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Keep up to date on all the services, advice, and insight that Fuel Services has to offer the Greater Springfield, MA area concerning home heating oil, propane, and home comfort services, including heating and cooling systems, plumbing, and more. We strive to keep you informed and safe all year. These articles will help keep you and your family ahead of the energy industry curve.

 
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A Crash Course in Degree Days

Degree days are an important metric used in the energy industry. They compare the average outdoor temperatures recorded in specific locations to a standard temperature of 65°F (the temperature at which it is assumed that indoor heating and cooling won’t be necessary). The more extreme the temperatures outside, the higher the number of degree days, […]

Celebrating a Year of B5 Ultra Clean

In October 2016, Fuel Services proudly made the switch to B5 Ultra Clean Fuel, a blend of 5 percent biodiesel, 95 percent Ultra-low Sulfur Heating Oil (ULSHO), and UltraGuard™ Advanced Fuel Treatment. Since then, we’ve delivered more than 150,000 gallons of pure biofuel to the Greater Springfield Area, resulting in a reduction in carbon dioxide […]

Mass Save Saves the Day

The Mass Save® program plays a significant role in making Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the country. The program offers eligible homeowners, renters and landlords rebates and financing when they elect to upgrade to a higher-efficiency heating and cooling system.   The program blossomed after the Massachusetts state legislature passed The Green Communities Act […]

Preparing Your Oil Tank for Floods

Massachusetts is no stranger to flooding, especially during hurricane season. Increasingly accurate weather forecasting technology coupled with the quick dissemination of information makes it easier than ever to know when a storm is coming. However, while there’s nothing you can do to stifle Mother Nature, you can take steps to protect your oil tank from […]

Summer Activity Check List

Summer is flying by! Here are some summer fun activities to cross off your list before Labor Day! Catch a flick at a drive-in:  Catch the latest films on a large screen, outdoors!  Be sure to take a trip to Mansfield Drive-In, located in Mansfield Center, CT or Medon Twin Drive-In is in Medon, MA.  […]

A/C Made EZ

You crank up your AC on those hot New England days, but do you really know where that refreshing cool air comes from? Let’s take a look…   The key components of an air conditioner (and your refrigerator, by the way) are as follows: 1) the evaporator, 2) the compressor; 3) the condenser; and 4) […]

HVAC VS Millennials: the Changing of Business for Millennials

“Millennials are transforming the companies they work for and the merchants they do business with, and they will be shaping the marketplace for decades to come” – MarketingProfs. They are dominating the consumer market more than ever, so it is extremely important for us (and any business) to be millennial-friendly business So, what is it […]

Standards for Proper AC Sizing

It’s a misconception that all it takes to make a home efficient and environmentally friendly is to replace an old air conditioner with a newer model. Without properly sizing an air conditioner to the living space, the system could consume 30 to 40 percent more energy than it would if the equipment was properly sized, […]

The (Propane) Connection Between Your Home and Grill

The summer calls for grilling with propane, the fuel of choice for many barbecue enthusiasts. That could be because propane heats up quickly, with a flame that burns at 2,500 BTU per cubic feet, as compared to natural gas, which burns at just 1,000 BTU per cubic feet. If you have a propane storage tank […]

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Units

Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps (mini splits) have many advantages over traditional or window unit air conditioners and heating systems. Advantages Mini-splits are retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hot water heat, radiant panels, and space heaters. They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution […]