It’s spring, which means it’s house-hunting time! As you’re flipping through the listings and scoping out the open houses, you may be curious about the benefits of those with home heating oil. New and seasoned homebuyers alike may not know all the ins and outs of a residential fuel oil tank, but that’s what we’re here for! Our heating professionals have put together some of the top questions, plus their answers. Keep them handy as you’re searching for your future home of choice. Happy home hunting!
Are Homes With Oil Heat Cozier Than Homes Heated With Natural Gas?
Yes they are! Since oil heat burns 400 degrees hotter than natural gas, you’ll feel the result of a cozier house that also heats up faster. And because oil heat has a higher burn temperature, it provides more of an “even” temperature in all rooms throughout the house.
Is Oil Heat Safe?
Homeowners who use oil heat can rest assured that their family and property are safe. It is not flammable – if a person dropped a lit match into a tank of heating oil, it would go out as if it were dropped in water.
Is Oil Heat Clean?
Oil heat burns 95% cleaner today than it did back in 1970. When properly adjusted and maintained, new oil heat systems do not create dirt, soot, or odors in the home. Since it is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and biodegradable, oil heat does not pose a threat to the environment.
Is Heating Oil Expensive?
Heating oil prices remain competitive and have actually been driven down since last year! Combine the lower cost of fuel with the additional benefits of an oil-burning unit, and you can see substantially lower energy bills next winter. Additionally, oil furnaces last significantly longer than other options, averaging 30 years compared to 15 years for a typical gas furnace. Moreover, a gallon of home heating oil produces more heat compared to a comparable amount of natural gas. In other words, your home heats up faster and stays warmer longer – which saves you more money over time.
Do I Need Regular Maintenance On My Oil Heat Equipment?
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), heating equipment that is maintained annually uses 13% less fuel than units that are not regularly maintained. Approximately 55% of American homeowners have their heating equipment serviced. Those that do not may experience an increase of 10-15% in fuel bills. Maintenance extends the life of your heating equipment by as much as 20-30% which can translate into 5 to 10 years of additional usage for a furnace or boiler. Approximately 75% of all emergency repairs can be avoided with regular maintenance.
Point Bay Covers All Your Commercial and Residential Fuel Oil Tank Needs
Committed to being a solution that is available around the clock for all your heating and cooling needs, we also provide 24/7 emergency service to handle any problems that arise. Call us today at (732) 349-5059 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your home or business needs.