How long do you think the average aboveground heating oil tank lasts? A typical, well-maintained tank can last for 25 years or more. We’ve even seen tanks function in good condition for well over 30 years!
This is excellent news for homeowners in Needham Heights and throughout Eastern Massachusetts who depend on heating oil for warmth. But just because a fuel tank has a long lifespan doesn’t mean that you should ignore it. If your heating oil tank becomes corroded and spills fuel, you could find yourself with an expensive, disruptive clean-up and environmental remediation job.
Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling is happy to inspect your home heating oil tank, repair it if needed and replace it when the time comes for a fuel storage upgrade.
The primary cause of heating oil tank failures is internal corrosion. Moisture can form on the inside of your tank. This water will settle on the tank’s bottom, where it can create a sludgy mess full of sediment and pernicious micro-organisms. These agents will eat away at the inside of your tank, leading to fuel leaks.
One of the best ways to slow internal corrosion is to keep your heating oil tank full during the warmer months. Less empty space in the tank means less condensation and less water to foster corrosive elements.
Internal corrosion is hard to see with the naked eye. That said, you are the first line of defense against a tank failure in your own home. So, we recommend you check your heating oil tank at least once a year.
Here are some key points to inspect:
If you see any issues on your visual inspection, contact your heating oil company right away.
Our trained and seasoned heating oil professionals know exactly what to look for when it comes to tank corrosion. We can perform a thorough inspection and determine the condition of your heating oil tank. We may be able to repair the issue for you. However, if your tank needs to be retired, we can replace it quickly, safely and with a much better model.
The new, state-of-the-art oil tanks we install have weld-free galvanized steel, double-walled construction, leak-prevention features and amazing warranties. They come in compact shapes and sizes to save you space in your basement, too.
Get in touch with the Needham Oil team to arrange a heating oil tank assessment.
Let’s be honest: the last few years have been rough for consumers in Newton and across Eastern Massachusetts. Whether at the gas pump, in the grocery aisle or sitting at your kitchen table and opening a utility bill, you’ve probably faced more than your fair share of sticker shock.
Unfortunately, heating oil has not been immune to the price surges in all energy sources — and all products, really. We can report that heating oil prices are markedly lower now than they were at their painful heights in 2022. Even so, we appreciate that Needham Oil customers want some sense of stability with a fuel that faces regular market fluctuations.
Here’s a rundown of what influences heating oil prices and a few ways we can help.
Traditional heating oil is a distillate of crude oil, which means that its price is tied to the ups and downs of global energy markets. There are a decent number of international factors that have impacted heating oil prices in recent years. These include the following:
Then, there’s the demand component. Almost all the heating oil usage in the U.S. happens in the Northeast. So, if there’s a sustained cold snap or blizzard in our part of the country, demand rises — and prices do, too.
Finally, operational expenses can affect heating oil prices. These variables include transportation, storage and delivery costs. At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we work hard to maintain stable supplies and run our operations smartly so we can keep these expenses low.
There are some simple, effective ways to save money on your heating costs that won’t adversely affect your winter comfort.
When you use heating oil to stay comfortable in the winter, most of your fuel expenses occur in a few frigid months. Needham Oil customers can stabilize their billing and slash their winter expenses with our SmartPay budget plan. We’ll spread your heating oil costs over the course of the year. You’ll always know exactly how much your fuel costs will be, even if you need two deliveries in one month.
If you’re interested in discussing ways to lower your heating oil expenses, please reach out to the Needham Oil team today.
Have you recently purchased a home with radiators, floorboards or radiant floor heating? Is this your first time owning and maintaining a boiler system? If so, you might have some questions about the efficiency of boilers. Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling has been safeguarding the comfort of households throughout Eastern Massachusetts since 1872. We can help you ensure top efficiency from your heating oil or gas boiler.
Essentially, a boiler is a box for heating water. A boiler system uses your home’s plumbing instead of ductwork to heat your home. The boiler uses an oil or gas-fired burner to heat water, and then either steam or hot water travels throughout your home. Radiators, baseboards or radiant floor systems heat up and raise the temperature of your rooms.
As the steam or hot water cools, it condenses and returns to your boiler, and the cycle continues until your home is at the temperature you want.
In their modern form, boilers have been around since the 19th century. Technologically, they have advanced quite a bit, and they have some significant advantages for home heating.
There are also some drawbacks to boilers.
Today’s boilers are efficient products for keeping your home warm. Depending on your fuel source and the age of your equipment, your boiler could have an efficiency rating as high as 90%, meaning almost none of your fuel is wasted in the combustion process.
However, high-efficiency gas furnaces can have higher efficiency ratings — as high as 98.5%.
While it’s always possible to make the change from a boiler to a furnace, this is a pricy and disruptive process, requiring the updating and removal of plumbing and the installation of ductwork.
