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What Happens During an HVAC Service Call?

Heating and cooling maintenance safeguards your comfort.

hvac Braintree, MA How much of your annual energy spending involves your HVAC system? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, heating and cooling accounts for about 52% of energy use in the average American household.

With so much of your home budget going to your HVAC equipment, it makes sense to take care of it. Regular HVAC service will keep your furnace or boiler and air conditioning system running. A professional technician can also catch small issues and prevent breakdowns in the future. Regular HVAC tune-ups also extend your systems’ lifespan and keep your manufacturer’s warranty in place.

In Braintree and throughout the South Shore, Atlantic-Pratt Energy provides comprehensive HVAC service to keep households safe and comfortable all year round.

When to Arrange HVAC Service

Whether you’re talking about a tune-up for a heating system or a home’s A/C, it’s a good idea to arrange maintenance for it once a year.

Generally, the most convenient time to schedule maintenance is when you don’t need the equipment to stay comfortable. So, the heating system and burner service is best done in the spring and summer, and A/C service is best in cooler months.

What to Expect from Your Heating Tune-Up

When you bring in an Atlantic-Pratt technician for heating maintenance, you can rest assured that we’ll meticulously clean, lubricate and adjust all key components, plus inspect and test the system to ensure peak performance. Our heating tune-ups include:

Annual oil burner upkeep is absolutely essential to maintain optimal heating performance. You can count on our team members to remove dirt and debris from every part of your burner assembly. In doing this, we ensure the seamless operation of your burner and minimize the risk of future blockages or malfunctions. We’ll also advise if any parts of your burner need to be replaced or repaired.

What to Expect from Your Cooling Tune-up

Our skilled HVAC service technicians can also provide annual maintenance for your air conditioning system. We will inspect, test, clean, lubricate and adjust your indoor and outdoor A/C equipment. Doing so will help you avoid significant issues like refrigerant leaks, wiring issues or broken parts. It will also ensure that your A/C equipment can keep you comfortable all summer while keeping your electricity bills lower.

Atlantic-Pratt Maintenance Plans

Annual HVAC service will pay dividends with avoided repairs, energy efficiency and a longer system lifespan. The best, most cost-effective way to keep your heating and cooling equipment in good condition is with a Maintenance Plan from Atlantic-Pratt Energy. With this affordable coverage, you receive:

This HVAC protection is backed by the most reliable, skilled service team in the region.

Do you need to arrange a tune-up for your HVAC equipment or wish to inquire about our Maintenance Plans? Contact Atlantic-Pratt Energy for more information.

Servicing Your Commercial Heating Oil Systems

Ensure your employees’ and customers’ comfort with regular HVAC maintenance.

commercial heating oil Milton, MA Spring is about to turn into summer in Milton. It’s an excellent time to service your business’s heating oil equipment so it will be ready to go long before another New England winter. Commercial heating is more than a modern convenience; it’s critical for business operations and the safety of the people who work in and frequent your commercial space.

South Shore business owners turn to Atlantic-Pratt Energy for HVAC maintenance and all their commercial heating oil needs. This comprehensive guide will provide you with vital strategies for effective and efficient operations of your commercial heating oil systems. We’ll explore the nuances of servicing these systems, particularly the why, when, and how of maintaining them for optimal performance.

Benefits of a Commercial Heating Oil System

Businesses have been using heating oil products to keep their workers and patrons warm since the 19th century. These heating systems can offer greater efficiency than other fuels and are often more cost-effective. Here are some of the advantages of an oil-fired commercial heating system:

Why Commercial Heating Oil Systems Need Maintenance

You wouldn’t let one of your business’s vehicles drive all year without having a mechanic inspect it and tune it up. The same is true for your commercial heating oil systems. When you follow your manufacturer’s guidelines and arrange regular service, you can enjoy the following benefits:

As you can see, investing in HVAC service for your commercial heating equipment pays for itself in lower fuel usage and repair costs and a longer service life for your equipment.

Service Timing for Heating Oil Equipment

Generally speaking, you should arrange a professional inspection and maintenance tune-up once a year for your commercial heating oil equipment. Doing so provides an opportunity for a licensed HVAC technician to clean, calibrate and test your equipment.

That said, you should follow the specific guidelines of your system’s manufacturer and monitor your equipment’s operations throughout the year. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Atlantic-Pratt Energy Services Commercial Heating Equipment

Atlantic-Pratt Energy is a leading provider of commercial heating oil equipment services in the South Shore region with over 100 years of experience supporting businesses in our region. Our dedicated team is available to service your commercial heating equipment. We also perform the repairs you need and can help you replace aging heating oil systems.

Additionally, if you need reliable commercial heating oil delivery for your business, Atlantic-Pratt Energy can handle that, too!

Safeguard the comfort and safety of your workforce and patrons. Join the Atlantic-Pratt family of customers today.

What Is A Heat Pump Split System?

Discover the benefits of this energy workhorse that heats and cools South Shore homes year-round

heat pumps With Massachusetts encouraging homeowners to consider alternatives, you’ve probably heard a lot lately about energy options for heating and cooling your home. One of the most versatile choices is the heat pump split system — a dependable way to stay comfortable year-round using just electricity to heat AND cool your indoor spaces.

