURG, VA, June 24, 2013 Donna Beeler Hensley, Vice President of Sterling Oil, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in business management.

A seasoned industry expert, Mrs. Beeler Hensley has 17 years of professional experience, with 12 years as a vice president of Sterling Oil. As a customer service expert, she is responsible for overseeing business operations and the service segment for the HVAC with her brother, Michael Beeler. This involves ordering and pricing fuel, acquiring the best inventory on the market, assisting with dispatched service calls, and ensuring that her staff is trained, knowledgeable and remains current with all customer needs. In addition, Mrs. Hensley is involved with sales and installation of new customer equipment, fuel lines, repairs to existing equipment, and all facets of the statewide oil business efforts. Mrs. Hensley also organized the company’s participation in disaster relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo along the entire east coast of the United States.

Mrs. Beeler Hensley is 45 years old, and she works with her father, H. Wayne Beeler, who owns Sterling Oil. They are celebrating 30 years of business this year. She attributes her success to her pride in the work she does and in the company, as well as her father, who is her hero, and who she greatly respects. She became involved in her profession because Sterling Oil is her family’s business, which she grew up admiring the tremendous work ethic of her parents. She was in the car business in her early 20s, and was responsible for inventory and ordering cars. After her father underwent open heart surgery, she stepped in to help with the business because she felt a sense of responsibility. With the guidance of her father, participation from her brother, and Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s unparalleled customer service, Sterling Oil Company has grown and flourished under this leadership.

Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s Company is a member of the Virginia Jobbers Association and she is always interested in the future energy needs, Mrs. Hensley is also an Associate for Viridian Energy which was founded in 2009 and is a rapidly growing energy company. They provide an alternate energy supply option to the local utility. When Mrs. Hensley is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Mrs. Hensley prepares food for the neighborhood church to feed the community. She spearheads the community coat/teddy bear drives each year for the less fortunate. Family’s in her area who find themselves in an economic hardship often turn to Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s compassionate efforts, as the hundreds of customer thank you letters attest. Mrs. Beeler

Hensley confirms that her altruist heart is directly from her personal relationship of faith. An active church member, she is often called on to help others and responds happily. In years to come, Mrs. Beeler Hensley hopes for continued professional growth and development.

Sterling Oil is an area leader which provides heating and cooling solutions to residential and commercial customers. They supply a large portion of their area with heating oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, and gasoline. Also they provide fuel for commercial generators for existing businesses. Often they provide diesel fuel service to incoming vendors to the city for large construction efforts. They install new heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioning systems, and all ancillary associated products. For more information about about Sterling Oil visit and for information about Viridian Energy visit Associate Number: 18575



Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Celebrating 30 Years of Business

H.Wayne Beeler started the business Sterling Oil Company, Inc in 1983

Our Company is a Family Owned Business and We take Great Pride in giving Fast and Dependable Service to Our Valued Customers here in the Greater Lynchburg Area and Surrounding Counties.

Our Company also has a Service Department We Install a Full Line of Heating and Cooling Equipment which included Heatpumps as well.

So Give Our Company a call at 434-845-0971 and we will be Happy to Serve You

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Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a K-Factor?

A K-factor reflects your individual rate of usage based on how cold it is. K-factor is determined by dividing the number of degree days by gallons delivered. The higher the K-factor the more efficient your heating system. This is similar to tracking your car’s miles per gallon.


What is a Degree Day?

Degree Days are a unit for estimating the demand for energy required for heating and cooling. Starting from the standard US indoor temperature of 65 degrees, a heating or cooling degree day is recorded every 1° decrease or increase from this standard.


What does Degree Day monitoring mean to me?

Think of it like the MPG (miles per gallon) calculations used for your car. Like MPG, Degree Day monitoring helps determine a particular rate of usage. Our Company tracks the number of accumulating degree days throughout the season and uses this formula based on your usage to determine when you will need another delivery.


Why are annual equipment tune-ups so important?

Annual tune-ups on your heating system will reduce the chance of breakdowns, keep your system running at peak efficiency and will save you money on your fuel bill.



Friday 19 October, 2012

Women In The Oil Business

Women in the Oil Business

Women in the Oil Business

Women in the Industry
Over the years while working in many phases of this industry, I have come to realize that one of the most often overlooked groups of people in our industry is the women who work for our companies. Many of these same women seldom or never make it into the lime light for the contributions they have made to keep our industry both whole and profitable.

             One of these women works in the manufacturing and marketing side of the heating industry and when it comes to knowing her company’s products, whether it’s a furnace or boiler, she is on her game at all levels. In 2009, I had the distinct honor to present her with then NAOHSM Associate of the Year award (now Oil and Energy Service Professionals) for both her compassion and the many years of dedication to both this industry and a company. A true icon!

