Safety is often a major concern for homeowners when choosing a heat source. Malfunctioning heat sources can endanger homeowners’ families and property. Propane and natural gas can cause explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners who choose oil heat need not worry about dangerous malfunctions. Oil heat is one of the safest heat sources available to New Jersey homeowners. You can rest easy knowing that oil heat is clean, efficient, and—most importantly—safe. Here are three ways using oil heat delivers peace of mind for you and your family:
Liquid Oil Heat Will Not Ignite or Explode
Homeowners who choose oil heat avoid the risk of fires and explosions. Heating oil will not ignite in its liquid state. Before it will ignite, it must be vaporized, which begins to occur at about 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, oil heat furnaces require a special burner to vaporize and ignite liquid heating oil. Therefore, the risk of starting a fire with liquid heating oil is virtually nonexistent. Similarly, oil heat cannot leak explosive vapors. Propane and natural gas tanks can easily leak dangerous gas if they malfunction. Heating oil is stored in its liquid form, so a leak will not cause dangerous gasses to fill a home. Natural gas leaks are very dangerous, and they can cause devastating explosions. Such explosions do not occur in homes heated with oil heat.
Modern Systems Are Built to Last
Homeowners using oil heat can rely on their furnaces and tanks to function safely for many years. Modern oil heat tanks and furnaces are safe and dependable. A properly maintained oil heat system can function safely for up to 30 years. Built with materials like fiberglass and steel, oil tanks are durable and weather-resistant. Weather resistance means tanks can be stored outdoors, where they can be inspected and refilled easily. Furthermore, tanks can easily be inspected for malfunction. Heating oil is safe and non-explosive; and regular maintenance and inspections can relieve any doubts about oil heat safety. In addition to ensuring oil heat safety, regular maintenance can also extend the life of an oil heat furnace by a decade.
Oil Heat Systems Have Clear Warning Signs of Malfunction
If an oil heat system malfunctions, homeowners will know before the malfunction becomes dangerous. Ordinarily, today’s systems are clean, producing very little dirt or soot. In the rare case that an oil heat furnace releases smoke or soot, a homeowner will know something is wrong. These warning signs are clearly visible, and allow homeowners to identify a malfunction early on. Early warning signs mean homeowners using oil heat can call in a professional before carbon monoxide emissions reach a dangerous level. Natural gas furnaces do not emit visible warnings of malfunction. Homeowners using natural gas cannot always recognize a problem, which can lead to explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. Oil heat consumers need not worry about a dangerous malfunction going unnoticed.