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Diesel is cleaner and more efficient than you may have heard.

diesel fuel Taunton, ma Businesses and building projects in Canton, Stoughton, Easton and the entire South Shore corridor understand how vital diesel fuel is. Whether you use it to fuel a vehicle fleet, power backup generators or get your construction equipment humming, your operations would grind to a halt without adequate diesel.

At Frank Lamparelli, we’ve been delivering premium on-road and off-road diesel to businesses for many decades. We’ve heard a lot of inaccurate information about this fuel and want to set the record straight.

Myth 1 — Diesel is dirty.

The Environmental Protection Agency has tightened emissions requirements; producers of diesel (and diesel engines) have met these requirements and vastly reduced emissions in the process. Diesel engines now have Diesel Particulate Filters, which remove 95% of the mass of smoke from them.

Additionally, all diesel fuel sold in the U.S. is ultra-low-sulfur. Today’s diesel contains a maximum of 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur. That’s down from up to 3,000 ppm in the past.

Myth 2 — Diesel engines have trouble starting in cold weather.

You might have heard that diesel can thicken or gel in freezing conditions, preventing diesel engines from starting in the winter. It’s true that some hydrocarbons in diesel fuel can gel when temperatures are below 40 degrees.

But today’s diesel contains additives that slow the gelling process, and many diesel vehicles now have glow plugs, which help warm up the fuel so it can vaporize.

Myth 3 — Diesel vehicles don’t perform efficiently.

There’s a reason that diesel is one of the most popular transportation fuels on the planet. Diesel engines are more fuel-efficient, with more low-end torque, than gasoline engines of comparable size. The reason is that diesel fuel contains roughly 10% to 15% more energy than gasoline.

What does this mean for your vehicle? A diesel vehicle can travel roughly 20% to 35% farther on a gallon of fuel compared to a comparable gas vehicle — and that’s before you account for the high-performance additives that today’s premium diesel products contain.*

Myth 4 — All diesel comes from crude oil.

While most diesel fuel is a distillate of crude oil, an increasing amount comes from organic and recycled feedstocks like used cooking oil, plant seed oil and other biomass. Bio-refineries in the U.S. currently have an annual production capacity of 2.3 billion gallons. Biodiesel presents a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuel. The overall carbon impact is much lower.

It’s also worth noting that this green biodiesel is also part of Bioheat® fuel, the clean, efficient heating oil product that Frank Lamparelli delivers to Massachusetts homes.

Frank Lamparelli has your diesel needs covered.

There’s no need to line up every morning at a pump to get your on-road or off-road diesel. Let the pros at Frank Lamparelli deliver fuel right to your place of business. We can develop a diesel fuel plan that fits your specific needs. Plus, we offer wireless tank monitoring, so you’ll always know how much diesel is in your storage tank!

Get in touch with our fuel team today to order diesel.

*Source: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/di_diesels.shtml

Propane gas ranges are safe, high-performing kitchen appliances.

gas stoves Needham, ma At Frank Lamparelli, we always strive to ensure our South Shore customers stay safe and comfortable throughout the year. That means ensuring your propane equipment is well-maintained and functions efficiently and safely.

Lately, people have asked us if they should stick with propane for their kitchen stove. A couple of years ago, it would be inconceivable for a homeowner to consider getting rid of their gas stove. Propane ranges offer chef-quality performance and precise temperature control. But this year, there’s been growing concern that these products could be banned. Let’s discuss the reason for this concern and separate some facts from opinions.

Are gas stoves going to be banned?

There is no move by the government to confiscate gas stoves. In early 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner expressed concern, and the CPSC then sought public input on hazards associated with gas stoves.

Why are people concerned about gas stoves?

Some recent studies have linked gas stoves to indoor air pollution and respiratory illnesses. For example, an International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health study from December 2022 stated, “12.7% of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributed to gas stove use.”

But there isn’t a uniform consensus on whether gas stoves materially affect air quality. A Lancet Respiratory Medicine abstract found “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.”

Are propane stoves dangerous?

Let’s start by differentiating between natural gas and propane stoves. Most of the research on “gas stoves” focuses on natural gas, but there are significant differences between these two fuels.

An often-cited Stanford study involved 53 natural gas stoves and found issues with leaks of harmful agents, particularly methane. Methane is the primary component of natural gas, but propane is methane-free — you don’t need to worry about it with a propane stove.

Do gas stoves emit particulate matter?

Particulate matter are microscopic solids or liquid droplets so small that we can inhale them. They can cause health problems. All cooking produces particulate matter, regardless of energy type. Iain Walker of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab notes that “anything with a red-hot element is going to generate particles. That includes most stovetops, ovens and even small appliances like toasters.”

