Cubby Lets You Know!

heat pump efficiency massachusettsAre you considering a new heating system for your home? If so, you may have heard some buzz about heat pumps, in the belief that using electricity for home heating is better than using heating oil.

You may want to take a closer look at heat pumps. One disadvantage of heat pumps is that they rely on outdoor air temperatures to work. When it gets close to freezing, the heater will exhaust more energy and still not effectively warm up your home. The average low temperature in greater Boston in January is 23˚ Fahrenheit. And a visit from the polar vortex can send temperatures plunging much lower. Heat pumps aren’t going to be very effective in these situations.

That’s why so many homes with heat pumps need backup heating systems, like space heaters and furnaces or boilers. More energy is used, driving up heating costs even more.

But a boiler or furnace powered by Cubby’s B40 Bioheat Superplus™ keeps your home comfortably warm with outstanding energy efficiency.

Where Heat Pumps Are Effective

While heat pumps may not be a solution for heating your home, they can be outstanding in another way.

Ductless mini-splits use heat pump technology to keep your home cool. Cubby sells, installs, and services top-quality ductless mini-splits from Mitsubishi.

What kind of homes can use ductless mini-splits? Any kind!

If you live in a home without ductwork, you finally have an alternative between the huge expense of installing ductwork for central air conditioning and inefficient, unsightly, light-blocking window units.

If your home has central air conditioning but it does not reach certain areas of your home, like an addition or a finished sunroom, a ductless mini-split is an easy, cost-effective way to cool those spaces.

Ductless mini-splits offer other advantages. Installation can be much less than central air conditioning, especially when you factor in the cost of adding ductwork. You can zone your cooling for maximum energy efficiency. For example, you only run the mini-split in the living area where you are during the day and run the one in the sleeping area at night.

Contact us to learn more about adding ductless mini-splits to your home!

We Stand Behind All We Do!

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A business does not last for more than 70 years without a commitment to providing their customers with outstanding service.

Living up to that commitment every day is what makes Cubby stand head and shoulders above other heating oil and HVAC companies in greater Boston.

We are so confident in our products sand our certified service technicians that we back everything we do with our 100% Guarantee.

What Does the 100% Guarantee Mean?

Our 100% Guarantee means that you’ll get the very best from Cubby every time.

We promise 100% satisfaction with all new HVAC and comfort equipment we install. If you are unhappy with your new equipment or the installation in any way, we’ll make it right. We’ll fix it to your satisfaction or remove it and refund your money.

We promise that when you need equipment service, we’ll fix it right the first time. If the same part we worked on breaks within a year, we’ll repair it for FREE.

We promise that we will only fix or replace what is needed. We don’t push unnecessary parts or services. We value our long-lasting relationships with our customers.

We promise to respect your home and your time. If we are delayed in arriving for your service call and don’t let you know ahead of time, we’ll give you the first hour of service at no charge. While in your home, our service technicians are courteous and will clean up after themselves before leaving or we will send a cleaning service at our expense.

We promise that you’ll get the highest quality fuel 100% of the time. That’s because we ONLY deliver B40 Bioheat SuperPlus™, a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with 40% biodiesels that burns cleaner, dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, and reduces wear on your heating system.

Do you want quality service? Become a Cubby customer today!

A Cubby Hvac Expert Weighs In

heat pump installation massachusettsWith the recent push in Massachusetts and other states to have homes convert to electricity for home heating, some folks have been looking into heat pumps for their greater Boston homes.

An electric heat pump works by capturing heat from the air outside and transferring it into your home. Cubby service manager Paul Finnegan said that is why electric heat pumps are not a good idea for home heating here in New England.

“But when it’s really cold outside, there isn’t enough heat energy for the heat pump to keep your home comfortable,” he explained. “Older heat pumps can only supply heated air that’s 95˚. That’s colder than your body temperature!”

That’s why homes in our area with electric heat pumps need supplemental heating.

By contrast, furnaces and boilers using our B40 Bioheat SuperPlus™ gets your home warm better and faster than an electric heat pump ever will. It provides a reliable, even heat.

Where the heat pump model is most effective is in home cooling. Ductless mini-splits provide cooling in homes and spaces that don’t have the ductwork needed for central air conditioning. They’re much better than window units in every way. Window units are inefficient, noisy, have a shorter lifespan, can damage window frames, block light, and let in dust, pollen, and bugs.

We install, maintain, and repair top-quality Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits. They are quiet, energy efficient, unobtrusive, durable, and are operated by remote control. They also provide zoned cooling so you only cool the part of the house you’re using, which can save you big bucks on cooling energy costs.

Another bonus: They can provide supplemental heating for days where you need a little warmth but don’t want to turn on the furnace or boiler.

Want to add Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits to your home? Now is the time to do it because you may save thousands of dollars! We offer the largest Mass Save rebates, which can save you up to 25%! Qualifying customers get 0% financing for seven years. Your new mini-splits also come with a 12-year warranty and our 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Count on Cubby for all your home’s HVAC needs. Contact us for installation or service!

Stay Cool All Summer Long With Cubby!

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This summer is predicted to be hotter than normal here in greater Boston.

If that news has you looking with concern at your home’s air conditioning, don’t worry. There’s still time to make sure it can get through the summer and keep your home cool and comfy.

A maintenance tune-up from the certified, experienced service technicians at Cubby Oil will get your home’s A/C in tip-top shape for the summer!

Why Air Conditioning Maintenance Matters

A summer heatwave is the worst time for your air conditioning to break down. But an air conditioning tune-up now can prevent breakdowns, and the discomfort and costs that go with them.

Air conditioning makes up about half of your home’s energy costs in the summer. A well-maintained A/C runs at its best possible efficiency, helping to keep those energy costs under control without having to sacrifice comfort.

Here is some of what we do when we perform an annual tune-up on your central air conditioning system:

  • Test and check refrigerants for maximum efficiency
  • Inspect and clean condenser
  • Inspect and clean condensate piping and trap
  • Lubricate motors as needed
  • Inspect fan belt
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Perform a safety inspection of all operating controls
  • Change air filter
  • Check system operations and cooling temperatures

Annual preventative maintenance may help keep your central A/C warranty in effect, which may protect you from big repair bills down the road.

By giving your home’s air conditioning regular maintenance, you also help to extend its life expectancy. The national average cost to replace a central air conditioning system is $5,645. Taking care of your air conditioning allows you to make the most of your investment in your current A/C and put off as long as possible replacing it.

Contact us today to schedule a tune-up for your home’s A/C!

They Also Help Protect Against Big Repair Bills

hvac service tune-up massachusettsThe furnace or boiler in your greater Boston home is on its summer vacation. But it will be back to work eventually.

Make sure it’s ready for next winter by protecting it with a Cubby Oil service plan! Our affordable plans provide the protection of maintenance, and coverage of many parts and repairs.

Our service plans provide many benefits and are a great investment in one of the biggest investments in your home.

Your Heating System Is Maintained Properly

Every Cubby service plan includes an annual tune-up for your heating system That annual tune-up keeps your furnace or boiler in peak condition. Our certified and knowledgeable service technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and lubricate parts in your heating system, replacing any parts that a worn out.

An annual tune-up also gives Cubby service technicians the opportunity to discover any problems and fix them before they become worse. This can save you from breakdowns and large repair bills. Four out of five furnace and boiler breakdowns can be traced to a lack of maintenance.

You Save Money

Properly maintained heating systems operate at their best possible efficiency. That peak efficiency can cut your heating and cooling energy costs by 10%! When you consider that heating makes up close to half your home’s winter energy costs, those are some sweet savings!

A well-maintained furnace or boiler has a longer life expectancy than one that is not maintained, so you won’t have to replace yours as soon. You’ll get more from your investment.

If your equipment does need repairs, our service plans cover a wide range of parts, and offer discounts on others, helping to reduce your repair costs.

Protect Your Warranty

Most heating system manufacturers today have in their warranties a requirement that you have annual tune-up maintenance performed by a professional service technician. Our service plans can help keep your warranty in effect. That may protect you from repair costs down the road.

Contact us to learn more about and enroll in Cubby service plans!

Take Advantage Of This Great Opportunity From Cubby!

mini-split installation massachusettsThe recent heat wave here in greater Boston was a taste of what we’re going to be getting this summer.

If you don’t want to spend another summer without efficient cooling in your home, now is the time to act! Cubby is running a limited-time special on the installation of ductless mini-split air conditioning that can save you thousands now and down the road.

Cubby customers get the biggest Mass Save rebates available, which means you could get up to 25% off the purchase new ductless mini-splits. But that’s only the beginning! Qualified buyers can get 0% financing for seven years!

