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Important Considerations when Choosing a Home Heating Oil Tank

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Choosing the right size

Home heating oil tanks come in a variety of sizes and it is important to choose the right one for you, whether you are new to heating oil, looking to upgrade or replace your tank, or building a new home in Massachusetts. Our Needham energy experts can assist you with assessing your past oil usage, carefully estimating how much fuel you may consume in the future, and what size tank will meet your needs best.

Consider the big picture

Certain tanks only come in specific sizes. In other words, size is just one component in choosing an oil tank, and it may or may not be the make-or-break factor. If you are looking for a specific type of tank with special features, your selection of size options may be limited – but that’s okay. Our energy experts are well-versed in all tanks available, and can give you insight into all of the crucial considerations when it comes to your oil tank’s size.

Footprint vs. capacity

When referring to size of an oil tank, people are often thinking of the tank’s capacity, meaning how many gallons of oil it can store at once. There is another component to size, though – the tank’s footprint. How much space will the tank take up on your property, and where will be the best place for it to be installed, based on its shape and size? Because some tanks can be vertical, while many are horizontal, the shape the tank takes can vary, even for tanks that can hold the same amount of oil. This is one reason why it is important to speak with an experienced oil tank technician who can assess your situation and determine the right size, orientation and location for your oil tank.

Location

Because heating oil is biodegradable and safe to store inside the home, you can put your new leak-proof tank in a basement, a closet or a garage. You can also put it outside, near your house, garage, or outdoor space. Depending on your location preference, the right size tank to choose may vary, but your knowledgeable technician can help.

Top styles of tanks

Among the state-of-the-art solutions we offer for safe, trouble-free fuel storage are:

Roth Double-Walled Safety Tank

This tank is constructed of top-quality materials and thoroughly tested to ensure safety. No other tank offers you all these features:

Granby EcoGard Double-Walled Safety Tank.

These tanks have warranties of up to 25 years and these features as well:

Needham has you covered when choosing the right size heating oil tank

Needham heating oil professionals will make sure that your new tank is the right size for your home, taking into account your home’s style, floorplan, and size, the type of home heating system you use, and your heating requirements and goals.

Depend on us to recommend the best fuel oil tanks for your needs in Needham, Newton, Framingham, Wellesley, Dover, and nearby areas in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties! We also offer convenient heating oil delivery options as your affordable, dependable full-service fuel provider.

Conserve Your Money – and your Energy – this Season

home efficiency tips massachusettsSmall steps can really add up when it comes to saving money this fall on your energy bills. By making your home more energy-efficient, you can get more bang for your buck when it comes to your heating costs. Many people don’t realize how much of a difference it can make to put in a little effort to reduce energy waste – which adds up to less wasted money.

With the help of Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, you’ll be on your way to keeping your family warm and your pockets full this cold season in Middlesex and Norfolk counties, Massachusetts.

Take advantage of your thermostat.

If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, make sure you are putting it to good use. Not programming your thermostat is like not collecting your change after a cash transaction. There is simply no sense in paying for a product you aren’t using. And heating your home when you aren’t in it is a waste. With a little legwork out front, you can set your programmable thermostat to reduce your temperatures when you are out of the home. This works especially well if you have a regular schedule, but you can also program a thermostat on a daily basis or in the shorter term. If you have an older style thermostat, consider upgrading to one that can save you money.

Change your air filter regularly.

If your heating system uses an air filter, it’s there for a good reason. Filtering the dirt, debris and pet dander out of your system can really help your heater’s efficiency. Have you ever gotten a cookie crumble stuck in the straw of your milkshake? Not much air – or milkshake – gets past the cookie debris without splattering crumbs everywhere, and extra force is required to push the blockage out. An obstructed air filter is just as messy and costs money that could be better spent elsewhere.

Get a maintenance tune-up for your heating system.

Maintenance tasks don’t always seem necessary, especially when nothing is wrong. But, keeping up with the care and maintenance of your heating system before the cold weather really sets in is the best way to prevent costly problems from happening and unseen damage from getting worse.

