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Advantages Of Oil Heat

Over 13 million homes and businesses across
North America rely on oil-fired heat and hot water.
We would like you to know why.

Economically Smart!Oil Heat Is ECONOMICALLY SMART!

Did you know that oil is actually less expensive than it was ten years ago? That's right. As time moves on, nearly everything we use goes up in price. Yet oil heat remains a constant, incredible bargain over the higher prices of natural gas, proving to be the most affordable heating option available.

Heating oil prices are 2.5 to 5.5 times lower than electricity. Converting from gas to oil heat can substantially reduce energy costs as older gas heaters frequently operate at less than 70% efficiency.

While the installed cost of an electric heat system may look attractive, the annual operating costs quickly exceed any first time savings. In the majority of cases, converting to efficient oil heat offers a very good payback.

The best way to compare energy prices is to calculate the price per BTU, a unit of heating value, for each fuel.

Oil remains the best energy value with the lowest cost per BTU of any fuel.

S    Heating Oil contains 138,690 BTUs per gallon

S    Natural Gas has 100,000 BTUs per therm. It takes 1.4 therms to equal      heat content of one gallon of heating oil.

S    Kerosene has 131,890 BTUs per gallon; 1.05 gallons equals the heat content of one gallon of heating oil.

S    Propane has 91,500 BTUs per gallon; 1.52 gallons equals the heat of one gallon of heating oil.

S    Electricity has 3,413 BTUs per kilowatt hour (kwh); 40.6 kwh equals the heat content of a gallon of heating oil. 

Energy prices can vary widely across the country and the price of energy in the region where you live is the most dominant influence on total heating costs. Stephenson Oil Company can provide you with the information to accurately compare energy prices in your area.

Efficient!Oil Heat Is EFFICIENT!

In the old days, oil burners were known to be inefficient combusters. But thanks to breakthrough technology, modern oil heating systems   are high-efficiency, low emission combusters that give you more for your oil heating dollar.

There are may ways to compare heating system efficiency. The most widely accepted measure is the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).

Using this benchmark, today's oil heat appliances offer energy efficient ratings of 83% to 94% or higher. This means that 83 to 94 cents of every dollar spent on fuel goes to heating the house and the hot water used in it. The balance is exhausted through your chimney or flue exhaust.  

The average gas unit sold has an AFUE in the low 80’s, while ratings on individual gas units vary from 78% to 95%.

While the high end efficiency of some natural gas systems may look attractive, they exhibit higher water vapor in the exhaust than an oil heat system- which can be corrosive to the heating unit.

Electric heat is inefficient because nearly two-thirds of the heat value of the fuel is lost in the generation and transmission. With Oil heat, you create usable heating energy right at your house and distribute it throughout your home.

Clean!Oil Heat Is CLEAN!

Modern oil heat systems are among the cleanest of combustion devices. The efficiency of new oil burners means that oil heat produces near zero levels of smoke and combustion discharge. Residential oil burners produce less than one-third of one percent (.003) of total particulate emissions in the U.S. each year making today’s oil heat 95% cleaner than it was in 1970.

While emissions from residential gas burners are about the same as from equivalent size oil burners, consider the power plant creating the electricity may be giving off significant emissions through combustion by-products.

Safe!Oil Heat is SAFE!

Oil, gas, and electric heat all have commendable safety records when the equipment is installed properly and maintained regularly. However, equipment malfunctions can  still occur. Should that situation arise, oil heat offers important safety advantages:

Heating oil is non-explosive. With oil, a leak in the supply line will not generate an explosive hazard. The same cannot be said of propane or natural gas.

When natural gas or propane leaks, an explosive mixture of air and fuel forms rapidly.

Heating oil will not burn in a liquid state. If you were to place a lit match into a vial of heating oil, the match would be extinguished because heating oil in liquid form is well below its flash point of 140°F, the temperature at which it begins to vaporize in order to fire inside a burner.

By contrast, natural gas and propane will burst into flames when mixed with air if a match is struck in their presence.

In addition, the risk of exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide is substantially less with oil heat than natural gas, propane or wood heat. 

An oil system will warn you with smoke, soot or an odor before releasing dangerous and invisible carbon monoxide. Gas heat equipment gives no warning of the production of this toxic gas.

Environmentally Friendly!Oil Heat Is Environmentally Sound!

Today’s homeowners are aware of the importance of environmental protection. This is yet another reason to choose oil heat. It’s not only the best for homeowners – it’s the best for our planet as well.

Oil heat has the least environmental impact of any type of space heating and hot water fuel. It is environmentally benign because it is non-toxic, contains no carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), and is biodegradable.

Competitor innuendoes and exaggerated media reports that depict heating oil as an environmental hazard are unjustified.

Residential oil tanks do not present a threat to human health or the environment. And a properly installed and maintained tank can last for decades.

Comfortable!Oil Heat Is CLEAN!

One of the main things consumers want in their home is comfort and oil heat will give them this and the security they deserve.

Using heating oil means you can keep your supply of fuel on your own property. Regardless of how cold it gets, you’ve got “heating insurance.” On the other hand, in very cold weather natural gas customers can find themselves out of heat due to severe drop in gas line pressure.

Using heating oil also means you will stay cozy and warm. An oil heat flame burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, heating your home and water faster than any other heating source ever could.

Reliable!Oil Heat Is RELIABLE!

Stephenson Oil Company maintains our oil storage facility so we can supply the oil you need – when you need it. Not only that, but we also have multiple wholesale supply sources to ensure uninterrupted distribution.

With over 36 oil-producing countries, the United States is not dependent on any one region. Total proven reserves are about 60% higher than they were in 1985. All of this makes oil the dependable heating fuel of choice.