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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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Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing this Winter

In a nightmare scenario, a burst pipe can lead to a virtual waterfall cascading down the stairs and icicles forming on the windows. While not every burst pipe will create such a spectacle, even an “ordinary” burst pipe can cost thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to clean up and fix. The key […]

All You Need to Know About Nozzles

Although small, the nozzle is the heart of the heating system. Without it, your heating system wouldn’t be able to generate warm, comfortable heat. The nozzle breaks up heating oil into tiny droplets to allow for combustion, and delivers the heating oil to the combustion chamber in specific patterns that allow for efficient heating.   […]

Fuel Services, an Environmental Partner to the Neighborhoods We Serve

At Fuel Services, we make the communities we serve cleaner and greener for today and future generations. One of the ways we do it is by delivering propane to our customers throughout Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Recently, Fuel Services President Steve Chase spoke with WWLP about why propane is the most environmentally friendly home heating […]

The Effects of Draft on Your Burner

To operate as intended, oil burners need steady draft. In the heating industry, the term “draft” is used to describe a current of air in an enclosed space created by a pressure disparity. In other words, it’s a force that pulls or sucks exhaust gases out of the heating unit and into the chimney.   […]

HVAC Technicians Wanted!

                          Are you an experienced HVAC technician? Are installations for oil, gas and A/C second nature to you? Are you licensed, have a clean driving record, and have good people skills? We want to talk to you! Fuel Services is looking for a full time HVAC technician to join our […]

AFUE Things to Consider About the Efficiency of Your Heating Equipment

You may have seen the term “high-efficiency” used to describe a furnace or boiler, but how is efficiency actually measured? The answer is Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE (pronounced “a-few”). AFUE is a measure of how efficiently heating equipment converts the energy in its fuel to heat over the span of a year. It’s […]

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 […]