Just like you need to change the oil on your car regularly, heating systems need an annual check-up. An experienced energy technician can examine your system and check the belts and filters, clean the coils, listen for any unusual sounds, check the air quality and thermostat, and make sure you and your family will be comfortable and safe this winter.

Check places in your home where warm air could escape or cold air could enter.

This means replacing any window or door seals, weather-stripping or caulking that is cracked, peeling, or missing. Likewise, consider adding insulation to areas in your home that may need it, especially the attic.

Examine vents in your home

Consider closing the vents and doors in the rooms that are used infrequently. After all, there is no reason to keep a room at your preferred comfort level when you aren’t using it. Of course, you don’t want the pipes or your pets to freeze, but reducing the heat flowing to your guest bedroom, for example, by a few degrees can increase your energy-efficiency without creating a risk to your furry friends or plumbing.

Save money as a Needham Oil customer this winter

For more tips on how to make your Metro West home more energy-efficient this winter, reach out to our energy experts for advice on optimizing your home and saving money this season. To help your family stay safe and comfortable this winter, get your yearly preventative maintenance checkup and tune-up for your heater this fall with the help of Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling.

Winter is Coming…Is Your Heater Ready?

winter ready checklist massachusettsAs the colder months approach, it is important to make sure your heating system is in good working order. That way, you will have plenty of time to get any necessary repairs completed or parts ordered, before it gets too chilly around Middlesex County and Norfolk County, Mass.

But what goes into a furnace or boiler inspection, exactly? Read on to learn about the HVAC items that need to be double-checked as the seasons change. Whether you’d like to do an initial system inspection on your own or have an expert look your system over, Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling offers a thorough inspection checklist to ensure each and every component of your heating system is in tip-top shape.

Check that air filter, stat!

Replacing a dirty air filter is one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to improve your heating system’s efficiency – not to mention your home’s air quality. When a full air filter starts obstructing the airflow, your heater has to work harder just to blow at the same strength, causing more wear and tear on your heating system and shortening its life.

And speaking of dirt…

Take time to really get a look at your heating vents around the home. If they’re very dusty, this can mean your heating system is clogged with debris or the air filter is ready for a change. If there’s black or dark green residue, it could be a sign of mold.

How does that fan belt look?

Electric furnaces often use fan belts, and those need to be replaced regularly, especially if they appear worn, cracked or loose. The heater’s cover can be opened for a glance at the belt, but be sure to turn the power off first! No worries if this step sounds intimidating, though. One of the courteous and experienced heating technicians with Needham Oil will be happy to walk you through it, or do it for you!

Engage your senses

A thorough heating system inspection can involve all the senses. (Well, almost all of the senses – we don’t recommend tasting any of your heater components!)

Skate into winter with peace of mind as a Needham Oil Complete customer

We want to help your family stay safe and comfortable this winter. Get your yearly preventative maintenance checkup and tune-up for your heater this fall, and for your COMPLETE protection, enroll in one of our service plans with the help of Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling.

Schedule Your Maintenance Now Before Our Technicians Get Too Busy!

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Fall is right around the corner, so it’s crucial to make scheduling your furnace or boiler tune-up a priority. You’ll want to get your equipment’s health squared away before fall is in full swing and the technicians in Middlesex County and Norfolk County, Mass. have a packed schedule. Beat the winter rush for getting your home’s heating system fall-ready by contacting Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today.

Keep Warm in Your Home This Cold Season

Nobody envisions having to call their friends and family in a panic, asking to borrow space heaters and extra blankets because their heater went out, and technicians are scheduling days or even weeks in the future. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the situation many homeowners find themselves in when they fail to plan ahead by getting their tune-up on the calendar before winter hits.

Sometimes, even if a technician can squeeze you into their schedule, you could still experience a delay in getting your heater running again, since it can take days to order necessary parts. Don’t get caught in the cold! Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling can help.

Catch Problems Before They Progress To Bigger, More Expensive Problems

Just like most problems, the longer a boiler or furnace remains unrepaired, the more complicated the necessary fix can become. Identifying a minor HVAC issue and addressing it sooner rather than later can save homeowners money and a lot of headaches by preventing additional damage. While nobody wants to hear their system isn’t at its best, you’ll have more options to choose from – and less to pay out-of-pocket – the earlier the problem can be diagnosed.

