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Keep up to date on all the services, advice and insight that FSi Oil and Propane has to offer the Greater Springfield, MA, area concerning home heating oil, propane and home comfort services, including heating and cooling systems, plumbing and more. We strive to keep you informed and safe all year. These articles will help keep you and your family ahead of the energy industry curve.

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How Do I Prevent Frozen Pipes?

December 9, 2019

Frozen water pipes in your home can be a problematic, or even disastrous, winter problem here in New England: a simple 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release 250 gallons of water per day – about enough to fill about three average-sized bathtubs. That’s enough water to cause serious damage, both cosmetic and structural, to […]

Struggling to Pay Your Heating Bills in MA? Help Is Available…

December 2, 2019

Winter can be hard on families in New England, especially those that are struggling to make ends meet. The good news is that there is help available if you need temporary relief from the cost of your heating oil and propane deliveries – thanks to LIHEAP. Here are some common questions about LIHEAP services – if […]

How can I weatherize my home?

November 25, 2019

You wouldn’t leave a window open for hours in the middle of winter with your furnace or boiler pumping out BTUs, would you? Well, that’s basically what you’re doing if you don’t weatherize your home. The average American home leaks an amount of air equal to a nearly four square-foot hole in an exterior wall through […]

Preventing plumbing emergencies this holiday season

November 20, 2019

We see it every year: someone’s well-intentioned kitchen helper accidently pours grease from that delicious holiday roast down the drain – and 24 hours later, you’re stuck with a sink full of dirty dishwater that just won’t go down. The holidays are famous for plumbing disasters – whether they happen in the sink, the garbage disposal, […]

What Is the Best Thermostat Setting for Winter?

November 18, 2019

Managing the temperature of your home with a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save 10 percent or more on your energy costs – a big reason why we strongly recommend that you invest in one if you don’t have a unit installed already (better yet, invest in a Wi-Fi thermostat, which allows […]

How do I choose a propane gas log set?

November 4, 2019

How many times have you wanted to use your masonry or brick fireplace on a cold night, but skipped the idea because of the hassles and mess that come with lighting, maintaining, and cleaning up after a wood fire? If your answer includes a resigned nod or frustrated sigh, you owe it to yourself to […]

What Is a Direct Vent Space Heater?

October 28, 2019

A propane space heater can transform a cold room into an inviting living space – whether that space is a basement, a sunroom, a hobby room, or any other room that needs a heating boost. One of the most important choices you have when deciding on a gas-powered space heater is how the unit will […]

What Is “Biofuel”?

October 21, 2019

If you own a home in Western MA that uses heating oil rather than natural gas or propane to generate heat, you have probably heard the term “biofuel,” or its commercially branded name, Bioheat®. But what exactly is it? Here are some Biohheat facts to help you get to know this cleaner, greener alternative to […]

What Is an Anode Rod?

October 14, 2019

Your storage-type water heater may look like a big tin can sitting in your basement, but looks can be deceiving: in truth, a surprising amount of thought goes into making that water heater – especially when it comes to keeping your tank from rotting away. You see, conditions inside your tank are ideal for corrosion: steel […]

How Do You Know If You Have a Propane Leak?

October 7, 2019

Propane gas is an amazingly safe, effective and efficient fuel for your furnace, boiler, or other home comfort equipment. But it is an energy source – and like any energy source, you need to know how to handle it, and how to respond if you have a propane emergency. The two most important things to know […]