While it may not feel like it now, winter is coming. Before it gets here, it’s important to consider how you will be heating your home. Think about what it cost you last year. Were you happy with the figure? Were you comfortable with the system? If you weren’t, it’s time to talk about what can be done differently, and I would like to point out a few things for you to consider, or rather one thing; oil.
FACT: Above-ground tanks are typically 250-275 Gallons! These need to be refilled more often.
When you hear the word ‘oil’ what do you think of? For many people, oil sounds like a dirty word. It is synonymous with ‘expensive,’ or ‘pollution.’ Well I’m here to tell you that oil doesn’t need to mean those things, anymore.
FACT: Underground tanks are typically 500-1,000 gallons!
While it’s true that oil is arguably one of the more expensive ways to heat your home in the winter months, the payoff comes from the longevity of the furnaces and boilers that run on oil, many of them lasting up to 30 years (and sometimes a few more) with proper yearly maintenance. Additionally, owning a furnace or boiler that runs on oil can be made less expensive by upgrading to a high efficiency system which, given their lifespan, is something you will almost always only need to do once. In those rare instances where you might need a second replacement, the warranties will often cover most, if not all of the cost.
FACT: Thermostat settings make a big difference in the rate at which your furnace burns fuel. You have more control on what you spend than you think!
It might surprise you to know this, but with today’s technology, oil is a renewable resource that burns cleanly, producing almost zero emissions. In regards to safety, it is one of the highest rated in terms of heating your home because its ignition point is 140 degrees. That temperature makes the likelihood of an explosion extremely unlikely.
If your home already runs on oil, but you aren’t sure whether it’s a high efficiency unit or not, or what your options are, don’t be afraid to schedule a tune-up and talk to your technician, or even schedule a consultation to go over options. Generally speaking, these steps can save you a lot of time and money down the road.