home air cleaner massachusettsIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to your home’s air purity, which ties to the health and comfort of your family. Understanding and mitigating indoor pollutants can help curb the risk of health issues, as there are both short- and long-term dangers posed by poor air quality in your house. Cubby Oil has the answers.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors; the air in your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Also, EPA studies have shown, sometimes the levels of certain hazardous indoor air pollutants can be up to 70 times greater than levels outside.

Cubby provides state-of-the-art IAQ equipment fitting all budgets. As more of us are spending more time at home, products maintaining great air quality have become an essential part of modern life more than ever before.

As a leader in IAQ product installation and service, Cubby is committed to keeping the air in your home clean and healthy. Some of the products we offer to help you clear the air, breathe easier and gain peace of mind in your sanctuary … your home … include whole-house humidifiers and air cleaners, ultraviolet-light air purifiers, and ventilation systems.

Energy-efficient homes nicely keep heated or cooled air inside, but can also trap stale, contaminated air inside. A ventilating system can curb the problem and freshen your home’s airflow for your family. Ventilators expel dangerous gases by swapping clean outdoor air. A huge bonus is that this exchange results in no loss of heated or cooled air; therefore, no energy flies out the window, so to speak.

Cubby Stands by Our Work

One of the many benefits of choosing Cubby for your IAQ needs is our pledge to 100% satisfy our customers. Other companies may talk about good service, but we offer the Cubby guarantee: If you’re displeased with our IAQ work for any reason, we will adapt it to your liking or remove it and refund your money. We also value your time. If we are delayed for a scheduled service call and fail to provide a heads up, the first hour of service will be on us. We also leave your home as clean as we found it or send in a cleaning service, also paid by us.

To test and freshen your home’s air quality as needed, please contact us today to learn how Cubby can protect the health of you and your family.

Feel the Bioheat!

heating fuel options massachusettsBiodiesel is a cleaner alternative to traditional heating oil and natural gas. The environmental benefits are significant. Using more Bioheat reduces greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, air pollution and help make our communities healthier. Made from renewable and organic sources, biodiesel lowers the carbon content of heating oil. Research by leading authorities such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Air Resource Board indicates that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions (sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide) from 50% to 86% compared to traditional heating oil or diesel fuel.

Bioheat is a fuel made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a renewable energy resource made in America from soy, other vegetable oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and other natural sources. By burning cleaner, bioheat typically also extends the life of heating equipment, which means that less furnaces and boilers will end up in a landfill.

Why choose Cubby’s Bioheat SuperPlus™?

Cubby Oil exclusively delivers our patented, groundbreaking ultra-low-sulfur B50 Bioheat SuperPlus™ mixture of fuel to homes in the Boston area. It will keep you warm at night and provide peace of mind as you help curb climate change. The “B” connotes the percentage of renewable biodiesel used. Cubby blends renewable biodiesel at a 50 percent clip, hence the B50 name, far exceeding its competitors, which use only 2 or 3 percent.

While the average cost of converting to an electric air-source heat pump system in Massachusetts is more than $21,000, Bioheat SuperPlus™ offers you a heat source that is both higher in efficiency, and affordability in comparison, with no need for system modifications. If your home uses regular fuel oil at the moment, it can use Bioheat SuperPlus™ right away.

The heating oil industry is committed to reducing carbon emissions with cleaner, renewable fuels. Read all about how Bioheat SuperPlus™ is the pathway to net-zero here.

Finally, the use of renewable fuels cuts reliance on imported oil and supports American energy security.

So there is a difference. This isn’t your grandfather’s home-heating oil. Help reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality and make a wise financial decision for your most valuable possession: your home.

If you seek more information, please discover the myriad benefits of our services on our website or give us a call.

Why Bioheat® Fuel Is Greener Than Electricity

fuel carbon emissions massachusettsRecently, there’s been a misguided effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making homes and businesses convert their heating to electric-powered heating systems. But why would you switch to a less-efficient heating fuel when there are safe and clean-burning fuels to help keep your home and family comfortable, even on the coldest nights?

