5 Things You Should Know About Heating Oil

During the 20th century, oil heat got a bad rap for being inefficient, unreliable, and dangerous. In order to stay in business, oil companies around the world have put their heads together and come up with solutions to each complaint that surrounded heating oil. Today’s heating oil is biodegradable and 95% cleaner than it’s ever been!

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Did you know that today’s home heating oil can only be ignited by an advanced burning system in your oil burner? Thanks to recent technological strides, fuel oil is no longer explosive and inhaling fuel oil fumes is not harmful. If you were to drop a lit match into your fuel oil at home, the flame would simply go out, as if you dropped the match in water!

Greener than you thinkoil rig at dusk

One of the major environmental concerns associated with fuel oil used to be the amount of air pollution caused by oil burner emissions. Fortunately for the environment, scientists have dedicated years of research to solving this problem – today, we’ve reduced oil burner emissions to near zero levels, reducing emissions by 95%. The sulfur content of heating oil has been reduced from over 1% to roughly 0.5%.

Energy efficient (save 83%)

Heating oil is actually more efficient than gas – 16% more efficient, to be precise! Not only are the systems more efficient, but they last longer than gas furnaces. A properly maintained oil burner can last up to 30 years, while the average life expectancy of a gas furnace is a mere 11-14 years. Your home (or water) will heat faster with an oil burner, and recover more quickly than a gas furnace, all while using less fuel.

Supply can meet demand

Particularly with the advances in efficiency, crude oil is still in abundance around the world. We also have the luxury of being independent from any one nation for oil supplies. As the third largest oil-producing country, the United States gets nearly half of its oil from domestic resources; conveniently, our largest external distributor is Canada. We are fortunate to have so much crude oil within our reach, and advances in technology ensure that our oil supplies will remain plentiful for the foreseeable future.

Clean and Dependable (95% safer than in 1970)

Back in the mid-20th century, crude oil was not refined nearly as well as it is today. Today’s oil heat is 95% cleaner than it was in 1970, since our advanced heating systems produce no soot or odor. The heating oil you need is always stored directly on your property as well, so you use exactly how much you need, no more or less.

Heating oil is an efficient, cost-effective, and safe solution for homeowners to comfortably heat their homes or power their hot water heaters. For more information or to look into your own home comfort solutions, give Young’s Home Comfort a call at 215-234-4351 or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!