Understanding how heat pump split systems work

The reason it’s called a “split system” is because part of the equipment is located indoors and part of it is outdoors. Instead of burning fuel to create heat, your HVAC unit simply moves heat from one place to another. Through this heat transfer, the unit takes heat from the air or ground outside and pumps it inside through coils filled with refrigerant (similar to what’s part of your kitchen fridge).

A reversing valve can change the flow of heat to release it from inside your home to the outside, cooling your home with air-conditioning instead.

Advantages of a heat pump split system

If you live in Quincy or anywhere throughout the South Shore, you might be looking to replace your existing system with a new heat pump. It’s a smart choice because heat pumps offer several key advantages, including:

Energy efficiency. Traditional heating and cooling systems must generate heat through combustion or other means — and that actually requires energy. Because heat pumps transfer heat instead, they end up expending less energy and saving you money on your monthly bills.

Ecofriendly impact. That lower energy consumption is not just good for your wallet — it’s great for the environment. Choosing a heat pump split system is a smart way to do your part by lowering your carbon footprint!

Convenience. Because heat pump split systems handle your comfort needs all year round, it’s easy to rely on just one system for both heating and cooling needs. And that makes maintenance simpler as well.

The right size heat pump for your home

So how can you know what’s the right size heat pump for your home? Our experts can help with that. We know the local climate, which is taken into account when calculating a typical workload for your system. Other factors include:

It’s important to determine just the right size heat pump for you. If you choose one that’s larger than what you need, you’ll end up wasting energy and money. But installing one that’s too small means it will have to work harder to meet your home’s heating and cooling demands — leading to excessive wear and tear on your equipment that can result in costly repairs.

Ways to save on heat pump installation

Heat pump split systems offer long-term savings but are a substantial initial investment. We can help you lower those initial costs by identifying all available incentives, including manufacturer rebates, federal tax credits and Mass Save rebates.

Turn to us for heat pump installation, maintenance and repair

Our professional team has extensive training, certification and experience with installing heat pump split systems on the South Shore. We’re here to help you choose the correct size heat pump for your home to maximize your comfort and energy savings!

We sell, install, maintain and repair energy-efficient heat pumps from such leading manufacturers as American Standard, Carrier, Mitsubishi and Bosch.

To help extend your system’s lifespan (which averages 20+ years) and lower the chances of your equipment breaking down, it’s important to commit to regular maintenance. This includes changing air filters, checking refrigerant levels, cleaning coils and more. When it comes to servicing your heat pump split system, you can rely on our skilled HVAC technicians to ensure top performance.

We also offer 24/7 availability for emergency repairs to make sure your equipment can get back on track for your household’s comfort and safety.

Explore your heat pump options with Atlantic-Pratt

Ready to consider a new energy-efficient system? Get started today by contacting us for more information!

What is Heating Oil?

Discover the benefits of today’s eco-friendly home heating oil

heating oil massachusetts You may have heard in the news recently about Massachusetts utility regulators ruling in favor of reducing our state’s dependence on natural gas, but what if you use heating oil for your home? Learn more about this workhorse that keeps South Shore homes warm and toasty.

Where heating oil comes from

In the 1840s, crude oil was distilled to make kerosene, which was used to light lanterns. Soon after, the first oil burner was developed to enable oil to heat indoor spaces. By the 1930s, heating oil was a common fuel throughout the entire Northeast. It became an attractive alternative to wood- and coal-fired stoves because it featured easier storage, less work, more efficient heat production and better safety (since heating oil is non-explosive in its liquid state).

The primary type of oil produced for residential homes became known as “Number 2 heating oil” and was dyed red in order to distinguish it from on-road diesel fuel, which is subject to a federal excise tax that home heating oil is exempt from.

How home heating oil has changed

In more recent years, the amount of sulfur in heating oil was reduced in order to lower emissions and improve heating system performance. By 2018, Massachusetts and all other New England states had transitioned to ultra-low sulfur heating oil — representing a 99% reduction in sulfur levels compared to three decades ago and a 70% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions.

And the development of Bioheat® fuel — an exceptional blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biodiesel — has been a game-changer. We’re proud to offer customers in Weymouth and throughout the South Shore the many benefits of this eco-friendly fuel to heat their homes.

The advantages of Bioheat fuel

Biodiesel comes from natural and renewable resources such as plant oils (including soybean, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, rapeseed and inedible corn), animal fats and tallows, algae, and recycled restaurant cooking oils and fats. Combining biodiesel with ultra-low sulfur heating oil produces a cleaner, more efficient alternative to Number 2 heating oil.

By choosing Bioheat fuel for your home heating system, you can save money and help the environment at the same time through:

The best part is, you don’t have to do anything at all to switch to Bioheat fuel if you already use oil to heat your home.

