Is Heating Oil an Efficient Way to Heat Your Home?
Written on: October 2, 2023
Bioheat® fuel is the next stage in clean home heating.
At OSI Comfort Specialists, we appreciate that heating oil is more than a product we sell. It’s a promise of home comfort. Our heating oil delivery customers in Queens and Long Island rely on us for warmth and safety when the temperature outside is arctic.
But how clean and efficient is today’s home heating oil? The homeowners we serve want to be sure that they’re using a fuel that is good for the planet, their family and their bank account. We’re happy to report that heating oil is an extremely efficient energy source. Let’s discuss the reasons why.
Heating oil produces a lot of heat.
When it comes to heat generation, heating oil leaves other home energy sources in the dust. Heating energy is traditionally measured in British thermal units (Btu). Each Btu denotes the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of liquid water by one degree. A single gallon of heating oil can generate approximately 138,500 Btu! How do other energy sources compare? To produce that number of Btu’s, you’d need roughly 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt-hours of electricity.*
Oilheat equipment is more efficient than ever.
We know that heating oil can produce a lot of heat energy, but that energy is no good if the heat goes out of your chimney without warming your home.
Luckily, today’s oil-fired boilers and furnaces have fuel efficiencies in the 90 percent range, giving you more bang for your energy buck. The result is better comfort no matter how cold it gets and fewer heating oil deliveries. Today, oil-powered homes use about 700 fewer gallons of heating oil yearly than homes in the 1970s!
Heating oil is safe for your family.
Unlike natural gas, heating oil doesn’t present an explosion risk in its liquid form. To make this fuel combust, your heating system must vaporize it at temperatures above 140°. If you dropped a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, it would extinguish immediately.
There’s also a low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning with oilheat. If your system detects an issue, it has safety mechanisms to shut itself down and alert you.
Heating oil is eco-friendly.
Heating oil is cleaner-burning and more sustainable than ever before. At OSI Comfort Specialists, we proudly deliver Bioheat® fuel, a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and organic biodiesel made from renewable feedstocks like plant oils, animal fats and cooking grease. This fuel reduces carbon dioxide, particulate matter, sulfur oxide and mercury emissions. It’s also better for your heating equipment, lowering your maintenance costs.
OSI Comfort Specialists is your heating oil partner.
Are you looking for a New York heating oil company that you can really count on? Our team takes all the worry out of receiving clean, efficient heating oil. We offer free Automatic Delivery, so you never need to worry about running out — or even calling us for fuel.
Our team is ready to help you get the heating oil service you deserve. Become an OSI Comfort customer today.
*Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration