Among the different heating fuels and energy sources for home heating, people continue to have a huge misunderstanding about heating oil. Oil is still in use and not just because there are old homes that have oil furnaces. New homeowners are choosing to build custom homes with oil heat because of its efficiency among other benefits. So let’s dispel some of the common myths about heating oil.
Heating oil is bad for the environment
Oil heat has a bad reputation when it comes to polluting the environment. There are many who think that heating oil has higher emissions than natural gas or that it is dirtier. This misconception steers people away from making heating oil their first choice to heat their homes.
The heating oil industry is steadily moving toward fuel blends that contain a significant proportion of renewable fuel. This offers the prospect of making heating oil the alternative with the lowest emissions of any fossil fuel. Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil is required in Massachusetts. ULS heating oil burns more than 95 percent cleaner than its predecessor did back in the 1970s. Researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory have found that ULS heating oil significantly reduces emissions and improves heating system performance
Heating oil systems are expensive
The price of heating oil does fluctuate over time. But heating oil equipment is less expensive than natural gas equipment. In addition, if properly maintained, heating oil furnaces will last 30 to 50 years, whereas natural gas furnaces have a much shorter life span of 12 – 15 years. Plus today’s clean-burning ULSHO oil also saves you money by leaving fewer deposits on heat exchangers, which prolongs the life of your equipment and reduces out-of-pocket repairs.
Oil heat isn’t safe
Heating oil is very similar to diesel fuel in that it’s extremely safe in its natural state. If you drop a lit match into a pool of heating oil, it would extinguish the flame as it would if you dropped it in water. Heating oil must first be heated to 140 degrees and then vaporized in order for it to burn, unlike natural gas or gasoline, which can be volatile even at room temperature. When stored properly in a durable tank, heating oil poses no explosion threat.
Oil Heat is old technology
Oil heat and its equipment are both on the cutting edge of heating technology. The fuel has been transformed through sulfur reduction, blending with biofuel, and the use of advanced additives. Oil heat boilers and furnaces improve every year with the incorporation of new technologies like secondary heat exchange and modulating burners.
Oil heat is dirty
A properly adjusted and maintained oil heat system burns cleanly. Any soot created occurs only where it belongs – inside the system’s combustion chamber and flue. The liquid fuel should never be present outside the tank and the burner. And you should never smell it. If you can smell the oil, ask you oil heat dealer to check it out.
Oil tanks are a nuisance
Having a tank filled with heating oil is one of the benefits of heating with oil: independent storage and safety. When you have a supply of oil in your tank, you have less chance of supply disruption than homes heated with natural gas. Natural gas depends on uninterrupted service to keep your home warm. Any pipeline incident can cause an outage and put the home at risk.
Most heating oil comes from the Middle East
More than one-third of the heating oil we use in the US is produced domestically. Of the remaining supply, Canada produces more of our oil than all Middle Eastern countries combined.
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