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Below you’ll find helpful information and useful links specific to oil heat consumers in Pennsylvania.
Why Stay with Oil Heat?
It’s undeniably a great time to be an oil heat consumer. Prices are low, and advancements in both oil heat systems and in the fuel itself are giving consumers more and more reasons to choose oil heat for their homes.
Oil Heat Is Safe
Oil is a safe, reliable home heating fuel. Compared to other home heating fuels, oil poses far fewer safety concerns for consumers.
Non-Explosive: Heating oil is non-explosive, offering an important advantage over other common home heating fuels in terms of safety. Not only is it non-explosive, but it won’t ignite unless it’s preheated to 140 degrees, which means there is very little concern of it burning.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks Are Detectable: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is emitted from malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances, and it is extremely toxic. A malfunctioning oil heating system will emit visible warning sings, such as smoke or soot, and give off an odor to help you detect the malfunction early on. Heating systems fueled by other energy sources can emit carbon monoxide without any such warning signs, which could quickly create a dangerous scenario in your home.
Easy Maintenance: Most aboveground fuel oil tanks are easily accessible for routine preventative maintenance and emergency service. Alternatively, a fuel that is delivered to your home through a municipal underground pipeline could cause major headaches and safety concerns for you and your home; if there is ever an issue with the line, your service could be cut off until the problem is resolved.
Oil Heat Is Environmentally Friendly
Thanks to advancements in technology, both oil heat and oil heating systems have come a long way over the years.
Advancements in Heating Oil: The heating oil we use today is cleaner and greener than ever before, thanks to Bioheat®. Bioheat is a blend of traditional home heating oil with biodiesel fuel, made from soybean oil and other renewable, natural sources. It promotes better air quality by producing lower toxic emissions, and it’s virtually sulfur-free, making it an environmentally friendly option. It also burns cleaner in your heating system, allowing your system to run more efficiently, which in turn reduces your oil consumption.
Advancements in Heating Systems: Today’s oil heating systems operate far more efficiently—up to 98.5% efficient, which is 28-46% more efficient than older boiler and furnace models. Greater efficiency translates to less consumption and fewer emissions (new oil burners are close to zero emissions of smoke or combustible discharge), which not only helps the environment, but also helps save consumers money.
Oil Heat Is Here to Stay
The supply of oil heat is abundant, and prices for oil have remained low over the recent heating seasons. Industry analysts expect prices to remain low for the foreseeable future, which is great news for oil consumers.
What’s more, as the use of Bioheat fuel becomes more prevalent, our dependency on foreign oil is decreasing. Bioheat is a domestic product, and because it’s made with a diverse number of renewable resources, it’s here to stay.