At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we can help you get peak performance and efficiency from a boiler system.
Have you been maintaining your boiler system effectively? Annual boiler maintenance will keep your system running efficiently and lower the chance of a breakdown. Our technicians can help with a service visit.
Is your boiler older than 15 years? You’re likely missing out on efficient technologies that will boost your home comfort while lowering your energy spending. Talk to us about our high-efficiency boilers. We have boiler installations down to a science and can minimize the disruption to your daily life.
Looking for an A/C upgrade? You don’t need to install ductwork. Talk to us about our efficient, long-lasting ductless air conditioning solutions that work in tandem with your boiler system.
Ready to start exploring ways to improve your home’s HVAC performance? Contact the Needham Oil team today.
There’s no good part of the year to spend too much money, but this can be an especially inconvenient time. We’ve just finished the expensive, stressful holiday season, and tax time is right around the corner. Home heating makes up a significant portion of your home’s energy use — there are several ways to reduce spending there.
Try these five tips to lower the billing associated with your home’s furnace.
It’s important to check your air filter once a month during the peak heating and cooling seasons. These filters catch dust, debris, bacteria and other airborne pollutants. Checking them to ensure they aren’t clogged will improve your system’s airflow and reduce how often your furnace needs to cycle. Your air filter is located either on the side of your furnace or behind a return-air vent. If it’s dirty, you can either clean it (if it’s reusable) or replace it. Disposable air filters are typically inexpensive and available at most home stores.
You can reduce your home heating and cooling costs by up to 10% by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its standard setting for 8 hours a day. A programmable thermostat can help. You can present these adjustments for when you’re asleep or out of the house.
For more efficiency, you can upgrade to a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. These products make their own energy-saving adjustments when you aren’t home.
Want to reduce how often your furnace needs to cycle during the day? Don’t forget there’s a fantastic source of home heat right outside your window. Open up your curtains or blinds and let the sunshine in! This simple action will brighten up your home and warm up your rooms for free!
To ensure the best sunshine in your home, trim back any branches that might obstruct your free light and heat.
One of the most important HVAC investments you can make is to arrange annual service for your furnace. In Medfield and across eastern Massachusetts, the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team provides attentive, affordable furnace maintenance. When you service your equipment each year, you’ll enjoy the following advantages:
Want to guarantee that your furnace will always get the maintenance it needs? You can protect it with one of our service plans. They all include a complimentary service visit, plus discounts on parts and labor for repairs, priority emergency service and loyalty credits.
If your furnace is over a decade old, it could have lost a significant amount of efficiency, and you won’t be taking advantage of high-efficiency technologies from the last few years. Come to Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling to discuss a new furnace installation. Upgrading to new equipment will lower your winter fuel costs and boost your family’s comfort.
Do you need to set up a service visit for your furnace? Contact our team to arrange your appointment.
Countless households in Norfolk and Middlesex counties rely on heating oil systems to stay warm when temperatures outside are icy-cold. Heating oil is up to the task, generating roughly 138,500 Btu of heat energy per gallon.
At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we often speak to homeowners who are concerned about the stability of their heating oil, especially when temperatures plunge in our part of New England. We’re more than happy to offer some clarity on this subject.
When temperatures reach the frigid level of 16°F, heating oil can begin to solidify. However, it does not freeze like water. Instead, it gradually thickens and transforms into a viscous waxy sludge, a process known as “gelling.”
Unfortunately, gelling heating oil can pose a significant risk to your home’s heating system. Here are some of the ways your equipment is negatively impacted:
Firstly, be aware that gelling in heating oil is more of a risk when your fuel tank is located outdoors or in an uninsulated space that gets cold frequently. Most of today’s heating oil tanks are in basements that receive at least some heating in the winter, keeping them consistently warmer than the “gel point” of heating oil.
It is also crucial that you never tamper or make alterations to your oil tank, furnace or boiler. This can create safety issues in your home. If you suspect that your heating oil is at risk of gelling, reach out to the Needham Oil team, and we can help.
Here are some of the ways that HVAC companies help people prevent cold-weather issues with heating oil:
Whether you need to replace an old, failing heating oil tank or are looking for dependable automatic heating oil delivery , Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling has you covered. We deliver high-quality Bioheat® fuel, which lowers your home’s carbon footprint while slowing wear and tear on your equipment and extending its service life.
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Have you recently moved into a home with a heating oil system? If you’ve never been in an oil-heated home before, you might have questions about when to order fuel.
The good news is that heating oil offers just about the most robust heat generation of any fuel. But you must maintain a full heating oil tank to keep this warmth flowing through a frigid Massachusetts winter.
At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we typically advise our “Will Call” customers to reach out to us when their heating oil tank is around one-quarter full. Waiting longer than that could result in an unexpected and unwelcome run-out.