            Most of the time I do not mention names, but I’m going to make an exception to my own rule. Julie, as she is known, doesn’t just work for a family oil company that was established in 1898 and located in Rhode Island; she is a vital link to its success. She arrived at this company out of high school and has been a faithful part of its success for several years. Julie always displays a take charge attitude and can make correct decisions on her own, weather it be service related, billing, budgets, or those ever nagging “What’s the price of oil?” calls.

            Some I have witnessed during my business calls to this company and when you talk to the owner the company, you soon learn that Julie is recognized as one of the family and the life blood of the business’s success. Then there is Alice the co-owner and president of a family owned and operated supply company. Alicecould well retire, but due to her dedication to her customers, she can be found daily at the counter greeting and serving their needs. Over the years Alice has gained a wealth of product knowledge and can assist in solving many trade related issues.

Take a moment after reading this article and reflect on a woman or women in your own company. Are they the ones that seldom receive any gratitude for what they do on a daily basis? Let’s not forget that many of these same women are wives and mothers at the end of the day! I would also call them company defenders. Why? Because they get to address every issue from the customer’s viewpoint and shield others from an often stressful and challenging situation, while maintaining the integrity of management and ownership.

             Women rarely get to leave the office (except for lunch) unlike most of the owners and managers and are generally the last to know when it comes to a policy change. Sound familiar?

            I recently had a credit card issue that involved over a thousand dollars in non-authorized charges that were applied to my company credit card. It too was processed and corrected by a woman from my own company. It’s been said that behind every good man is a woman. So to that end I agree and will close by saying hats off to all the women in the industry—let’s show our appreciation when they least expect it.



Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Sterling Oil VP gets to meet the Candidate VP Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Event

Meeting Republican Candidate Paul Ryan Lynchburg, VA


Monday 01 October, 2012

Build With Oil

Build With Oil is the comprehensive program created to promote Oilheat to builders, contractors, building owners, real estate professionals and homeowners.

If you’re an Oilheat Dealer, the Build With Oil Program is your practical guide for building on the success of the national program to benefit your own company. Helping you get a larger share of the builders market is our top priority. You’ll gain valuable advice and assistance in building your own program quickly and inexpensively. And you’ll be offered the tools you need to achieve your sales/marketing objectives.

If you’re a Builder and/or a Contractor, the Build With Oil Program will provide you with the benefits of installing Oilheat equipment in your residential and commercial projects. And it will provide you with the contact information you need to establish mutually beneficial relationships with Oilheat dealers in you area.

If you’re a Real Estate Professional, the Build With Oil Program will demonstrate to you why buyers prefer the cozy efficiency and dependability of Oilheat. And how, by working closely with the Oilheat Dealers in your area, you can get the help you need to sell more homes faster.

If you’re a homeowner or building owner, the Build With Oil Program will show you why Oilheat is the best choice for cozy comfort, energy efficiency, dependability and savings.



Monday 01 October, 2012

Quality Homes Deserve Quality Heat! OIL HEAT


Build With Oil - Why Build With Oil?
Quality Homes Deserve Quality Heat!Builders and realtors alike are well-advised to consider the many advantages of Oilheat. Advantages that add value to homes and make them easier and more profitable to sell. Most importantly, Oilheat increases buyers’ immediate and long-term satisfaction with their homes—thereby enhancing your reputation as a quality builder or realtor.

Research conducted at Brookhaven National Labs shows that Oilheat advances have reduced oil burner emissions to near zero levels. The new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission ratings affirm that oil burners are now one of the cleanest combustion sources in the United States.

One of the main things buyers want in a home—whether new or pre-owned—is comfort. (If you can’t be comfortable in your own home, where can you be?) That’s why the choice of heating fuel used in a home is so important. Oilheat is a smart choice. It keeps families snug, cozy and comfortable throughout the entire heating season—and supplies plenty of hot water as well.

The cost of heat is also very important to homebuyers. Today’s Oilheat appliances offer energy efficiencies 83% to 94%. That means from 83 to 94 cents of every dollar spent on fuel goes to heating the house and the hot water used in it. This outstanding efficiency does wonders for the family budget!

With Oilheat, homeowners have a secure supply of fuel right on their own property. When additional fuel is needed, it is readily supplied by dependable local oil dealers. With over 36 oil-producing countries, the U.S. is not dependent on any one region—and totalproven reserves are about 60% higher than they were in 1985. All this makes oil the dependable heating fuel of choice.

Homeowners will appreciate Oilheat’s safety for a variety of reasons. Home heating oil will NOT explode and is not even combustible at room temperature. It has to be heated to 140°F. before it vaporizes. In addition, an Oilheat system will give off smoke and turn itself off before emitting dangerous carbon monoxide. And having an oil tank allows homeowners to have their own supply safely stored on their property.

Environmentally Friendly
Today’s homeowners are aware of the importance of environmental protection. That’s another reason why they like Oilheat. Air polluting emissions from Oilheat are insignificant, and oil storage tanks offer no threat to the environment. Fuel oil is biodegradable. Oilheat is not only best for homeowners—it’s best for our planet as well.