We’re all in favor of combatting climate change. We just don’t believe that going all-electric is the best option. The problem is, more than 90% of the coal used in the United States goes towards electricity production. In addition to deforestation by mining and greenhouse gas emissions from combustion, the burning of coal is also responsible for a significant percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. Even if renewable power is available, the U.S. is not close to meeting its goal yet; there’s still not a viable way to store enough solar and wind power to keep things running. So we’re still stuck with environmentally destructive forms of electricity, and until that changes, heating with electricity cannot be considered the best option.

What Makes Bioheat Fuel Different?

Thanks to advancements in recent years, heating oil is a much cleaner product than in the past. One of the biggest changes in heating oil in recent years has been the development of ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and biofuels. Biofuels are made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and plant oils such as soybean.

When ULSHO is mixed with biofuels, it creates a cleaner-burning heating fuel that emits up to 80% less sulfur dioxide as well as 20% less carbon dioxide than traditional heating oils. Fewer greenhouse gases mean cleaner air and a more sustainable future for everyone! As Bioheat fuel continues to have a higher blend of biofuel, its clean-burning properties make it a more environmentally friendly option for heating than electricity.

Cubby is proud to be the only Boston-area company that delivers B50 Bioheat SuperPlus. A lot of companies deliver heating oil with lower blends of Bioheat. The B50 Bioheat fuel we deliver means that GHG emissions are cut by 40% immediately.

It’s More Cost Efficient, Too

Converting to an electric heating system can cost thousands of dollars. You don’t have to replace, alter, or add to your home’s heating system to use Bioheat fuel. It works like traditional heating oil, but because Bioheat fuel burns cleaner, it leaves fewer deposits in your heating system, which reduces wear on parts and saves you costs on repairs.

Also, when your heating system runs more efficiently, it will save you money on energy costs.

Why You Can Rely on Us

There’s a lot of things we can’t control—the weather, the price of fuel. But we can do our best to make every one of our customers feel important and confident about their home comfort, and feel good about their carbon footprint. It’s how we’ve built our business and how we plan to keep it. Let us know how we can help.

new home heating massachusettsWhen homebuying in the Northeast, an oil-heated house is a popular choice. The age of homes and the rocky ground make natural-gas pipelines less prevalent here. Heating oil is desirable because it is cost-effective, efficient and extremely safe. If you’re house-hunting in the Boston area and find your dream home heated by oil, Cubby Oil & Energy is a full-service provider that will keep your family safe and warm. Read on to learn about the benefits of oilheat!

Cool the Heating Costs

Because of its ability to generate so much heat per gallon, heating oil is extremely cost-effective. Oil prices have fallen drastically over the past decade, and as a homeowner, you can price compare between different suppliers. This competition keeps oil prices as low as possible.
Whether you wish to use oil heating as a primary or secondary heating source, a home fueled by oil will be cheaper to keep warm than most alternative heating options.

Efficiency Matters

On average, heating oil burns about 16% more efficiently than gas. Efficiency ratings of new oil-heat appliances range from 83% to 95% and can have an average life expectancy of 30-plus years if they are properly maintained vs. 11-14 years for a gas furnace. Upgrading your heating oil equipment to a more energy-efficient system pays for itself over a short period, adds value to a home and provides more efficient residential warmth than gas. The hot-water recovery rate of an oil-fueled water heater is twice as fast as a gas water heater. Plus, heating oil creates 140,000 BTUs of heat per gallon while a gallon equivalent of natural gas produces 100,000 BTUs; you burn approximately 40% more natural gas to receive the same measure of heating.

Safe Home, Happy Home

Home heating oil can only be ignited by an advanced burning system in your oil burner or furnace. If you drop a match into the oil that heats your home, it will go out, as if dropped into water!

Unlike natural gas, fuel oil is not explosive, and inhalation of fuel oil fumes is not fatal. The possibility of carbon monoxide entering the home from an oil burner is very low. If you have a systemic malfunction, an oil-heating system provides clear signs such as smoke, odors or even soot before releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Gas heating systems give you no warning of carbon monoxide production or release. Heating oil is often referred to as the “safer” house heating method.