How can you reduce exposure to particulate matter? Anytime you’re cooking —whether you use gas, electricity or another energy source — use your kitchen range hood to vent particulate matter and any other airborne pollutants. If you don’t have a range hood, open a nearby window. Additionally, Dr. Ravi Kalhan of Northwestern University has recommended in a New York Times article that an air purifier with a HEPA filter can considerably improve air quality in the kitchen.

Should you consider an electric stove?

Much of the gas stove debate implies that households should switch to electric stoves. But in addition to being expensive and lowering your cooking performance, switching to electric stoves presents new safety concerns. A National Fire Protection Association study found that electric ranges cause household fires at a rate 2.6 times greater than gas ranges, civilian injuries at a rate 4.8 times higher, and civilian deaths at a rate 3.4 times higher.

One thing we recommend you do is to arrange propane equipment maintenance, including for your stove. A licensed technician can ensure your propane burners are working efficiently and safely.

If you need any assistance with the propane equipment in your home, don’t hesitate to contact the Frank Lamparelli team.

Several factors affect how much heating fuel you’ll need this winter.

heating oil Hanover, ma As winter gets closer on the South Shore, it’s hard to take anything for granted with your home’s heating budget. Afternoons that are mild and pleasant right now could turn frosty in a week. A few unexpectedly icy days will seriously impact your heating oil consumption — and how much you need to spend.

At Frank Lamparelli, we study the weather to accurately determine when our automatic heating oil delivery customers will need a refill.

Let’s discuss how quickly you can expect your home’s heating oil to run out.

Calculate your heating oil usage.

Using a general calculation that your boiler or furnace will use about 1.7 gallons of heating oil an hour in cold weather — and assuming the heating system runs for roughly 10 hours a day — then 100 gallons of heating oil would last about six days in the winter.
Of course, every house is unique, and various factors can affect how quickly your home uses fuel, including:

Finally, the frequency of your fuel deliveries will also depend on how large your oil tank is. The most common heating oil tank size is 275 gallons, which would accommodate an average-sized home in the winter for several weeks before needing to be refilled.

Track your heating oil usage.

Reading an oil tank gauge is fairly straightforward. On top of the tank is a clear glass or plastic vial with markings of F, ¾, ½, ¼. Like a vehicle’s gas gauge, these marks tell you how full the tank is. A red float rests in the vial and drops as your oil level goes down. If the float rests at the bottom of the vial (or you can’t see it at all), your tank is empty or close to it.

The best way to avoid the sinking feeling of realizing you’ve run out of heating oil is to enroll in our automatic delivery program. It’s completely free and removes the possibility of an unexpected runout. The Frank Lamparelli team will track your usage and deliver heating oil right when you need it!
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Here are easy ways to maximize your heating efficiency.

  1. Keep heat inside by plugging leaks with weatherstripping and insulation. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says you need three to four inches of insulation in your attic, and the insulation should be between an R38 and an R49 value.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat to lower temperatures when you’re out of the house or asleep. The DOE advises that turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its standard setting for 8 hours daily can lower annual heating and cooling costs by 10 percent.
  3. Arrange annual heating equipment maintenance. A yearly tune-up will vastly improve your system’s fuel efficiency, lower the chance of a breakdown and extend its life expectancy.

Contact Frank Lamparelli for more information about heating oil delivery in your area.

Your HVAC system includes a lot of home comfort equipment.

hvac system Franklin, ma Weather on the South Shore can have some serious extremes. You’ve probably endured some scorching summer afternoons, and we know that you’ve had some extended freezing spells in the winter.

When Massachusetts weather reaches extreme levels of hot or cold, it’s good to know that your home’s heating and cooling equipment can step up to keep you comfortable. You might have heard of this equipment referred to as an HVAC system. At Frank Lamparelli, we install, service and repair HVAC equipment to ensure you stay comfortable every month of the year.

What does HVAC mean?

HVAC is an acronym that means Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. This category encompasses all the equipment that warms you up when it’s cold outside and cools you when the sun is beating down. It can also include ventilation systems that transfer hot and cool air, regulate the humidity and boost the air quality in your home.

What is the most common HVAC equipment?

There are many ways to heat and cool a home these days. Here are the standard HVAC systems that the Frank Lamparelli team works with.

There are also a range of indoor air quality systems that connect to your HVAC system to make your home more comfortable. These include air purifiers, air scrubbers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Trust Frank Lamparelli for your HVAC needs.

The Frank Lamparelli team can handle just about every aspect of your HVAC system. We install top-quality heating and cooling systems from Bosch, Buderus, Williamson, Fujitsu, Carrier and Ruud. Whether you live in a historic home without ductwork or something more contemporary, we have an HVAC system to keep you reliably comfortable.

And our experienced HVAC service team is always available if you need an emergency repair. We also perform annual maintenance on heating and cooling equipment to ensure it runs efficiently for years to come.

How old is your home’s HVAC equipment? You could be missing out on efficient technologies that can slash your monthly heating and cooling costs. Reach out to our team for a free estimate on an HVAC upgrade.

Trust the HVAC team at Frank Lamparelli with your A/C installation.

ac installation Canton, ma Are you still relying on loud and ineffective window air conditioners to beat the summer heat? Is your central air conditioning struggling to overcome the sweltering humidity on the South Shore?

At Frank Lamparelli, we don’t want our customers fanning themselves in their homes. That’s why we handle more air conditioning installations than almost any other home comfort provider in our region. We install and service cooling products from leading manufacturers like Fujitsu, Carrier and Ruud.

And our experienced HVAC team is at your disposal when you’re looking for an efficient, long-lasting A/C option. Here are some questions we’ll ask you as part of your search.

Does your home have ductwork?

If you heat your home with a furnace with vents in your rooms delivering warm air, then your home has ductwork that can likely be used to carry cooled air with central air conditioning. Our team will review your existing ducts and identify the right cooling product.

Conversely, homes that use boiler systems (often with radiators) rarely have ducts. These homes are good candidates for ductless mini-split systems, which have indoor and outdoor components that connect via thin tubes instead of ducts. They cool rooms by transferring heat out of them and returning cool air to them. Ductless mini-splits can also often deliver supplemental heat in the fall and early winter.

What kind of cooling efficiency do you have?

You might have heard of SEER, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating indicates how much cooling output an air conditioning product generates for the amount of energy it consumes. The higher the SEER rating, the better the cooling efficiency. You can think of it like your car’s miles-per-gallon rating.

Recently, the federal government raised the minimum SEER rating for new cooling systems to 14-SEER in our part of the country.

If your current cooling equipment is over 10 years old, its SEER rating might be significantly lower. Upgrading to a higher-efficiency system will keep you more comfortable for less money.

Even better, households that upgrade to high-efficiency cooling equipment may qualify for a federal tax credit through the Inflation Reduction Act.

How large is your home?

If your current central A/C or ductless mini-split system is turning on an off constantly, or “cycling,” to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, then it might not be the right size for the space it’s cooling. As a result, you’re probably using more electricity than you would with a right-sized system. Upgrading to more appropriate equipment will make a huge difference to your summer energy expenses.

Frank Lamparelli is ready to help with your home cooling installation.

Our HVAC technicians have years of experience helping Massachusetts households stay comfortable all year round. If you’re sweating in your own home, we want you to take advantage of our team’s knowledge to find a home cooling solution that really works.

Get in touch with Frank Lamparelli to receive a free estimate on an A/C upgrade.

Our propane keeps commercial vehicles on the road.

propane fleet Taunton, ma Many businesses and municipalities with vehicle fleets are discovering a fuel that offers an affordable, eco-friendly alternative to gasoline and diesel. That fuel is propane autogas. You might not be aware that, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are about 60,000 propane vehicles on U.S. roads right now. Some vehicles that use autogas are:

There are several terms for this fleet-fueling propane, including LPG and autogas. At Frank Lamparelli, we are proud to deliver propane autogas throughout the South Shore.

Are LPG and propane autogas the same?

The acronym LPG stands for “liquified petroleum gas,” which can stand as a synonym for all propane. It’s also frequently used as a term for propane autogas. So, even though LPG can describe all propane, you can use it to describe the propane that fuels road vehicles.

How does autogas work?

Propane autogas is used to fuel light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. In fact, it’s the third most popular fuel in the U.S., after gasoline and diesel.

Autogas vehicles have an internal combustion engines just like gas and diesel-fueled vehicles. Propane is stored as a liquid in a tank at the rear of the vehicle. A fuel line transfers propane to the engine’s combustion chamber for ignition.

Some vehicles use propane as their sole fuel source, while others are bi-fuel vehicles, which can run on both propane and gasoline.

What are the benefits of propane autogas?

For a start, propane autogas offers significant advantages in terms of affordability. Over 90 percent of propane used in the U.S. is American-made, meaning that it’s better insulated for global energy markets than gasoline is. Even though propane’s fuel economy is lower than gasoline, it has a higher octane rating and is generally less expensive per gallon than gasoline. In the end, this typically makes autogas more affordable.

