Answers to your Heating Oil Questions

Thanks to our friends at Oil Heat America we would like to share some Q&A about heating oil.  If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to email and ask us.OHA_Logo

What creates such a cozy feeling in my home when I heat with heating oil?

You can feel the difference with Oilheat. There are many technological reasons that contribute to Oilheat’s legendary warmth. A high percentage of Oilheated systems are hydronic rather than warm air. Hydronic systems provide a more steady heat. Oilheat systems are sized to provide very fast recovery times for both space and water heating.

Which is the best way to heat my home?

Home heating fuel consumers tend to report high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of heating fuel that were measured including: Safe, Clean, Accessible, Fast service, Local, Efficient, Convenient, Dependable, and Reliable.

Prices of energy vary from market to market and at different times of the year. The Consumer Energy Council conducted a study to determine the best ways for consumers to save energy in their home and they found that changing fuel sources was not effective. Rather than changing fuel sources, homeowners can upgrade their heating equipment to new high-efficiency systems. Studies have shown that replacing an old boiler with a new high-efficiency boiler can save as much as 48 percent of energy usage – with the average upgrade providing 25 percent savings. (Energy Research Center, Field Measurement of Boiler Energy Savings, NYSERDA)

Why choose Oilheat?

If you want heat that is clean, comfortable, environmentally friendly, efficient, economical, dependable, safe and versatile, Oilheat is for you. With Bioheat® fuel, you’re getting all that with the added benefit of knowing you’ve made the renewable choice.

Is Oilheat clean?

Cleanliness is an important Oilheat improvement. Today’s Oilheat is 95 percent cleaner than it was in 1970. When properly adjusted and maintained, new Oilheat systems create absolutely no soot, dirt, or odors in the home. Bioheat® Fuel blended with Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil is cleaner, produces fewer emissions, and makes your heating equipment work even more efficiently with less maintenance.

How safe is Oilheat?

Heating oil is safe. It takes an advanced high-tech burner to ignite the oil. If you drop a match into heating oil it will go out as if dropped into water. Heating oil must be vaporized before it will ignite or burn.

Has Oilheat improved, and what is its impact on the environment?

Over the last three decades, Oilheat equipment has improved its environmental performance. Before the development of the modern oil burners, the emissions of particulate matter from an Oilheat system were 10 pounds per 1000 gallons burned, or .1 percent. Today’s Oilheat has significantly lowered its emissions. Now, only 7 ounces is released for every thousand gallons burned, or .006 percent.

How big are the heating appliances?

New oil fired heating boilers and furnaces are much smaller than older ones. The average boiler today is as big as a three-drawer filing cabinet. Furnaces are similarly sized.

How can I take advantage of Oilheat, or get it in my home?

Oilheat can be installed into any home and be easily combined with air-conditioning. If you don’t currently have Oilheat, using Oilheat should not be a problem. It will require the installation of a tank, which may be installed inside or outside. The furnace or boiler may be installed either inside or outside depending on the space in your home, and what works best for you. The most important step is to find a local Oilheat dealer who can work with you to ensure that the Oilheating system you install will meet the needs of you and your family.

How much smoke is produced in my heating unit?

An Oilheat system with one of today’s modern burners is capable of burning 99.9% clean. The oil burners of today are so clean that they produce on average six ounces of particulate emissions (soot) a year. To put that in context, consider that the six ounces of particulate comes from burning three and a half tons of heating oil.

What is the average consumption of a household?

The Oilheat Industry has made great progress with energy conservation. In 1980 the average American home burned approximately 1,400 gallons per year. In 2013, the average number of gallons burned was only 700 per year. This is a 50 percent decrease per household! A new system offers such exceptional efficiency you could save up to 40 percent or more in heating and hot water costs.


How reliable are new Oilheat systems?

New Oilheat system components are amazingly reliable. They are so reliable most manufacturers offer 3 to 5 year warranties, and if something ever fails it is easy to get replacement parts.

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