Still on the fence?

Trust the experienced team at Cubby Oil & Energy to field your questions about buying a new oil-heated home. With decades of experience, we provide the highest quality of heating-oil knowledge, delivery services and more in the Boston area. Contact Cubby today!

Learn All the Benefits of Automatic Deliveries

oil delivery massachusettsThere’s a lot going on these days, so it’s easy to forget little tasks like checking the fuel gauge on your oil tank. Unfortunately, running out of heating oil is not a small problem. 

The most obvious consequence, of course, is being without heat in the middle of winter. Then there’s having to pay for an emergency fill-up. And what if you run out of fuel while you’re away and temperatures plummet? You’ll have to deal with cleanup and repairs from frozen pipes.

Imagine a solution that would take that tiny to-do off your list for good, and at the same time eliminate all those big worries. Cubby’s automatic delivery service is a free and easy way to make your life just a little easier this winter.

The Benefits of Automatic Deliveries

The main benefit of automatic deliveries is that you don’t need to remember to schedule heating oil deliveries. We use a proven industry method to calculate your fuel use (not a crystal ball). We work with a computer algorithm based on your past usage and average temperatures to make sure we fill your tank on time. Usually, that’s when your tank is about one-quarter full.

With automatic deliveries, not only do you eliminate the worry of running out of fuel, you will
avoid the expense and hassle of having your system primed for restart—something that is required after a run-out.

Another nice benefit? Customers signed up for automatic deliveries are eligible to sign up for either our Capped or Fixed Oil Price Plans before winter arrives.

What’s in it for us? It makes things easier on our end too. We are better able to plan deliveries, using the most efficient routes. That saves time and money, savings we can pass on to you.

A fuel run-out can be more than a nuisance. It can be a very expensive mistake. With automatic delivery, you can drastically reduce the odds of having one while also saying goodbye to the hassles and headaches of managing your heating oil deliveries. What’s not to like?

Don’t risk a heating oil run-out – contact us to sign up for automatic deliveries from Cubby Oil & Energy today.

There Are so Many Reasons to Choose Cubby Oil & Energy

heating oil companyWhy choose Cubby? There’s a reason we’ve been around, serving eastern Massachusetts for more than 70 years. It starts with dependability. A key piece of how we achieve that is our team: dedicated and caring experts who are committed to providing you service that exceeds expectations every day.

If you have a problem, we’ll be here when you call and ready to fix it. And we stand behind our work: you can count on us for quality workmanship. We invest in training to ensure our technicians are fully certified to work on all makes and models of equipment.

At Cubby, it’s not just about breakdowns and emergencies: You can count on us for every-day needs, like on-time fuel deliveries, knowledgeable advice and ways to make your dollar go farther and provide you with long-term savings.

Serious About Service

Great service means we make it easy to do business with us with products and services that help you save money without sacrificing comfort.

You’ll never have to worry about not having enough heating oil in your tank. Our automatic delivery service means you don’t have to think about scheduling deliveries or worry about run-outs. Our track record for reliable supply and fair, transparent pricing has always been one of our strongest competitive advantages. We also offer budget-friendly payment options and Cap and Fixed Price plans to help you manage heating costs.

And our comprehensive service plans keep your equipment running efficiently, with fewer breakdowns. If you do need a repair, our highly trained technicians have the skills—and a truck loaded with parts—to handle most repairs in a single visit.

Committed to the Environment

One of the biggest changes in heating oil in recent years has been the development of ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Every gallon we deliver is a super-clean Bioheat fuel blend made with 20% biodiesel. Cubby is the only Boston-area company that delivers B50 Bioheat SuperPlus. A lot of companies deliver heating oil with lower blends of Bioheat. The B50 Bioheat fuel we deliver means that GHG emissions are cut by 40% immediately.

