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How can I make my oil furnace last?

How Can I Make My Oil Furnace Last?

Valentine’s month is a good time to remember that nothing lasts forever – not even your oil furnace. How long it lasts (your furnace, not the other thing) depends on the kind of steps you take to keep your heating system running well.

Reasons why your heating system is rusting

Three Reasons Why Your Heating System is Rusting

The average life of a gas furnace is more than a decade (assuming it receives professional heating service every year). But nothing lasts forever, and eventually your furnace is going to start showing its age.

Important winter safety reminder: Keep your vent pipe clear

Important Winter Safety Reminder: Keep Your Vent Pipe Clear

Your home heating system works hard to keep your family safe from the elements through the long, cold Connecticut winter. But those elements can still cause some problems in your toasty CT home if you’re not vigilant about clearing your property after a snowstorm.

Could your furnace be affecting your indoor air quality?

Could Your Furnace Be Affecting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Your gas furnace does a great job keeping you warm through the long Connecticut winter –but could it also be making you sick? It could be if your furnace hasn’t been properly cared for or isn’t functioning the way it should be.

Heating for your construction site

Temporary Heating Options for Your Construction Site: Direct vs. Indirect Heaters

Choosing the wrong type of temporary heater – or installing or using it incorrectly – could spell disaster for your construction site, causing damage to your property and materials or even injuries to your valued workers.

Heating oil tank gauge

Heating Oil Basics: How to Read an Oil Tank Gauge

If you’re not a Hocon automatic delivery customer, one of the most important tasks you have is to monitor how much heating oil> you have in your storage tank. To do that, you need to know how to read a heating oil tank gauge.

Replace water heater

Should I Replace My Water Heater This Winter?

Your water heater is the unsung hero of home comfort, working hard behind the scenes of your Connecticut home every day to keep hot water flowing to your faucets, showers, washing machine and dishwasher.

Ten simple winter energy efficiency tips

Winter has officially arrived here in Connecticut, and with it will inevitably come higher heating bills. Want to keep those propane and heating oil bills as low as possible? Here are 10 of the best ways to do it: Weatherize – Keep warm air in and cold air out by caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows. […]


Can Propane Freeze?

Propane is a great ally to have through the long, cold Connecticut winter, providing beaucoup BTUs for your home or commercial heating system when it is burned as fuel.

Five reasons to choose a propane hearth this winter

Most of us love the idea of having a fireplace to come home to on a cold Connecticut night, but few of us like the actual work of setting up, maintaining, and cleaning up after that fire – or doing the work needed to keep a chimney safe. The good news is you can experience the […]

Three signs of faulty ductwork

Investing in a quality furnace and having it installed by and regularly maintained by experts can really stack the odds in your favor when it comes to keeping your heating system performing well and reliably. Unfortunately, it can’t guarantee that you won’t have heating problems. Part of the reason this fact is sadly true is […]