Heating oil has been keeping homes like yours here in Sullivan, northern Orange, and eastern Ulster counties warm, safe, and comfortable for close to 100 years!
Much has changed since then, including heating oil itself. But it still remains the best fuel for heating your home. Here are four reasons why.
Today’s oil heating systems have advanced in technology and efficiency that can help you save big on your energy costs. Efficiency ratings are as high as 95%, meaning that for every dollar you spend on heating oil, 95 cents of it goes right back into heating your home.
Heating oil today is vastly different than heating oil just a generation or two ago. Most heating oil delivered today is ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO), which makes it much more efficient. For every gallon of heating oil burned, nearly 140,000 Btu’s of heat are produced. That’s the equivalent of about 70,000 60-watt light bulbs! And ULSHO is better for your heating system, because it leaves fewer deposits on the heat registers, creating less wear on the parts. That leads to fewer breakdowns, fewer big repair bills, and a longer life for today’s heating systems.
Did you know that heating oil cannot burn in its liquid state? It must be vaporized by your oil burner at temperatures over 140˚ Fahrenheit for combustion to happen. It also can’t explode. Drop a lit match into heating oil, and it would be extinguished like if you’d dropped it into water. And safety devices in todays oil-fired home heating systems typically shut the furnace or boiler off in the event that the oil burner malfunctions. That greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Today’s ultra-low sulfur heating oil produces almost zero particulate emissions. That means you are greatly reducing your home’s carbon footprint without have to sacrifice even a smidge of comfort! Thanks to ULSHO and the continued development of biofuels, the heating oil industry remains on track to reach its goal of net zero emissions by the year 2050.
You may be surprised to know that the United States is close to becoming a net exporter of oil and not a net importer. That’s because there has been a huge increase in domestic crude oil production over the last several years, with the objective of better control of oil prices. In fact, the majority of heating oil used in the U.S. is refined domestically.