There are also significant environmental benefits to propane, including the following:

Propane autogas is also non-toxic and will typically dissipate into the air. Conversely, spilled gasoline will pool on the ground, creating a safety hazard.

Frank Lamparelli can provide the clean, affordable, environmentally friendly propane autogas you need for your fleet of vehicles. Get in touch with our friendly commercial fuel team right away to begin receiving premium propane autogas.

Efficient oil or gas-powered hot water systems.

water heater installation Needham, ma When customers ask us when the best time is to install a water heater, we like to say that it’s while your current water heater is still working. The average lifespan of a traditional storage tank water heater is roughly 10 years. If your unit is around that age, it’s a good time to start thinking about a water heater replacement.

If you wait until your current unit fails, you’ll be scrambling to secure the first available replacement to get your hot water working again. A little planning can help you save money in the long and short term.

Factors to consider when choosing a new water heater

South Shore households have more options than ever for keeping their showers steamy and their hot water taps flowing. To narrow down your choices, think about these factors:

Whether your home uses heating oil, propane or another fuel, we can find the perfect water heater for you. Here are some product types to consider.

Traditional storage tank water heaters

These are the appliances you probably think of when you imagine a water heater. They typically have storage tanks between 30 and 80 gallons. Generally, storage tank models are more affordable, but they’re less efficient and have shorter lifespans than on-demand alternatives.

It’s worth noting that propane water heaters have roughly double the hot water recovery rate (the metric for how many gallons of hot water a unit can produce in one hour) of an electric model. This efficiency can save hundreds of dollars in energy spending each year.

Propane tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters do not store water for distribution. They produce hot water on demand using a super-hot flame. Our technicians can help you identify a product that matches your home’s peak flow rate.

While tankless water heaters can be pricier than traditional water heaters, they offer fantastic efficiency savings. On-demand systems don’t have standby losses caused by heating and reheating a tank of unused water. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found that homes with tankless water heaters are up to 34% more energy efficient than homes with storage-tank units.

Even better, tankless water heaters have a much longer life expectancy. Because they don’t have as much contact with corrosive particles in water, they can last over 20 years with proper maintenance.

Indirect-fired water heaters

These heating oil-fired systems use the heat your boiler generates to heat water for your home. Your boiler’s water never comes into contact with the water that goes to your fixtures and appliances. The DOE found that indirect-fired water heaters with high-efficiency boilers and insulated tanks generate some of the least expensive hot water. Also, most indirect-fired units have extended warranties for the original purchaser.

The Frank Lamparelli team can help you choose the best water heater for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Biofuel products to power furnaces, jetliners and everything in between!

planet-friendly energy Hanover, ma You may not be aware that the heating oil Frank Lamparelli delivers to your home contains renewable products that are making a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The product we provide for your furnace or boiler is called Bioheat® fuel. It is an eco-friendly blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and organic biodiesel. This fuel is great for the environment and your home. It produces significantly lower carbon dioxide, mercury and particulate matter emissions than traditional heating oil. It also burns cleaner in your equipment. As a result, you’ll need fewer service appointments, and your heating system will last longer!

What is biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum-based heating oil and diesel. It’s made from organic and recycled feedstocks, including:

What does including biodiesel in your heating oil mean? The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has found that even a 2 percent biodiesel blend reduces heating oil’s greenhouse gas emissions to the same level as natural gas. Our heating oil delivery blend is 20 percent biodiesel, which results in even lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas.

By 2050, the heating oil industry intends to be using a 100 percent biodiesel blend, which will eliminate 1 billion gallons of heating oil and 8.59 million metric tons of carbon!

What are other renewable fuels in use today?

Beyond biodiesel and Bioheat fuel, there are other sustainable products that are transforming how we live our lives and slowing the harmful effects of climate change:

Frank Lamparelli wants to deliver Bioheat fuel to your home!

We are proud to deliver one of the cleanest heating fuels on the South Shore. Bioheat fuel burns cleanly without sacrificing any of the robust heat of traditional heating oil. And your system doesn’t need any modifications to use it.

If you’re interested in receiving this efficient, clean fuel, become a Frank Lamparelli customer.

Don’t Skip Your Routine Maintenance!

spring hvac tune-up franklin, ma It’s safe to say that even through a mild winter season, your furnace or boiler still get quite the workout—especially with sub-zero temperatures in early February. No doubt, your heating system had to work overtime to keep your home and family safe during that arctic weather!

Now that we’re at the end of the season, it might be tempting just to turn off your heating system and prepare for spring’s arrival. But this is actually the best possible time for you to arrange a heating tune-up! After all, it’s crucial to have your boiler or furnace serviced once a year.