Control Your Heating Costs This Season With a Heater Tune-up

A properly-tuned heating system is more efficient, both in heating quality, and cost-wise. Replacing air filters, removing dirt and debris from condenser coils, and making sure the system is adequately lubricated, for example, enables air to move more freely and with less force. A routine inspection and tune-up for your equipment can ultimately help keep energy costs down and extend the life of your furnace or boiler.

Improve Air Quality for a Healthier Home

Tuning up your heating system in the fall means that your heater will be at top performance just as cold and virus season gets going, and that’s important when it comes to ensuring the best filtration – and thus air quality – for your home. Circulating clean air in your home is especially important for households that suffer from asthma or allergies.

Putting Safety First Can Give Homeowners Peace of Mind This Cold Season

Not only can a heater in poor condition cost homeowners financially and leave them uncomfortable and cold, it can also be risky. Improperly maintained heating systems can lead to house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, electrical issues, and other safety issues.

Sign Up for One of Our Service Plans

Don’t forget to schedule a tune-up for your heater this fall with family-owned Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling. For peace of mind, sign up for one of our service plans. We want to help your family stay safe and comfortable this coming season.

You’ll Get Honest Advice from Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling

natural gas massachusettsPeople who have heating-oil equipment that’s 20 years old or older may be considering switching to another fuel to heat their home because they think this will save them money. But most don’t realize that just the upfront cost of converting a heating-fuel system alone can typically reach thousands and thousands of dollars.

Let’s back up a bit. A few years ago, we rebranded our company Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling. Why the change? It was our hope that our customers–and their friends and neighbors—would think of us first when they wanted to:

Because we offer all of these services, you can trust us to give you the best options, regardless of the fuel. The highly skilled professionals at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling can help you decide if converting to natural gas makes sense for your home, and, if it does, help you choose the best equipment for your needs and budget and protect your investment with a service plan.

Experienced Professionals

With many years of experience in the field, our technicians have the expertise to make sure your installation is done correctly and safely. Combustion systems are highly complex, and connecting gas lines and installing new equipment is a job for professionals. Our technicians are fully licensed and trained to ensure that your changeover from oil to gas is safe and hassle-free.

Before you switch away from heating oil, we encourage you to do enough research. Oil offers many advantages over other fuels, especially now that we are combining B20 Bioheat® fuel with ultra-low sulfur heating oil. But with that said, we know that in some cases, other fuel sources can offer advantages. No worries! We do it all, and more importantly, we do it better. We have a track record of nearly 150 years and hundreds of positive reviews that prove it.

If you’re in the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling service area—we’re the HVAC contractor and heating oil provider of choice for Middlesex, and Norfolk County in Massachusetts—contact us about becoming a customer.

Beat The Crowd Before the Fall!

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Labor Day is just around the corner – which means that school, football season, and cool days and nights are not far away.

It also means that it’s time to start thinking about getting a tune-up for your home heating system.

Yes, we know it’s still August…but the longer you wait, the less likely you’ll find an appointment time that fits into your schedule (busy season starts to kick in for us after Labor Day). If an appointment isn’t convenient for you, you might be tempted to put off – or even skip – your tune-up.

Don’t make that potentially expensive mistake!

Regular maintenance for your boiler or furnace is not only the key to keeping your heating equipment running at peak efficiency (which means lower bills for you), it’s also the best way to spot small issues before they costly repairs.

So why not schedule a service appointment today – or better yet sign up for one of our economical service plans? We’ll take care of the rest, and help you have peace of mind for the heating season to come.

Contact Needham today to schedule your annual heating system maintenance and stay one step ahead of the crowd!

a/c energy tips massachusettsSummer is quickly passing here in MA, but according to experts we’ve still got lots of heat coming our way in the weeks to come. Lots of heat means lots of A/C time – and lots of money heading to your utility to keep it running.

If you want to keep those bills as low as possible for the rest of summer, here are five great ways to do it.

