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What’s the difference between a boiler and a furnace?

Boilers And Furnaces: What’s The Difference?

October 5, 2020

If you ask many people how their home is heated, they will usually say they have a furnace. But that’s not necessarily true: If your home has radiators or baseboard heating (or even radiant floor heating), you have a boiler. What are some of the differences between the two? Let’s take a look. Boilers A […]

Tips to get your system ready for heating season

Get Your Heating System Ready For Cold Season

September 28, 2020

As we welcome fall 2020 here in northern RI and southeastern Massachusetts, our thoughts turn from staying cool to keeping warm. The key to that transition, of course, is your home heating system. After sitting idle for several months, your furnace or boiler will need a little TLC before being pressed into heavy service for […]

Extend your summer with propane outdoor living appliances

Propane Outdoor Living Appliances: Extend Your Summer

September 21, 2020

It’s been a summer to remember this year, with most of us home more than usual and turning to our home and outdoor space for peace and sanctuary. The question is how do we stretch our summer and delay our four-walled retreat for the fall and winter? The answer is with the help of propane […]

How propane can save money for my business?

How Can Propane Save Money For My Business?

September 14, 2020

If you read this blog in the past, you probably already know that we’re big fans of propane – one of the most versatile ways to power equipment for your home or business. But propane’s versatility wouldn’t matter much if it didn’t also do its job really well. Propane burns hot, and it burns clean – […]

Our Easy Pay plan: A certain option for uncertain times

Our Easy Pay Plan: A Certain Option For Uncertain Times

September 7, 2020

A little predictability can go a long way these days – especially when it comes to money. One way to get at least some predictability back in our lives is to sign up for the convenient and FREE Easy Pay plan service from W.H. Riley & Son. Manageable monthly bills with no service fee If […]

What are the benefits of a forced air heating system?

What Are The Benefits Of Forced Air Heating Systems?

August 26, 2020

When it comes to heating a home in New England, few options do the job better than a forced air heating system. Powered by gas or oil, a forced air system pushes a volume of heated air through a series of ducts into vents in your living space (if you have a furnace and vents, […]

Bioheat® Q&A

A Bioheat® Q&A: Getting Familiar With This Clean Fuel

August 17, 2020

A new fuel has come on the scene in recent years – well, an old fuel really, with a new twist: Bioheat®. Not familiar with this clean, green alternative to No. 2 heating oil? Here are some basics. What is Bioheat? Bioheat is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a […]

How big a heating oil tank do I need?

How Big Of A Heating Oil Tank Do I Need For My Home?

August 10, 2020

An average single-walled steel oil tank will last 15-20 years on average, which means that many people reading this may be due – or maybe even overdue – for a heating oil tank upgrade. But what size heating oil tank do you need? Let’s take a look. The most common size for a residential heating oil […]

Cool facts about diesel fuel

Diesel Fuel: 4 Cool Facts For Your Business

August 3, 2020

Think you know everything about diesel fuel? We’ll see about that! Check out these facts about the fuel: Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline engines. In an average diesel engine, about 40 percent of the fuel burned actually moves the vehicle down the road; the rest of the energy is lost to engine and […]

Proper humidity levels: a key to lower bills and healthy indoor air

Proper Humidity Levels: A Key To Lower Bills And Healthy Indoor Air

July 27, 2020

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average American household has electric bills that are 30 percent higher than they should be, with air that’s less comfortable than it could be. One of the most important factors affecting both of these issues is the humidity level in your house. The importance of proper humidity […]