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Learning about the 80/20 fill rule

May 15, 2019

If you’re a keen observer, you have probably noticed that a freshly-filled propane tank will read 80% on the gauge right after a delivery. Why not 100%, you ask? Well, it’s actually no accident at all – it’s a propane safety measure. You see, the propane in your tank is a liquid – and like any […]

Now is a great time to upgrade your decade-old heating equipment

May 6, 2019

A major home comfort appliance like a home heating system or water heater is a significant investment for you as a Massachusetts homeowner – one that, if maintained properly, should last for quite a long time without major incident. But even the most cared-for furnace, boiler, or water heater will eventually reach a point where paying […]

Have a nose for propane safety

April 22, 2019

If you use propane-powered equipment in your Massachusetts home, a keen nose and a quick mind can go a long way toward keeping your family safe. Your nose matters because propane manufacturers add a chemical to the gas that smells like rotten eggs (propane is naturally odorless) to make leak detection easier. If that smell […]

Save your heating oil tank: Keep it at least half full!

April 15, 2019

Your aboveground heating oil tank isn’t a complicated device – with a little routine maintenance and some sensible precautions it should last you for quite some time! But, one thing that could accelerate the demise of your heating oil tank is keeping it empty during the heating offseason. What does having oil in your tank, even […]

Will a ductless cooling system save you money?

April 8, 2019

You have probably have heard that ductless cooling systems are incredibly efficient – more efficient, in some cases, than even central air conditioners (and certainly more efficient than window units). But is there any truth to this – and if there is, why does a ductless system use less energy than other home A/Cs? Let’s take […]

Time to upgrade your water heater? Here are five factors to consider

April 5, 2019

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, one thing you might notice is that you have a lot of options available to you. Making a smart choice is important, since heating water accounts for nearly 20 percent of your energy bill. Here are five factors you’ll need to consider when choosing a […]

When It’s Time for a Water Heater Replacement

March 25, 2019

A water heater is one of the unsung heroes of home comfort, providing the everyday means for you to shower, bathe, as well as clean both your dishes, and clothes. Yet you probably don’t think much about your water heater – until you’re shocked by a cold shower or flooded basement. If you have come face-to-face […]

Reduce heating system overwork with these 8 tips

March 20, 2019

Your heating equipment has worked hard this winter to keep your family safe and warm in your home. That hard work is a good and necessary thing – after all, keeping you warm is your furnace or boiler’s job. But sometimes your heating equipment works a little too hard – and that overwork will usually lead to […]

Four key reasons to change your HVAC air filter regularly

March 11, 2019

When was the last time you checked or changed your HVAC equipment’s air filter? (C’mon… be honest!) If you can’t recall the last time you checked, or if you know it was sometime before the holidays, you’re not alone. But, you also wouldn’t be alone if you end up with a heating system problem caused […]

Is it time to replace my furnace?

February 25, 2019

A properly installed heating oil, natural gas, or propane furnace will last 15 years or more if it is professionally maintained. But, eventually, even well-maintained equipment will wear down – and if you wait too long to replace it, you may find yourself throwing good money on old, inefficient heating equipment. The big question is: […]