Cubby Oil & Energy Blog

Advantages of an EZ Pay Budget Plan

June 2017

Managing the Cost of Winter.

Although the heating season is still months away, perhaps it is time to consider another way, that is gaining popularity, to pay your oil bill.  Traditionally, customers receive an oil delivery followed by a statement a few days later.  Typically, the statement will request payment in 20-30 days.  But what happens when it's a cold January and your oil dealer has to make two deliveries in 20 days?  You may be faced with writing checks totaling $800.00 - $1,000.00 only fourteen days apart.  That can be difficult right after Christmas or for that matter, anytime.  An EZ Pay Budget Plan is a simple solution to this problem.

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What is a Capped Oil Price Plan?

June 2017

If you are reading this and it is June, it is that time of year again.  Planning for winter has already begun in many industries including retail oil heat.  Dealers have spent countless hours planning and purchasing oil now that won't be delivered for almost a year.  If you are thinking "boy that's risky, no one knows how much heating oil will cost 7 months from now",  you are correct!  

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Ducted V. Ductless Air Conditioning.

May 2017

The Heat Is On

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the start of summer's heat and humidity is soon to follow.  Have you been thinking about adding some form of air conditioning system to your home?  After all, your heating system keeps you comfortable in the winter.  Don't you desereve to be comfortable during the summer?  The two most popular types of cooling are ducted and ductless air conditioning systems.  Before getting into the advantages of each....let's take a look at the differences                                 

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Could a mini split air conditioner make summer more comfortable?

April 2017

Summer Comfort

Admit it, many of you have already thought about air conditioning and it's only mid-April?  It seems spring in New England gets shorter each year.  Gone are those slow comfortable transitions from cold and snow to heat and humidity.  

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Air Conditioning Tune Up Goes a Long Way Toward Keeping You Cool.

April 2017

Is it time for an Air Conditioning Tune-up?

Spring is almost here.  Unless you heat your domestic hot water with your oil burner, you won't see a Cubby Oil delivery truck until fall arrives while your heating system takes a break from keeping you comfortable.

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Central Air Conditioning...Is It Really Cooling?

April 2017

Central Air Conditioning...The Process

Spring is right around the corner!  Snow and ice will soon be replaced by budding trees and blooming flowers. Sounds great, correct?  If you're like me and mind extreme temperatures, summer can be challenging when the heat and humidity settle in.  

Is there any better feeling than entering a space that is being cooled by central air conditioning or air conditioning of any type?  You may be suprised to discover that air conditioning technically isn't cooling but heat removal.  An air conditioner operates much like a refrigerator.  Think about it...a refrigerator sits inside a room that is a comfortable temperature so how is it that when you open the door its much cooler inside?  Air conditioners, like refrigerators, use freon, a chemical/refrigerant that can go form a gaseous state to a liquid state and back many many times when compressed.  This process removes heat and humidity for air. 

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Indirect Water Heater...Increase Supply and Efficency

March 2017

Indirect water heaters also referred to as indirect fired water heaters are a logical solution for customers with internal tankless water heaters whose goal is to increase hot water supply and save money.  Does it seem as though your tankless water heater just isn't doing the job anymore?  Are you no longer able to take a hot shower when the laundry machine or dish washer is running?  Don't feel alone, this is a common complaint we hear from customers with tankless coils.  The likely culprit is scale.  Over time minerals commonly found in water attach themselves to the tankless coil forming deposits known as scale.  These deposits inhibit the heat transfer that takes place when cold water passes through the coil to create hot water.

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External Tankless Water Heater...Advantages and disadvantages

March 2017

Have you heard that gas or electric fired tankless water heaters are the rage and you should consider installing one?  No doubt, they look pretty cool hanging on the wall wrapped in sleek cabinetry.  Manufacturers market these hot water makers as delivering unlimited supply while saving money.  Let's face it, there isn't any magic to these units.  Like all tankless water heaters, they create hot water as cold water travels through a copper coil that acts as a heat exchanger.  We learned this process in detail in an earlier blog.   

 


To the left is an image of a very popular manufacturer's gas fired wall hung tankless unit.  Packaged in a modern looking cabinet,  would you ever think this is a water heater?  I don't think so!  Where are the pipes?  Where's the burner?  Admittedly, these units are full of technology.  However,  remember how simple it was to fix an automobile not too long ago?  Today, when you pop the hood it can be pretty intimidating.  The same applies here.

 

 

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Internal Tankless Water Heater...A Close Look

March 2017

We recently learned about the different types of water heaters.  Tankless water heaters come in two varieties; internal and external.  Let's take a detailed look at what an internal tankless heater is and how it produces hot water.  Take a trip into your basement.  If you do not see a standalone fuel fired tank (gas, electric, oil), usually 40-100 gallons in size, chances are you have a tankless water heater.  

People often mistake their expansion tank for a water heater.  An expansion tank is typically piped above or alongside the boiler.  It resembles a 20lb propane tank and is usually red, green or gray in color.

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The Different Types Of Water Heaters

March 2017

Isn't the thought of a nice hot shower after a long day of hard work or play nice?  Imagine trying to remove grease and grime from pots and pans using cold water...or even worse, trying to rid clothes of stains from without the help of hot water.  Think about how often we rely on hot water throughout our day.  Like many things in our lives, we take it for granted until it's gone.

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