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The number one goal for an energy source is efficiency. You want a heating fuel that will make the most heat while consuming the least amount of fuel. This is the very definition of efficiency, and heating oil achieves it. When comparing heating oil to other sources of energy for creating heat, a small amount of oil makes a significant amount of heat. It is more efficient than electricity, and it also outperforms natural gas and propane when you compare their heat output per gallon. Heating oil is more effective and efficient than natural gas and electricity. Fuel oil burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, offering an impressive energy content of 125,000 BTU per gallon. Furthermore, propane, its closest rival, offers 84,250 BTU per gallon. Natural gas only offers 20,160 BTU per pound. Therefore, heating oil burns much hotter than its counterparts and is an extremely efficient source of heat.
Heating oil is not explosive. It only burns via a complex system that oil furnaces use to convert the oil into heat. It is non-toxic and won’t pollute the soil or groundwater if it leaks or spills. Storage of residential tanks poses no threat to health or the environment, and tanks that are properly maintained can last for decades. Heating oil is nontoxic, contains no carcinogens, and is biodegradable.
In fact, the heating oil industry has cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 33% over the last four decades.
A major advantage of oil is that it burns hot, hotter than other fuels. This creates a cozy, radiating warmth that lasts longer, helping your home to feel comfortable and maintain its temperature each time the furnace runs. Not all energy sources create the same feeling of comfort in your home. Heating oil burns much hotter than its counterparts and is an extremely efficient source of heat.
The availability of heating oil is another benefit. Some energy sources, such as natural gas, are not available everywhere. Rural areas and homes that are not in housing developments are often not set up with natural gas sources. Heating oil can be delivered anywhere. It can be stored on your property in an above-ground or underground tank.