  1. Use your programmable thermostat – Run your house slightly warmer when no one is home and when you’re sleeping; you’ll save three to five percent per day on air conditioning bills for each degree you raise the thermostat, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  2. Set reasonable temperatures – When you’re home, target a temperature of about 78 degrees – a temperature the Department of Energy says represents the best balance of comfort and energy savings. Use ceiling fans in conjunction with your A/C to keep air moving so you feel cooler.
  3. Keep an eye on your air filters – A dirty air filter cuts airflow, causing your air conditioner to overwork; chronic overwork leads to higher bills and costly air conditioning repairs.
  4. Make small, effective investments – Little changes – like adding door sweeps to prevent conditioned air from escaping, re-caulking outside windows, or adding heat-reflecting window treatments – can make a big dent in your home cooling bill. Longer-term investments like adding insulation and sealing ducts can also do wonders.
  5. Service your equipment – If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, call A.S.A.P. – the longer you put it off, the costlier your repair will likely be. If you skipped annual maintenance this year, it’s not too late to schedule a service call and get your cooling system back up and running at peak performance.

There’s still plenty of heat left to come in 2021 – keep those cooling bills in check!

If your cooling system needs repairs or maintenance – or if you want to upgrade to a top-quality high-efficiency ductless A/C or central air conditioning system – we can help. Contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today to learn more or get a FREE, no-obligation estimate from our team of home cooling experts!

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Well here we are halfway into Summer 2018 here in Massachusetts…how is your home cooling system holding up?

If you got annual air conditioning maintenance before summer began, chances are your central air conditioner or ductless system is in good shape right now. But if you skipped your A/C tune-up – especially if you have an older home cooling system – you may be seeing, hearing, or even smelling some problems in the weeks ahead.

10 Warning Signs Your A/C Needs Attention

Here are ten signs that it’s time to repair (or possibly replace) your A/C unit:

  1. It’s blowing warm air – Warm air coming from your vents is usually a sign that your air conditioner is either low on refrigerant or is having a problem with its compressor. Either way, you’ll need professional service.
  2. It’s not blowing enough air – Weak airflow is often a sign that either the compressor is failing or that you have a duct leak; either way, it means less comfort for your family and that an A/C repair is likely to be in the cards for you soon.
  3. It’s stopping and starting too frequently – If your air conditioner runs for short lengths of time before it shuts off (also known as “cycling”), it’s probably working harder than it should to keep you cool; it could also be a thermostat problem. Either way, it’s time to have an expert take a look.
  4. It’s making weird noises – High pitched grinding, scraping or squealing could indicate a worn down or lose part somewhere in your system. More serious repairs are almost certainly coming if you don’t take care of the problem quickly.
  5. It’s making weird smells – A strong electrical smell often means that wire insulation has burned out somewhere in your A/C system; a musty smell could mean you have a mold problem in your ductwork. Either way…well, you know what to do.
  6. It’s making the air more humid – Air conditioners reduce indoor humidity – they don’t add to it. If your home air feels more humid with the A/C on, your equipment probably needs service.
  7. It’s making a wet mess – Fluid around your A/C unit often indicates a serious problem. For one thing, refrigerant – Freon, in older units – is poisonous; when you have a Freon leak, your A/C will usually blow warm air. Even water leaks indicate a problem that a professional will have to address.
  8. It’s making you pay more – An unusually high electric bill in the summer can mean a problem ranging from duct leaks to a broken thermostat – and everything in between. You need professional detective work from an HVAC pro.
  9. It’s making you call more – If you and your technician have been seeing a lot of each other lately, it’s probably time to upgrade your air conditioner. You’ll save money on future repairs, reduce your energy bill, and not have to worry about anything beyond routine maintenance years to come.
  10. It’s just plain old – A typical central air conditioner will last 10-15 years – but that doesn’t mean it will perform well in its later years. Much of that depends on how well the unit has been maintained. But once your air conditioner makes it past the 10 year mark, it rarely pays to fix the unit – especially when you consider the performance of today’s high efficiency HVAC systems.

Notice any of these signs in your air conditioner? Give us a call. And don’t worry: If your A/C breaks down in the midst of a long, hot summer day, we’ll be there same day with emergency service.

heating tune-up massachusettsBelieve it or not, we’re nearing the halfway point of summer 2021 – before you know it, evenings will be getting cooler and days noticeably shorter. That makes now the perfect time to get one step ahead of the crowd and have your heating system serviced for the fall.

