Few sources of energy for the home are as misunderstood as heating oil. There are a lot of common misconceptions surrounding oil; which can deter people from choosing to heat their home using this method. Here is a brief guide, outlining the facts of using systems for your home… and debunking some of the myths!
Home heating oil: The Facts
1. It’s not dangerous.
Firstly, a fact. Any heating system has the potential to be dangerous, regardless of how it is fuelled. If the system is not properly maintained, serviced and looked after, then it can present a danger in the home.
However, with the right care and attention, is not dangerous. If stored correctly, it poses no threat to anybody; though it is important to ensure that your tank is checked regularly for leaks. If your boiler is regularly serviced by a qualified heating engineer, then your heating oil system is no more hazardous than any other form of heating.
2. It’s not expensive.
Another common misconception is that oil is expensive, and as a result, it’s not cost effective to heat your home using a system. This simply isn’t the case. Unlike other fuels, oil prices are in continual fluctuation; which can sometimes result in raised prices, but can also mean low prices too.
Most savvy oil heating system owners tend to buy in bulk when rates are good, and purchase less when prices are higher. Indeed, those who use oil to heat their houses are particularly delighted at present, as oil prices are remarkably low, and they are making significant savings on their heating bill. There are also several other ‘tricks of the trade’ to ensure you keep your heating costs down.
3. It’s not bad for the environment.
When it comes to the environment, oil really does get a bad press. However, when compared to the emissions released by a gas boiler, oil boilers actually produce less harmful CO2. Many people who heat their home using oil also form buying groups with neighbours; which reduces CO2 emissions from tanker delivery.
4. It’s efficient.
Do you think home oil is inefficient? You’re not the only one. In fact, this is one of the most common misconceptions about oil, with many people believing that their home heating oil prices are too high, given the amount of energy generated.
The fact is that oil tends to produce more energy than other fuels, when measured using the same quantity. Obviously, it is difficult to compare fuels precisely, as they take a variety of forms; but the fact is that oil actually releases a lot more heat than other forms of fuel, and is very efficient (providing the system is well maintained).
Home heating oil from Value Oils
To find out more about heating oil and how it can heat your home efficiently and effectively, simply get in touch with the Value Oils team today, by calling us on 0905 88 90 100.