If you have a heating system that burns oil, you should make informed choices about what kind of oil you use. As you consider the best way to heat your home, let’s discuss the differences between heating oil and kerosene.

Both home heating oil and kerosene come from the same source –crude oil. Crude oil goes through a refinement process which results in these two similar but different products. While both of these products can be used to heat your home, there are differences between the two oils.

Safety of Fuel Oils

Heating Oil

Heating oil may also be referred to as diesel fuel or gas oil. But unlike gasoline, heating oil cannot catch fire or explode in its liquid state. Its flash point (the temperature at which the oil ignites) is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When heating oil hits its flashpoint, it vaporizes to catch fire inside the burner of your furnace.

Because of its high flash point, heating oil is a safe fuel source for your home or business. It can be stored safely and offers the energy you need to heat your home during cold weather.

Kerosene Oil

Kerosene may also be referred to as paraffin or lamp oil (used in kerosene lamps). Kerosene takes longer to create in the distillation process than heating oils, which means that kerosene has a lower flashpoint.

Since kerosene’s flashpoint is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it has a slightly greater fire and explosion risk than heating oil.

Cost of Home Heating Oil vs. Kerosene Heating

Because kerosene is more refined than heating oil, kerosene is a more expensive product. On the other hand, heating oil is readily available, making it a cost-effective way to heat your home or business.

Other Ways to Compare Fuel Oil

Even though heating oil prices are lower than kerosene, kerosene burns cleaner. However, there’s a chance of carbon monoxide byproducts with both fuels. Therefore, every home or business that burns heating oil should prioritize adequate ventilation.

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Additionally, because kerosene has a higher viscosity, it doesn’t gel during cold months, making it easier to store outside. Those storing home heating oil outside can use an additive to prevent oil from gelling during the winter.

Depend on HOP Energy for Your Source of Safe, Inexpensive Heat for Your Home

If you live in an area where cold temperatures are typical, it’s crucial to find a reliable fuel supplier to meet your needs. Keep your family warm during the winter months by contacting your local subsidiary of HOP Energy.

Heating Oil Delivery

HOP Energy is your source of safe and affordable home heating oil delivery. Our state-of-the-art monitoring system ensures that you’ll never run out of heating oil –even if the weather turns unseasonably cold. We have a strong presence along the East Coast –including New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

HVAC Installation and Repair

Besides delivering heating oil to your home or business, we also offer HVAC repair and installation. You can depend on your local subsidiary of HOP Energy for all of your heating and cooling needs.

Learn more about our services in your area by visiting the contact page on our website.