Reduced sulfur content also means fuel that’s kinder to your equipment. There’s less sediment, fewer clogs and far fewer breakdowns. It means you’re heating your home with a fuel that’s cleaner than natural gas.
Don’t forget the bottom line: Ultra-low sulfur heating oil burns more efficiently, which helps you keep heating costs down and gives you more value per gallon for your dollar.

Why You Can Rely on Us

There’s a lot of things we can’t control—the weather, the price of fuel. But we can do our best to make every one of customers feel important and confident about their home comfort. It’s how we’ve built our business and how we plan to keep it. Let us know how we can help.

A heating system can be quite intimidating, particularly for the new homeowner. Do I have a furnace or boiler? What is the difference between a boiler and a furnace? Do I have steam heat or forced hot water heat? Is there anything I need to do to maintain my heating system? Do I have oil heat or gas heat? These are just some of the questions that any new home buyer might ask.

The following is a quick overview of different types of heating equipment for the first-time homebuyer. Let’s begin with the most basic question.

Oil or Gas Heat?

If you live in the Northeast there is almost a 50/50 chance of having one or the other. Look in your basement. Do you see a large storage tank with two pipes coming from the top of it? Do the pipes appear to go through the foundation or sill of the house to the outside? If you answered “yes”, you likely heat your home with oil.

Below is an example of a standard steel 275-gallon oil storage tank. Notice the two black iron pipes coming from the top of the oil tank. The pipe on the left connects directly to the oil tank and is called the fill pipe. The other pipe is called the vent pipe. It allows air to escape from the oil tank while it is being filled so the tank does not become over-pressurized. The blue-colored device that the vent pipe connects to is called the vent alarm. The vent alarm pictured happens to include a tank gauge located opposite the connecting black iron pipe.

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Does a Furnace or Boiler Heat My House?

A boiler is a heating plant that contains water. The burner provides a flame that heats the water to a high temperature so it can be sent to radiators, baseboard,s or a heating coil to provide warmth. There are two types of boilers. Forced hot water boilers heat water to between 170 degrees and 200 degrees and provide the homeowner with instant heat through a loop. In the below picture the boiler is the large two-toned blue-colored appliance while the oil burner is the small toaster-sized box connected to the bottom of the boiler. Notice the green-colored circulator pumps in the picture below. There are six circulator pumps. Each corresponds to a thermostat in the home and pumps hot water away from the boiler when the corresponding thermostat calls for heat.

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Steam boilers create steam as a heat source. Steam is supplied from the boiler to radiators as a vapor then cools and returns back to the boiler as a liquid. Notice the clear gauge glass on the front of the boiler. All steam boilers have this feature as it lets the homeowner know how much water is in the boiler. It is important that the water level in the steam boiler does not drop below 1/2 in the gauge glass. For safety purposes, if the water level approaches 1/4 the oil burner will not fire. Consequently, the boiler will not provide heat.

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A furnace supplies a home with “warm air” heat. Unlike a boiler, it does not contain any water. Rather, it brings unheated or cool air to it for warming using a blower and return ductwork. The cool air passes across a heat exchanger where it is warmed. The now warm air is distributed to the living area via supply ductwork. One of the simplest ways to confirm that your home is heated with warm air is to look for registers in the floors and/or ceilings of your living space. Supply registers, which bring or supply warm air to the living space, are typically located underneath windows, or in ceilings near outside walls while return grilles are typically located closer to the interior of the home.

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A reputable oil heat dealer should visit your home as part of the “signing on” process with a new customer. During the visit, he or she should have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly introduce you to your heating system, take you through any tasks that you may need to regularly perform to keep your system running well, and of course answer your questions.

Cubby Oil not only has the best supply of quality, high-efficiency furnaces and boilers, we have the best staff of service technicians in greater Boston! Contact us to get started on upgrading your home’s heating system.

heating oil myths massachusettsAmericans have been using heating oil to heat their homes since the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company introduced the first oil-fired burners for home use in the early 1930s – yet misconceptions continue to color our perception of the fuel as a home heating source.

We’re here to set the record straight with some cold, hard facts about the heating oil sitting in the tank in your basement.

Heating Oil Myths

Here are five common myths about heating oil – and the facts that refute them:

  • Myth 1: Burning oil for heat damages the environment.
    Fact: Today’s Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil (ULSHO)* – a grade now required in Massachusetts – burns more than 95 percent cleaner than it did back in the 1970s. In fact, ULSHO produces near-zero particulate emissions and reduces nitrous oxide and CO2 compared to yesterday’s heating oil – a big reason why heating oil isn’t even regulated by the federal Clean Air Act.
  • Myth 2: Oil heat is dangerous.
    Fact: If you dropped a lit match into a pool of heating oil, it would do exactly the same thing as if you had dropped it in water. That’s because heating oil must first be heated to 140 degrees and then vaporized in order to burn it – unlike natural gas or gasoline, which can be volatile even at room temperature.
  • Myth 3: Oil heat is an inefficient.
    Fact: ULSHO drastically reduces sooting and scaling compared to regular heating oil, leaving more heat in your house and less up your chimney. It does even better against other energy sources, providing more heat per gallon than any other fuel.
  • Myth 4: Heating with oil is costly.
    Fact: Actually, home heating oil is cheaper now than it was in 1980; although the oil market does rise and fall, heating oil remains an economical source of home energy. Today’s clean-burning ULSHO oil also saves you money by leaving fewer deposits on heat exchangers, which prolongs the life of your equipment and reduces out-of-pocket repairs.
  • Myth 5: Most home heating oil comes from the Middle East.
    Fact: More than one-third of the heating oil we use in the US is produced domestically; of the remaining supply, Canada produces more of our oil than all Middle Eastern countries combined.

To get the facts about ULSHO heating oil and what it can do for your home or business, Contact Cubby Oil today.

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In our experience, central air conditioning systems have impeccable timing: they always wait for the hottest day of the year to break down.

That’s not a coincidence, of course: breakdowns happen when your cooling system is working hardest. But what are the actual causes of those breakdowns, and what can you do about them?

Here are three common causes – and solutions – for A/C breakdowns.

1. A clogged air filter – Your air filter protects your air conditioner from dirt and other pollutants – but when it’s clogged, your filter can quickly turn from protector to enemy. A dirty air filter blocks airflow in your ductwork, forcing your A/C to work harder than it was built to work to cool your home; over time, this overwork could cause your air conditioner to overheat and either blow a circuit breaker or shut down entirely.

Solution: Follow troubleshooting instructions to make sure your A/C hasn’t blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Then check your air filter – something you should do at least once a month during cooling season – and replace or clean it (depending on the model) as necessary.

2. Dirty condenser coils – Condenser coils deliver heat-transferring refrigerant from your A/C’s indoor unit to its outdoor unit, enabling hot exhaust to be released outside your home. If these condenser coil get dirty, that heat won’t transfer – instead, it will build up until your air conditioner overheats and shuts down.

Solution: Get annual routine AC maintenance. Technicians will clean your outdoor condenser unit with a special coil cleaner spray to remove dirt and debris safely.

3. Low refrigerant – Just like having dirty condenser coils, not having enough refrigerant will also cause your air conditioner to overheat.

Solution: First, look out for telltale signs of low refrigerant:

  • Air is warm coming out of the vents
  • Ice is forming on the A/C’s outdoor unit (condenser)
  • Cooling bills are substantially higher than normal

If your cooling system is low on refrigerant, you probably have a leak that will need professional A/C repair before you can recharge your system. During your service visit, our certified technicians will:

  • Confirm there’s a leak
  • Remove leftover refrigerant
  • Repair the leak and re-charge the air conditioner

If your air conditioner is chronically leaking refrigerant or is beyond sensible repair, it is probably time for an upgrade to a new, high efficiency A/C; we can help you there, too.

If your A/C needs repairs or a refrigerant re-charge every cooling season, it’s time to invest in a new, high-efficiency unit. Contact Cubby’s today for a FREE no obligation estimate on an home cooling system upgrade for your Boston-area home!

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!