Today’s high-efficiency heating oil systems

Modern oil heating systems are much more efficient than in the past. Compared to a few decades ago, they use around 700 fewer gallons of heating oil each year. And newer models of oil tanks feature leak-resistant construction and can be located with more flexibility in smaller spaces.

If you’re looking to replace your home’s heating oil tank , we can help you choose the right tank to suit your needs, remove the old one and install the new one for you. You can also count on us for expert oil burner servicing and maintenance to keep your new system in top condition over its lifetime.

Or maybe you’re thinking of converting your heating system from natural gas to heating oil. It’s a smart move based on the recent regulatory changes, plus heating oil produces more energy than natural gas. And because heating oil for your system is stored right on your own property, you’re not at the mercy of a local utility company when there are problems with a natural gas pipeline.

Customized, convenient heating oil delivery

Most importantly, when you depend on Atlantic-Pratt for heating oil delivery , you get needed peace of mind knowing you won’t have to worry about run-outs thanks to our automatic delivery service. We can remotely monitor how much heating oil you use, predict the amount you’ll need based on changing weather conditions, and schedule deliveries to ensure you have a sufficient supply to stay warm.

Contact us for your heating oil needs

As the heating oil company of choice for South Shore homes for more than 100 years, we’re here to help you with whatever you need — just contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Atlantic-Pratt Energy vs. Heating Oil Discounters

Discover the difference reliability and quality can make for your home!

You might come across an advertisement in your mailbox or online for a heating oil discounter, which is also referred to as a C.O.D heating oil company.

You may be intrigued by the super-low heating oil prices they tout. That’s how they lure customers. But once you’re lured in, you’ll discover that you want more than just cheap prices when it comes to your heating oil delivery. You want reliability and service, like the kind you get with Atlantic-Pratt Energy!

So don’t settle for just cheap prices. Choose Atlantic-Pratt Energy for reliable and exceptional service that you can count on. Experience the difference today!

Here’s what makes us the better choice than those discounters:


There’s a reason these discounters can offer their bargain-basement prices for heating oil. It’s because they are a bare-bones operation, sometimes with only one or two people in the company. Do you think you’ll get prompt, responsive service from them?

Contrast that with the team of skilled and seasoned professionals at Atlantic-Pratt. We offer round-the-clock accessibility via phone or online. Our delivery drivers are well-trained and experienced. Request a heating oil delivery effortlessly through this website. As for discounters? Consider yourself fortunate, if they even have a website!

At Atlantic-Pratt, we recognize that price is merely one aspect to consider when selecting a heating oil provider. That’s why we strive to exceed expectations by not only offering competitive prices, but also delivering unparalleled reliability and exceptional service. Our team of highly skilled experts is committed to meeting your heating oil needs with the utmost attention to detail and efficiency.

With Atlantic-Pratt Energy, you can have complete confidence that your heating oil will be delivered promptly and reliably. Our unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction sets us apart, as we continuously strive to surpass your expectations. From our amiable customer service representatives to our proficient technicians, we are committed to providing you with a seamless and stress-free heating oil experience.

At Atlantic-Pratt, we provide you with various choices to effectively manage your heating oil expenses. Unlike discounters that require upfront payment upon delivery, we empower you to take charge of your heating oil delivery and costs. Our services include Automatic Delivery, along with flexible payment options, like Budget Plan and AutoPay.


This is where Atlantic-Pratt stands head and shoulders above heating oil discounters.

With more than a century of expertise, we have been proudly delivering heating oil to homes and businesses throughout the South Shore. Drawing from our extensive experience and long-standing, solid relationships with our vendors, we ensure a constant supply of heating oil, delivered promptly and reliably to you.

Regrettably, discounters often prove to be transient establishments. One can never be certain if they will be available when a heating oil delivery is needed, especially in anticipation of a sudden drop in temperature.

Rest assured, Atlantic-Pratt has got you covered. We take pride in our abundant reserves of heating oil, securely stored in meticulously maintained facilities. With us, you can trust that your heating needs will always be met.

Our heating oil is top-quality Bioheat® fuel that is a blend of natural biodiesels and ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. This fuel helps your heating system run at its best possible efficiency, cutting your heating costs, while creating less wear on your home’s furnace or boiler. The quality of heating oil obtained from a discounter is uncertain.

Have peace of mind about your home’s heating oil supply. Become an Atlantic-Pratt customer today!

Welcome to the New Atlantic-Pratt Website!

We built this site to make being a customer easy

For more than 100 years, Atlantic-Pratt Energy has been the South Shore’s leader for responsive and personal service.

That commitment to service was the inspiration for this new Atlantic-Pratt website. With this in mind, we set out to redesign our website. The aim of the redesign was to develop a more user-friendly and informative website about our products and services.

We strive for our website to provide you with an enhanced user experience that aligns with our goal of simplifying your life.

Updates and upgrades we have made to the website include:

Remember to bookmark our homepage for regular visits. We’ll be frequently updating the site with fresh information about our products and services, along with specials and informative blog posts to assist you with your home or business needs. Stay tuned for more!

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new Atlantic-Pratt website! Please take a moment to share your feedback. Your opinion is invaluable to us.