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Planning ahead for heating season

Heating Season: Time To Plan Ahead!

Yes, it’s August. Yes, temperatures have routinely hit the 90 degree mark for the better part of the last month here in Connecticut. And yes, we’ve still got about six weeks until we officially enter the fall season.

What is an anode rod?

What Is An Anode Rod? Why Is It Important?

You have to hand it to water heater designers.

Knowing that steel and water don’t mix very well over time, they came up with an ingenious solution when they set out to create modern water heaters: the anode rod.

Benefits of propane grills vs. natural gas grills

Benefits Of Propane Grills Vs. Natural Gas Grills

When it comes to convenient, high performance outdoor grilling, nothing beats cooking with gas. The question is, which gas should you use?

How do I remove my propane barbecue cylinder safely?

How To Remove A Propane Barbecue Cylinder Safely

Summer is prime season for outdoor cookouts in Connecticut – we hope you’re doing a lot of them on your propane gas grill! If you are, you will eventually have to exchange or refill your propane cylinder – just make sure you do it safely.

How can I teach propane safety to my kids?

How Can I Teach Propane Safety to My Kids?

If you use propane appliances in your Connecticut home, one of your biggest responsibilities is to make sure that everyone in the house knows what to do in an emergency – including, or maybe even especially, your children.

A predictable plan for uncertain times…

A Predictable Plan For Uncertain Times…

We’re living in uncertain times – and whenever that’s true, it’s nice to find pockets of predictability that can make your life a little easier and less stressful.

Ways to keep your pool heater running efficiently this summer

Keep Your Pool Heater Running Efficiently: 5 Ways

A heated pool can be a great escape, especially with all the time we’ve spent indoors so far this year. But if you have owned a propane pool heater for a while, you know it can be an expensive luxury if you don’t take steps to keep it operating as efficiently as possible.

What is a good setting for my thermostat in summer?

What Thermostat Setting Is Best In The Summer?

A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab revealed that almost 90 of respondents “rarely or never” adjusted the thermostat to set a weekend or weekday program – mostly because they didn’t understand how the thermostat works.

Considerations for your outdoor propane fire pit

Outdoor Propane Fire Pits: 4 Considerations

Propane fire pits allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even on chilly Connecticut days and nights – and that might be pretty important this year as we continue to social distance.

Create an outdoor staycation getaway

Create An Outdoor Staycation Getaway

For many of us, social distancing has meant a lot more indoor time this spring than we’re accustomed to – but that’s bound to change as the weather starts to heat up here in Connecticut, especially if you have a beautiful outdoor getaway to retreat to.

Preventing condensation in your heating oil tank

Heating Oil Tank Condensation: How To Prevent It

The seasons are changing here in Connecticut, and soon it will be time to give your heating system a well-earned rest of the summer.