Not sure how much fuel is in your tank? Checking the gauge is simple. You will find it on top of the heating oil tank. It’s a glass or plastic vial with markings like a car’s gas meter — F, ¾, ½ and ¼. A marker or float rests in the vial, and its position tells you how full your oil tank is. If the float in your gauge is at or near the bottom of the vial (or you can’t see it at all), your tank is empty or close to it. Contact us right away for a refill.
We don’t need to tell you that the winters in Middlesex and Norfolk County can get downright glacial. Your boiler or furnace will be working hard to keep your family warm on these freezing days and nights. What will that mean for your heating oil consumption?
Several factors affect how much oil you will use:
During a period of sustained freezing temperatures, you might find yourself contacting us for a heating oil delivery every three weeks or so. You can also avoid all the uncertainty by signing up for FREE automatic delivery.
When you sign up for our automatic heating oil delivery schedule, the Needham Oil team handles all the planning. Our computerized system accounts for all the factors listed above — including current weather conditions — to determine when you’ll likely need more heating fuel. Then, we schedule your delivery well in advance. There’s no cost for this service, and it takes all the stress out of tracking your heating oil in winter.
If you haven’t arranged your start-of-winter tank fill yet, contact our friendly, professional team today.
When was the last time you thought about your home’s water heater? Often, homeowners only consider the status of their hot water system when their showers start running cold. But the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that water heaters account for about 18% of a home’s energy use.
If yours is reaching the end of its lifespan (typically around 8 to 12 years), the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team can help. We perform countless water heater installations in Middlesex and Norfolk Counties. Here’s a rundown of some of your water heater replacement options.
When most people envision a water heater, they think of these storage tank models. Traditional water heaters have a tank that’s typically in the range of 36 to 46 gallons for a single-family home. The unit keeps this tank of water heated for use throughout the house.
Storage tank water heaters are generally the most affordable hot water systems to install. However, they are less efficient than some other systems because they heat water regardless of whether you need it. The extra energy heating unused water is called a “standby loss.”
Indirect-fired water heaters heat water from a coil that passes through your home’s boiler. These systems require a boiler and can be expensive to install. With that said, indirect-fired water heaters have significant benefits, like an extremely long lifespan. When you pair an indirect-fired water heater with high-efficiency oil-fired heating equipment, you can get some of the lowest-cost hot water possible!
You can ditch the storage tank altogether with an on-demand hot water system. Tankless systems heat water whenever a hot-water fixture or appliance needs it.
Tankless systems have considerable benefits, even though they tend to have higher upfront costs than traditional water heaters. You can enjoy virtually unlimited hot water on demand, even when you’re running a shower and dishwasher simultaneously. Also, you avoid the “standby losses” that come with heating and reheating a tank of water. This energy efficiency (up to 34% more efficient than storage tank units, according to the DOE) will lower your operating costs and quickly recoup the extra installation expense.
One of the newest hot water products is the hybrid water heater. These electric systems use heat pump technology to move heat from one place to another instead of generating it like a traditional water heater. However, these units automatically switch to standard electric resistance heat when there’s higher-than-normal demand in your home.
The DOE has found that heat pump water heaters are two to three times more efficient than traditional products. Many have additional settings to monitor hot water usage and make energy-saving adjustments.
When you choose Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling for your water heater replacement, you can feel confident that the job will be done right. We guarantee all our work. Our team of expert technicians is available for years to come when you need water heater maintenance or repairs.
We want to help you find the perfect water heater for your home and family. Contact us for a FREE estimate.
What would happen if you drove your car for an entire year without getting its oil changed or having a tune-up? The chance that you’d break down on the highway would increase substantially. Your gas mileage would likely suffer, and your vehicle would experience faster wear and tear.
Your car and your home’s boiler have more in common than you think. You need both to operate well. Both have complex mechanical and electrical components that can wear down and break. And both require service once a year from a trained professional.
Getting yearly boiler maintenance pays off in many ways, including the following:
We generally advise our customers in Norfolk and Middlesex counties to arrange heating system maintenance when they don’t need their boilers to stay comfortable. Summer is ideal for boiler service, but it’s not too late to schedule a service appointment this fall and ensure your boiler works well as winter arrives.
When you contact us in the fall for maintenance, we can typically find a convenient appointment time more easily since our technicians won’t be fielding lots of no-heat emergency requests.
If you want 100% confidence in your home’s boiler, we recommend protecting it with a Needham Oil service plan. This affordable coverage comes with complementary annual maintenance for your heating system. You’ll also receive 24-hour priority emergency service, discounted (or FREE) repairs and diagnostics, and generous loyalty credits.
Having a service plan with us means that your boiler will receive maintenance to sustain its performance and efficiency, and should you need a repair, it won’t break the bank.
The Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team is here to enhance your home comfort this winter. Arrange boiler service today.
Heating system efficiency is a serious concern in Needham, Framingham, Medfield, Wayland and other Massachusetts communities we serve. Our customers want to know they can keep their families warm and comfortable when a harsh nor’easter blows in and the temperatures stay stubbornly below freezing.
Many Needham Oil customers depend on oil-fired furnaces for heat in the winter, and we are happy to say that these heating systems provide excellent bang for your energy buck!
If you’re interested in heating efficiency, you might have heard the term AFUE, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This number tells you how well a heating system converts fuel into heat. In this sense, it’s a bit like your vehicle’s miles-per-gallon.
AFUE is expressed as a percentage. In a heating system with 84 AFUE, 84 percent of the heating oil consumed goes to heating the home. The rest is lost.
Today’s oil-fired furnaces have AFUE ratings between 84 percent and 90 percent.
However, a furnace that is over a decade old may have lost much of its efficiency over time. Your old furnace could be reduced to an AFUE in the low 60s. As you can imagine, arranging an oil furnace replacement — and improving your AFUE by 30 percent — can do wonders for lowering fuel usage.
Are you thinking of switching from heating oil to another heating fuel? Before spending a lot of money on a home conversion, it’s important to look at the relative effectiveness of different energy sources at generating heat.
You get a lot of comfort for your energy dollar with heating oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, you can generate about 138,500 British thermal units (Btu) with one gallon of heating oil. By comparison, here’s what you’d need to produce that same amount of heating energy from other sources:
When the mercury plummets in our part of New England, heating oil is a reliable source of robust heat.
For over 150 years, the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team has kept households safe and warm in Norfolk and Middlesex counties. We want you to get the best, most affordable heat from your heating oil furnace.
The best way to keep your heating system’s efficiency up and your fuel bills down is with annual furnace maintenance. Trust our licensed technicians to inspect, calibrate, clean and test your furnace this fall. We’ll get it running at peak performance before winter arrives.
Even better, you can guarantee your furnace’s performance with one of our affordable, comprehensive Heating Plans. With your heating system protected, you’ll receive FREE annual maintenance, priority emergency service and discounts on needed repairs. We also offer Loyalty Credits for enrollment, which you can put towards heating system upgrades!
Needham Oil customers know they can enjoy top-tier comfort without breaking the bank. Contact us to learn more.
When driving past a gas station in Framingham, Holliston, Watertown, Brookline, Norfolk or another part of our service region, do you check out the fuel prices? If the price is low, doesn’t it make sense to top off your tank and save a few bucks?
The same is true of heating oil.
We work daily at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling to secure the best possible prices from our heating oil suppliers. We also keep our operating costs low and pass these savings on to our customers.
We can also help you order fuel in the smartest way possible to save money and ensure uninterrupted comfort.
Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to arrange a heating oil delivery during warmer months. Heating oil prices tend to dip somewhat in summer when demand is lower. (As we’ll discuss later, residential demand is not the only factor affecting fuel prices.)
You can be confident that the Needham Oil delivery team will get to you fast in warmer months because we’re receiving far fewer calls for fuel.
Another benefit to filling your oil tank in warmer weather is slowing internal corrosion. The leading cause of heating oil tank failure is corrosion. When your tank sits nearly empty for multiple hot weeks, condensation can form inside it. This water settles at the bottom of the tank, fostering sediment, bacteria and other harmful agents.
And you don’t need to worry about your heating oil “going bad” in warm weather. It has a shelf life of 18 and 24 months.
Many variables affect heating oil prices, and most are outside the control of local companies who deliver it. Heating oil is a product derived from crude. That makes it vulnerable to global oil markets, which have been rocked in recent years by supply chain issues, COVID-related refinery slowdowns, OPEC production cuts and military conflicts.
Seasonal demand in the Northeast (which accounts for about 90 percent of the country’s home heating usage) also plays a part. An icy winter in part of New England can cause price increases all over the region.
Please understand that Needham Oil does not make more money when prices increase. We’re as hopeful as you for heating oil rates to stay low.
Needham Oil may not be able to change global energy markets, but we have ways to make your bills more predictable and lower your winter fuel expenses. With our free SmartPay Plan , you don’t have to pay in full for each delivery. We will calculate your anticipated annual heating oil costs and then divide them into 12 equal monthly payments. You’ll pay the same amount each month, and your winter bills will be cut virtually in half.
You don’t pay more for your heating oil with SmartPay. At the end of the program year, we will settle your account. If you have a credit balance, we apply it to your next year. Any debit balances must be paid. In the end, you won’t pay a penny more than the cost of the fuel you received on the dates it was delivered.
If you haven’t filled your heating oil tank yet, fall is still a great time to do it. Reach out to us to order fuel.