Around 18 million households in the United States use heating oil during the winter. The majority of these homes can be found in the Northeast. With heating oil being such a prevalent source of heat for many homes in the U.S., people still are unsure about it and have questions. Here is a list of facts you may not know about heating oil.

  • Heating oil is created from the refinement of crude oil; Gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and jet fuel are also created from this process.
  • It is a very safe oil. If you were to drop a lit match into a pool of heating oil, you would expect it to combust- that is not the case. The match would extinguish as if dropped into water. In the liquid form, heating oil is non-explosive (due to its high vaporization temperature.)
  • There is a low possibility of carbon monoxide entering your home from using heating oil. Accidental inhalation of oil fumes is not fatal.
  • There is 35% more BTU’s per gallon of heating oil than natural gas.
  • Heating oil is the hottest burning oil. It will heat your home faster than any other fuel type.
  • It is 90-95% more clean than it was during the 1970’s. It’s suffer content has also been reduced 93% since the 80’s.
  • If properly maintained, new heating oil systems create no soot, dirt or odors.
  • An oil burning heating unit runs at 83-95% efficiency. On average, households use 25% less heating oil than in 1989.

Thank you to Shipley Energy for the original information. You can read more here.