Does it really burn hotter? Get the Facts on Home Oil Heat

Home Oil HeatHome oil heat is used by many Americans to heat their homes; it is a cost-effective, efficient, clean and safe fuel that has been used for years to keep families warm all winter long. Of the 111 million households in the United States, approximately 8 million use oil heat for the home as their main heating fuel. Of those 8 million, 6.4 million households, or approximately 80 percent, are located in the Northeast region of the country, including New Jersey.

Facts About Home Oil Heat

Take a look at some facts about oil heat for the home and its numerous benefits for you and your family:

Cost Savings

  • Heating oil produces the hottest flame of any home heating fuel (400 degrees hotter than gas). This allows it to warm your house faster and uses less fuel to do it. Yes, it does really burn hotter.
  • Home oil heat is at a four-year-low. Moreover, it is less expensive today than it was 20 years ago, when adjusted for inflation.
  • By upgrading your heating systems, you can save up to 40% on fuel costs each year, offering you a potential payback from your system upgrade in under five years.


  • Modernizations in heating equipment and conservation means that an average consumer who used 1,200 gallons of home oil heat in 1989 now only has to use 800 gallons. That’s 25% less!
  • To gain even more efficiency and decrease emissions, state environmental agencies are working with the oil heat industry to cut sulfur content from 1,500 parts per million to 15 parts per million by 2018.


  • Home oil heat burns approximately 95% cleaner than it did back in 1970. Since then, the heating oil industry has cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one third.
  • Today, residential oil burners produce less than one-third of one percent of total U.S. particulate emissions.
  • Modern home oil heat systems produce near-zero levels of emissions of smoke or combustible discharge and the most recent introductions of Bioheat have lowered these emissions even more.
  • New EPA emission ratings affirm that oil burners are one of the cleanest combustion sources available in the United States.


  • Oil heat is non-toxic, contains no carcinogens and is biodegradable.
  • It will not burn in a liquid state. For example, if you drop a match into heating oil it will go out as if dropped into water.
  • Before it will ignite or burn, heating oil must be vaporized; it will not burn in a liquid state. Heating oil takes an advanced high-tech burner to ignite; heated above 140 degrees.
  • Oil heat for the home is non-explosive, making it much less volatile that other fuels.

Long Lasting

  • The average life expectancy of an oil heat appliance could be 30 or more years… if properly maintained of course.
  • Newer oil-fueled heating systems boast 95% efficiency ratings.


Given how clean, safe, and efficient home heating oil is, it is no wonder why so many households in Monmouth County, New Jersey use it to heat their homes. Give us a call at (732) 349-5059 to find out more about the benefits of oil heat for the home.