Here’s why Frank Lamparelli recommends that you schedule maintenance right now:

Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment Before You Forget

Have you ever opened a kitchen drawer and been surprised to see a meat tenderizer or garlic press you don’t remember buying? It’s human nature to forget about something as soon as you stop needing it.

The same is true of your heating system. If you power it down for the warmer months, you’ll likely forget that it needs annual service until late in the fall. Then, you’ll find yourself scrambling secure a tune-up as the temperatures outside drop.

It’s better to get that tune-up on the books now while it’s still front of mind.

Enjoy a Wider Selection of Appointment Availability

If you wait until November or December to tune up your heating system, you might have to wait for an appointment or settle for one at a more inconvenient time. During the heart of the season is when our technicians will already be on the road answering repair calls, and most of our tune-up slots will be filled.

Right now, we have more open times, so you can better have a chance at a time that works best for you.

Enjoy Consistent Energy Savings

The most significant advantage of scheduling end-of-season maintenance is that you’ll effectively lock in energy savings for the year to come.

The U.S. Department of Energy has found that proper heating system maintenance and upgrades, combined with insulation and thermostat settings, can lower your energy bills by 30 percent!

Additionally, a heating tune-up allows our technician to identify and fix small problems that can balloon into pricy, disruptive repairs. This also extends your system’s life expectancy.

Don’t Worry — Your Heating System Tune-Up Won’t “Wear Off”

Some customers are wary of having a late winter or spring heating tune-up because they’re worried the cleaning, calibration and testing we do won’t last until it’s time to turn on the equipment again. You don’t need to fret. A tune-up doesn’t “wear off” while your boiler or furnace sits idle. It will be ready to go as soon as the cold weather returns.

You can count on Frank Lamparelli’s skilled technicians to keep your heating equipment operating efficiently for years. We even offer Premium Heat Protection Plans for oil- and gas-fired systems that provide total peace of mind!

Schedule your heating tune-up this month. Our team is here for you whenever you need us.

Frank Lamparelli Can Help You To Secure Rebates, Financing, and Tax Credits!

equipment rebates boston, ma Is your furnace, boiler, or water heater on its last legs? Has your home’s heating struggled to make it through another cold New England winter?

After a year of surging inflation and record-high energy prices, many households are putting off replacing their home comfort equipment. But this can be a mistake. Not only is it risky to rely on a failing heating or hot water system, but it’s also more expensive. Older equipment has high upkeep costs and burns fuel less efficiently, not to mention the increased risk of a complete system failure.

We can help you save a considerable amount of money on upgrading your propane heating equipment and water heaters with rebates and tax credits.

All the financial benefits listed below are subject to change and availability, so be sure to act quickly to secure your savings before these deals end!

Mass Save Rebates Can Save You Serious Cash!

Mass Save promotes the installation of high-efficiency, eco-friendly home comfort equipment right here in the Bay State. As part of this mission, it offers Massachusetts residents rebates on propane equipment, including:

These rebates require installation by a licensed contractor and often need pre-verification. Check out the Mass Save propane equipment rebates and then contact us to move forward with upgrading your heating and hot water systems.

Increase Your Savings with an EnergyStar Tax Credit!

Did you know there are also federal tax benefits for upgrading to energy-efficient propane systems? As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, you can receive a federal tax credit of up to $600 for installing qualifying high-efficiency propane furnaces, boilers, and water heaters in 2023.

Read about these EnergyStar tax credits and check with our installation team about which heating and hot water equipment qualify.

That’s Just the Start of Your Energy Savings!

These rebates and tax credits will significantly reduce your upfront costs, but that’s only where your savings begin.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home heating makes up about 29 percent of your utility bill, and hot water generation is another 20 percent. That means roughly half of your home’s energy goes to these two systems. And if your furnace, boiler, or water heater is over a decade old, you’re missing out on technological efficiencies that can save you 20 percent or more on your energy bills!

Once you have new propane equipment installed, you’ll see tangible savings almost immediately, including on each energy bill.

Thinking of Upgrading Your Heating Equipment? Contact Frank Lamparelli Oil Co.!

South Shore homeowners trust Frank Lamparelli for their propane equipment installation. Our certified technicians will help you choose the best heating or hot water system, then install it quickly and with minimal disruption to your daily routine. We always get the job done right the first time. Plus, we’re available to perform annual service in the coming years to keep your systems running efficiently.

Frank Lamparelli also offers zero percent financing for qualified customers.

Don’t put off that propane equipment upgrade one second longer. Get in touch with us for a free estimate today!