Surviving Your First Winter in Boston, MA – Tips For Warmth

Good ole Boston! Where the stinging winds make eyelash icicles out of your winter tears… So, it’s your first winter in Boston? First things first, DO NOT let your home heating system go unchecked, you’ll be freezing all the way to your bones, and your poor toes will be swimming in a glacial puddle of melted snow inside your shoes. Now, let’s turn that winter frown upside down. 🙂 Follow this checklist to make sure that you stay 100% warm (yes, it is possible!) before this dominating season befalls on you and you’re scrambling to stay warm in a frosty blizzard. Maintain the most comfortable body temperature inside or outside your home with these helpful tips to survive your 1st winter from our energy and oil company in Boston. Why Indoor Warmth is Mandatory for Your 1st Winter in Boston Have you ever heard the motto, “the best offense is a good defense?” To prevent and handle any dangerous HVAC symptoms, then understanding required heater maintenance of your home is key if you want to have protection against the cold of winter. You can always put on more layers of clothing and blankets for warmth, but it will only do so much if your heater breaks or gets clogged. Below, learn how to fully prepare your own home for winter by identifying problems before you’re really freezing your butt off. Boilers, Radiators, Furnaces, Oh My! You will be kicking yourself with you frostbitten limbs if you don’t learn the first things about  boilers, radiators, or furnaces. Here’s a crash course to identify your heating system before you’re scrambling in the frigid...

Energy Efficient Tips To Help Lower Your Bills

The most important renovation you can perform on your home doesn’t involve removing a wall to add a spare bedroom. Remodel your thinking with these energy efficient tips to save hundreds each year. Most people are consciously trying to save on energy costs. We have great intentions, but they don’t always translate into a proactive plan. Here are some practical energy efficient tips that go beyond saving money will change how you think about energy use in your home.   Preventative Maintenance Is Key To Lower Future Costs The equipment that is used to heat and cool your home can only provide maximum efficiency when it is maintained, and everyone knows that regular heater maintenance is much more cost-effective than repairing it every year. Your home itself also needs some tending on a regular basis. Think about it. As winter approaches, you will start looking in the closet and evaluating jackets to make sure that they are serviceable and will keep you warm for another season. You wouldn’t send your children out in the Massachusetts weather in a threadbare hoodie. Treat your home the same way. Use the warmer months to check things like the insulation around windows and doors. Make sure that your heating unit is serviced and ready to handle that first cold snap. You’ve got a busy life, we get it. The cost of servicing a heater system in Boston is often recouped in the time you save by letting Bigelow manage the little details in keeping your home efficient. A great way to manage preventative maintenance is Bigelow’s Total Comfort Plan. With benefits like free replacement and repair for basic parts,...

10 Fun Family Activities To Do in Newton

Newton enjoys four months of summer weather and a stark contrast of dominating cold winters with lots of family activities year around. When it’s not unbearably hot or cold outside and you don’t want to stay in your comfortable, temperature controlled home, there are plenty of educational and fun things to do in this historic city. In this post, explore 10 options for family friendly activities to do in Newton no matter what the weather is outside. We’ve separated the suggestions into year round activities and specifically summer/fall family fun! Year Round Family Activities in Newton No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something happening in Newton. Below are activities for any weather. For year round fun, be sure to check in with the Newton Community Pride group for a list of events or festivals!   1. Newton Free Library The Newton Free Library has a large children’s reading area with audio and video selections and a toddler room for those not yet at the reading age. Parents can also enquire about the library’s museum pass offerings.   2. New Philharmonia Orchestra Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra typically performs six concerts a season, so look for tickets ahead of time. The orchestra also has a family series of short concerts for ages two to ten. What’s really fun is the instrument “petting zoo” where kids can try out the instruments.   3. Local History: Underground Railroad, Civil War, and More! History buffs will enjoy the war-themed dioramas in Newton City Hall. Kids who play with toy soldiers will love looking at the miniature figures depicting scenes from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War...

5 Common HVAC Problems That Are Dangerous

Your home in the Boston area wouldn’t be livable without the comfort supplied by your HVAC system. Amazingly refreshing air conditioning and comfortingly warm heaters make being at home that much more satisfying. However, no HVAC system is failsafe, and occasionally things can go wrong, disastrously wrong – resulting in dangerous HVAC problems. Understanding The Signs Of Dangerous HVAC Problems Dangerous HVAC problems can be caused by a number of things – incompetent installation, an aging system, lack of sufficient maintenance, and failing components. All of these factors can lead to potentially dangerous malfunctions needing immediate attention by HVAC install technicians. The following is a list of danger HVAC problems that should be regarded as red flags and never ignored. For immediately assistance with a dangerous HVAC problem, please give us a call at (617) 964-1600 right away!   Problem #1 – A Smell of Rotten Eggs Your furnace naturally emits a slight odor that you don’t even notice. But, a strong smell of rotten eggs is an indication that there is a gas leak somewhere in your home possibly coming from your furnace. You should immediately call the gas company and leave your house until the leak has been safely repaired. After safety has been restored, your heating service repair technician will give your system a thorough going over. Gas leaks are dangerous HVAC problems causing explosions & several deaths each year.   Problem #2 – A Smell of Overheating If something smells as if it’s overheating, then it probably is. A motor could be burning out or electrical wiring could be damaged or badly frayed. Whatever the underlying cause, an...

History of Newton: 13 Villages, One Community

Since we bought our first oil truck in 1945, Newton, MA, has been the cornerstone of our family business. It’s been an amazing experience to have worked together with small businesses, families, friends, and customers in our historic town. In honor of our roots, we researched the history of the beautiful neighborhood that inspired us to start an oil company in Boston. If you have any stories to add, please send us an email or submit a comment as we learn together about the city of Newton’s history.   Tell Us About Your Family’s Newton History Though we have done extensive research, there are still many pages missing from the storybook of Newton. This is where we need your help! Together, we can tell the story of our parents and their parents’ parents. Here is your opportunity to share what you know! Comment below with your own personal stories of family and the growth of this community. We hope you will take a few minutes to tell us the history you know. Tell us what you think makes Newton such a special place to live.   A Brief History of Newton Newton is similar to a thoughtfully crafted patchwork quilt. Each of the original 13 villages that make up the present-day Newton were formed separately based on the access to nearby rivers, railroads, or mills. Even while the villages agreed to become a unified community, each neighborhood maintained an individual personality. Our Bigelow family history is tied to the Upper Falls village. The village was originally dependent on mills because of its location along the Charles River. The remaining villages were also built...