What is home oil?
If you have an oil heating system already or if you’re debating about a system replacement, consider the oil heating benefits before making a switch. Home oil heating offers tangible advantages in terms of comfort, reliability and safety compared to natural gas and propane systems. Oil refineries process crude oil into various types of fuel, including home oil. Unlike fuel used for transportation, home oil is dyed red, so it stands out and is distinguishable from the taxes imposed on highway fuels. Home oil is the most common type of fuel used to heat homes in the Northeast. This is largely due to its flexibility, safety, and cost.
Why Home Oil is Important
Almost 6 million homes in the United States use home oil as their main heating fuel. In the last census, about 20% of households in the Northeast reported they used home oil as their primary heating fuel. In 2016, about 3.1 billion gallons of home oil were sold to residential consumers in the Northeast.
Benefits of Home Oil
Oil heat is the safest, most efficient means to heat you home. Fuel oil is a very stable, combustible, non-explosive product, which addresses some of the safety concerns that surround other fuels. The efficiency is a result of the high BTU content found in a gallon of oil, versus an equal measure of natural gas, propane, or electricity.
Safe and Clean
Home oil is non-explosive and can only be ignited by the advanced systems found on furnaces. It produces air that is clean to breathe. The air from the heat produced by an oil furnace is significantly cleaner than other types of heating systems, producing less than .003 of all the particulate emissions in the country. A correctly installed residential heating oil tank is no danger to the environment or to human health. It’s biodegradable, non-toxic and contains no proven cancer-causing agents. Home oil burners produce less than .003 of all the particulate emissions in the U.S., while electric, coal and wood heat are far more harmful to air quality. Oil eliminates the potential for a carbon monoxide leak. Oil doesn’t produce any harmful fumes and only combusts inside the furnace. If there is some kind of problem with your heating system, you’ll be warned far in advance of any danger by the presence of a smell, noises or visible soot.
Efficient and Economical
Modern Oil heat systems perform at 85-95% efficiency or higher. This means that for every dollar you spend on home oil, up to 95 cents worth of heat and hot water is delivered into your home. Yearly heating costs for oil are consistently lower than natural gas or electricity. The Department of Ecology indicates that oil heats 16% more efficiently than natural gas.
Because it burns at a higher temperature (300 degrees hotter than natural gas), heating your home with home oil heats your home faster than any other heating source.
28.6 million Americans depend on the comfort and savings of home oil to heat their homes. The average life expectancy of an oil heat appliance is 30 or more years if they are properly maintained. Compared to the life expectancy of a natural gas furnace ranging from 11-14 years.
Easy to Obtain
Hop Energy, with local branches in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Jersey, we are one of the largest home oil providers in the Northeast. Our size ensures fast service to our local areas and our buying power ensures competitive pricing and that we remain a leading provider of quality home oil and energy services.