Getting your ductless mini-splits at Cubby also gives you a 12-year warranty, which is the longest available warranty. Your ductless mini-splits will be installed by our certified service technicians, and we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Why Choose Ductless Mini-Splits?

Do you use a boiler for home heating? If so, you likely do not have the ductwork needed to add central air conditioning.

You may believe you only have two unappealing solutions. The first is to spend thousands of dollars to add ductwork on top of the cost of adding central air conditioning. The second is using inefficient, unattractive, light-blocking window air conditioning units that inevitably let in dust, pollen, and bugs.

Cubby has an even better solution: installing ductless mini-splits!

Because ductless mini-splits do not need ductwork for home cooling, you save thousands of dollars and don’t have to deal the mess and upheaval of having to run ductwork throughout your home.

If you use window units, your energy costs will go way down. Ductless mini-splits use about 40% less energy than window units. Not only that, they last twice as long as window units so you will save money there as well.

Homes with central air conditioning can use ductless mini-splits in spaces such as finished attics and sunporches or home additions where the central A/C does not reach. The mini-splits help reduce the demand and wear on the central air conditioning.

This is a limited-time offer, so don’t wait! Contact us to get started on adding ductless mini-splits to your home.

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Cubby will help you stay cool this summer!

Are you looking forward to this summer as much as we are after this past year? There’s so much to look forward to: cookouts with family and friends, days at the beach, going to a game at Fenway, and relaxing at home.

Now is the time to ensure that your home’s central air conditioning or ductless mini-splits are up to the job of keeping your greater Boston home cool and comfortable by getting an annual air conditioning tune-up from Cubby! A tune-up is especially important this year because the summer is forecast to be hotter than normal, meaning your air conditioning will be working longer and harder.

The Benefits Of An Air Conditioning Tune-up

An annual tune-up is good for your air conditioning system, as well as your comfort and your wallet.

Cubby’s certified, experienced service technicians thoroughly inspect your air conditioning while performing the tune-up. If they discover problems, they can fix them before those problems become worse and lead to inefficiency, breakdowns, repair bills, or replacement costs.

A tune-up helps your air conditioning run at its peak efficiency, which keeps your energy costs as low as possible Annual preventative maintenance may also help keep your air conditioning’s warranty valid.

With regular professional maintenance from Cubby, you extend the life expectancy of your air conditioning and help to prevent breakdowns. Both of those can save you some big money. The national average cost of repairs for a central air conditioning system is $374, while the national average cost of replacing a central air conditioning system is $5,644.

What Does An HVAC Technician Do During A Tune-up?

Here are some of the things our service technicians do when we perform a maintenance tune-up on your central air conditioning system:

  • Test and check refrigerants for maximum efficiency
  • Inspect and clean the condenser
  • Inspect and clean the condensate piping and trap
  • Lubricate motors as needed
  • Inspect the fan belt
  • Check the thermostat for proper operation
  • Perform a safety inspection of all operating controls
  • Change the air filter
  • Check system operations and cooling temperatures

Some of the things we do when performing a tune-up of your ductless mini-splits include:

  • Inspect the drain hoses and remove any blockages
  • Look for and fix refrigerant leaks
  • Add refrigerant if needed
  • Clean coils and condenser
  • Inspect filters and replace if needed
  • Inspect all electrical connections and run capacitors

Do you need to replace your air conditioning, or want to add air conditioning to your home? Now is the time to do it! Cubby can help with rebates and financing that can save you some big bucks!

Give your home’s air conditioning what it needs to beat the heat. Contact us today to schedule an A/C maintenance tune-up!

Stay Comfortable And Save Money!

equipment service plan massachusettsYou may not think often about your home’s heating equipment. But when you’re facing a breakdown and big repair bills or replacement costs, it’s the only thing on your mind.

You can lower your risk of that while protecting your equipment and potentially extending its lifespan with an affordable Cubby Oil service plan!

Our affordable service plans provide value not only for the maintenance and repair of your furnace or boiler, but also in terms of energy efficiency. Regular maintenance keeps your equipment running at its best possible efficiency. That efficiency means that you’ll pay much less in energy costs than if your equipment isn’t maintained properly.

What You Get With A Cubby Oil Service Plan

An annual maintenance tune-up is a part of all our service plans, helping to protect your equipment and your bank account

A professionally tuned-up HVAC system or water heater runs at its best efficiency, saving you on energy costs. It also runs better so there’s less wear on the parts. A tune-up also gives our certified, knowledgeable, and experienced service technicians the opportunity to closely inspect your equipment and spot problems before they cause further damage or a breakdown, protecting you from higher repair costs.

Many equipment manufacturers require annual professional maintenance for their warranties. Having our service plans can help keep your warranties in effect, protecting you now and in the future.

If you do need repairs, a Cubby Oil service plan may help you save big bucks because many of your HVAC and water heater parts are covered.

You get peace of mind with a Cubby Oil service plan, knowing that your equipment is properly cared for, and that if you ever do need repairs, your repair bill will likely not be as big as it would be without a service plan.

While you may wonder about the costs of service plans, Cubby Oil service plans are not only affordable, but they can also help protect you from having to face replacing your equipment well before you were ready to. Here are some numbers that show how much that can cost you.

National average cost to install a furnace: $4,484

National average cost to install a boiler: $5,838

Cubby Oil service plans help your equipment last longer, with fewer breakdowns. You’ll get more for your money!

Protect your investments in your home and comfort. Contact us today to enroll in our service plans!

Dear Friends,

Climate change legislation is front and center as both our state legislature and federal government propose sweeping changes to our energy infrastructure and use. They have decided that electrifying everything is the only legitimate solution for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This conclusion, and the narrow pathway they plan to force on us, actually threaten our ability to achieve significant carbon reduction.

California has already figured this out. Its Low Carbon Fuel Standard has been one of the most successful GHG reduction strategies implemented. But success thus far hasn’t come from electrification. Almost 80% of the emissions reductions have come by expanding the use of liquid renewable fuels like the Bioheat we sell.

By contrast, Massachusetts seems intent on putting all of our eggs into one basket. The problem is that the basket is not nearly big enough, it’s ridiculously expensive, and it’s fragile.

Massachusetts’s goal is to power 100% of our electric grid with renewable resources like wind and solar by 2040. A view of the facts suggests a different outcome.

  • In 2019, renewable sources accounted for only 9.4% of the electricity consumed here in New England. But even this low number is misleading. On a cold February day this year, the renewable percentage dropped to just 1%, because renewables have the hardest time generating electricity in winter. Now factor in that electricity demand is going to grow as the government forces or subsidizes the use of electricity in cars, buses, home and commercial building heating, etc. How will we wean ourselves off of a dirty electric grid when we keep increasing the grid load?
  • People will push back against the huge increases in costs and restrictions on choice, which will arise from these plans. Electric rates are bound to surge because of required infrastructure investments. Carbon taxes will be levied to push people away from oil and natural gas. Those with the least disposable income will get hit the worst. The grid, which is already fragile, will break down more, leaving thousands of people without heat periodically. It doesn’t take a fortune teller to see that at some point, politicians will start feeling so much pressure they will derail the plan.

I am extremely concerned about climate change and the future of our planet.

I don’t think we have the time or money to waste chasing this pipe dream. A varied path to carbon reduction stands a much better chance of reaching our goals. Renewable fuels like the Bioheat SuperPlus we deliver reduce GHG emissions by 40% right now, with even more reductions on the way. We achieve these reductions for pennies per gallon versus the $20,000+ cost of a whole-home conversion to heat pumps. We don’t require carbon taxes to induce people to use our product and unlike heat pumps, our equipment actually keeps you warm. Also, with fuels like the ones we deliver, you will continue to have access to the personalized customer service that companies like ours deliver every day.

Despite all this, we seem to have no ticket to the clean energy future they envision. Unless common sense prevails, it’s hard to see that future becoming a reality.

Call me if you’d like to discuss any of this. My line is always open.


We expect a surge in calls for A/C installations this season as COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease. There are bound to be delays, especially since limited supply may not be able to keep up with pent-up demand. Don’t miss out! Secure your comfort now by getting a quote on a super-efficient mini-split ductless heat pump system.

These units come with a 12-year warranty and are perfect for:

  • homes without ducts
  • replacing old, noisy window units
  • rooms that are hard to cool
  • supplemental heating

Only Cubby customers get:

  • the biggest Mass Save rebates: save up to 25%
  • 0% financing for 7 years
  • longest possible warranty: 12 years!
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Contact us for guaranteed cool savings and comfort this summer!