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Benefits of oil heat
EfficientIf a system is 85% efficient, 85¢ of every dollar you spend goes to heat your home and hot water. Efficiencies of new oil equipment range from 83% to 94%.
Clean HeatOil heat systems create no observable soot, dirt, or odors in the home, when they are properly adjusted and maintained.
SafeHeating oil is non-explosive. In fact, it will not burn in a liquid state.
ComfortHomeowners who use oil heat find their homes to be warmer and cozier.
Environmentally SoundHeating oil is environmentally benign. It is non-toxic, contains no carcinogens, and is biodegradable.
EconomicalOil heat is a good value. The best way to compare energy prices in your market is to look at the price per unit of heat value (BTUs).
Is oilheat expensive?Heating oil actually costs less than it did in 1980, when adjusted for inflation, and serves about 23 million Americans in 8.6 million households.
Does oilheat produce as much energy as other fuel sources?Each gallon of heating oil contains approximately 139,000 units of thermal energy (BTUs), making it an economically competitive energy source.
Source:U.S. Energy Information Administration
Heating with oil is inefficient?Oilheating systems in use today use substantially less fuel than they did just 20 years ago. For example, an average home that used more than 1,200 gallons of heating oil in 1989 now uses only 900 gallons, or 25% less. This decrease in usage is attributable to advances in equipment efficiency and household conservation. New heating oil systems boast energy efficiency ratings from 83 to 94 percent.
Source:National Oilheat Research Alliance, America Petroleum Institute