  • Storage
  • Hydronic
  • Forced Air
  • Radiant
  • Hot Water
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces & Decorative Stoves

Oilheat is versatile—it can be used in forced air, boilers or radiant appliances. Air conditioners, air cleaners and humidification systems can be added, radiant tubing can keep driveways and walkways free of ice and snow. Great for pools and hot tubs. Oil can be stored outdoors above ground or underground—in garages, basements, or utility rooms. Many of today’s tanks are even guaranteed against leaking. Tank enclosures can be custom-built to complement the style of home.


Monday 16 April, 2012

Common Heating and Cooling Questions and Answers

What is the best set-point for my thermostat?

Temperature set points in the home are clearly a matter of personal preference. We do recommend that homeowners leave their thermostats at one setting and avoid turning the system on and off. This will allow your system to keep comfort levels even throughout the house.

How often should I change my filter and what kind should I use?

1” filters are the typical choice for most homeowners. 1” should be changed monthly and we recommend pleated filters over the typical blue poly filters. 5” media filters should be changed every six months and are an excellent choice for homeowner’s who would like to increase the level of filtration in the home and not invest in a electronic air cleaner. Electronic air cleaners offer the highest level of filtration for homeowner’s. Please refer to the maintenance and care manual that should have been provided with your air cleaner. Also note that electronic air cleaners must be serviced in order for the units to maintain their efficiency.

Is preventive maintenance really worth it?

Yes, having semi-annual preventative maintenance performed allows homeowners to receive the maximum efficiency comfort out of their system. Clean coils and balanced refrigerant charges are one example of how preventive maintenance can help homeowners.

What is the best heating and cooling system for my home?

Heating and cooling systems are more than just equipment alone. Duct systems (forced air), proper refrigerant piping, and proper system sizing are just a few facets of a quality heating and cooling system. All equipment manufacturers are not created equally. Southern Air, Inc. only installs the highest quality systems on the market.

What is Dual Fuel and how can it benefit me?

“Dual” refers to the pairing of a heat-pump with a gas, oil, or LP furnace/boiler. Dual fuel allows the homeowner to heat with their heat pump down to a certain temp and then bring on the fossil fuel unit below the heat pump lockout point. This simply means that you can heat with your heat pump on cool/mild days and heat with your fossil fuel unit on the really cold days, maximizing your comfort and the dollars in your wallet.

How often should I have my ducts cleaned?

Every time homeowners have their equipment changed out or every 10 to 15 years.

Is it okay to close vents?

Generally no. Comfort Systems are designed for “balanced” airflow. This means that all vents are considered to be open when a system is designed to condition a given space. If a homeowner is interested in permanently closing off supply vents they should consult a licensed mechanical contractor.

What is the best way to control Humidity?

Whole house steam-humidifiers are the best way to control humidity during the heating season where humidity needs to be added to the space. During the cooling season variable-speed air handlers and multistage cooling equipment along with a properly sized duct system are three key components to removing humidity from the space. If a homeowner has a specific humidity problem, they should consult Southern Air, Inc.

Why is there “Smoke” coming from my outdoor unit?

Heat pumps have a cycle called “Defrost”. The defrost cycle removes the “frost” from the outdoor coil by switching the system in air conditioning mode for a short period of time. The back-up heat will come on during this process to condition the air. Homeowner’s may experience a slightly cooler supply air temperature during defrost.

What is a heat load calculation?

A heat load calculation is a procedure that is used to properly size heating and cooling equipment. Units are commonly improperly sized. Properly sized systems allow homeowners to control humidity and condition the space with relative ease. Heat load calculations should be performed every time a system is changed out; if there is a problem with humidity; or system have an excessively long run time.

We used these questions and answers from the Southern Air site in hopes that you would find them useful as well.


Monday 16 April, 2012

What Are Degree Days?

Heating engineers who wanted a way to relate each day’s temperatures to the demand for fuel to heat buildings developed the concept of heating degree days.

To calculate the heating degree days for a particular day, find the day’s average temperature by adding the day’s high and low temperatures and dividing by two. If the number is above 65, there are no heating degree days that day. If the number is less than 65, subtract it from 65 to find the number of heating degree days.

For example, if the day’s high temperature is 60 and the low is 40, the average temperature is 50 degrees. 65 minus 50 is 15 heating degree days.

Cooling degree days are also based on the day’s average minus 65. They relate the day’s temperature to the energy demands of air conditioning. For example, if the day’s high is 90 and the day’s low is 70, the day’s average is 80. 80 minus 65 is 15 cooling degree days.

Heating and cooling degree days can be used to relate how much more or less you might spend on heating or air conditioning if you move from one part of the country to another. Of course you’d have to take into account how well insulated your new home will be in comparison to your old one and the different costs of electricity, gas or heating oil. You could also use records of past heating degree days to see if the money you’ve spent on insulation, or a newer furnace or air conditioner is paying off. To do this, you’d also need records of past energy use.

The heating degree season begins July 1st and the cooling degree day season begins January 1st.


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