Just like your car, your furnace or boiler needs regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently and reliably once the cool weather arrives.

The problem is that if you wait until the fall to schedule heating maintenance, you’ll run into some complications. First, quality heating technicians are harder to find once Labor Day has passed. Second, if your system needs to be shut down for maintenance on a night you need heat, it can get uncomfortable for your family. Of course, the worst-case scenario is that you’ll discover the need to repair or even replace your heating system – something you definitely don’t want to once fall arrives in earnest.

Offseason Maintenance Can Save You Money, Too

Another big advantage of taking care of your heating maintenance in the summer is that you’ll enjoy peak efficiency and performance from day one of heating season. On average, your furnace or boiler will lose about five percent efficiency each year it is not properly maintained. If you’ve skipped a few years, that can have a big impact on your monthly energy bills. The sooner you get your equipment maintained, the sooner you’ll benefit from the energy savings.

Heating Maintenance: Get It Out of the Way

Many advantages come with maintaining your heating system while the weather is warm – you’ll save money on energy bills, enjoy more convenient service times, and get access to better deals if you need to replace your system. It’s a COMPLETE no-brainer – give Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling a call today and let’s get you scheduled.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling technicians will help you get the most from your heating system without compromising your comfort. Contact us today to learn more about Needham Oil Heating Service Plans for your oil and propane equipment, A/C or heat pump!

home efficiency massachusettsDid you know that air conditioning accounts for nearly half the energy your home uses during the summer – more than any other appliance or system? The good news, if you’re a conscientious energy user, is that there are ways to chip away at that number.

Here are seven energy-saving tips to get you started.

  1. Check air filters regularly – Check your filters about once a month, cleaning or replacing them (depending on the model) as needed. A clogged air filter can reduce A/C efficiency by 10 to 15 percent, and will eventually lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment.
  2. Inspect your ductwork – Look for obvious air leaks in visible ducts, especially around seals between sections. Just remember: most of your ductwork is behind the walls, so consider a professional duct inspection about once every five years.
  3. Keep reasonable temperatures – With a central air conditioner, every degree you drop your thermostat below 75 degrees could cause you to use three to five percent more energy. The good news is that the reverse is also true. For the best balance of comfort and economy, shoot for a summertime indoor temperature of about 78 degrees. Use your programmable or smart thermostat to adjust temperatures when you’re sleeping or out of the house, too.
  4. Re-think your window treatments – About 75 percent of the energy from sunlight that enters you home is retained as heat. In the hot summer months, consider hanging window treatments that reflect rather than absorb light and heat (for more efficiency tips using window treatments, see the U.S. Department of Energy website).
  5. Keep air moving – Airflow is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of energy efficiency – it helps keep you feeling cooling while also keeping humidity under control. Keep air moving throughout your home by:
    • Making sure that vents in rooms you’re using are open and not blocked by furniture, rugs or drapes.
    • Installing an attic ventilator fan to draw cool air throughout the house.
    • Supplementing your air conditioning with ceiling fans (moving air feels cooler, so you’ll be able to keep temperatures a little warmer with no loss in comfort).
  6. Maintain your equipment – Your cooling equipment will lose about five percent efficiency every year that it’s not serviced – which means that professional cooling maintenance will basically pay for itself in lower cooling bills alone. It will also help keep your A/C running more reliably.
  7. Upgrade older equipment – Big box stores may seem like they’re giving you a good deal, but a qualified home cooling technician will do the little things that will help your system deliver value – and better performance – year after year. They’ll also know the ins and outs on tax credits, incentives, and manufacturer’s rebates, so they’ll be able to steer you in the direction of better deals on ENERGY STAR®-certified equipment. Look for HVAC pros that offer in-person evaluations – not just formulas – if you want to get the most energy bang for your buck.

Summer’s in full swing – is your air conditioner COMPLETELY ready for all the heat that’s coming our way? If it isn’t, contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Middlesex and Norfolk counties, MA. If your cooling system breaks down, we’ve got you covered with quality central A/C, ductless A/C and heat pump installations, too.