Written on: September 4, 2023
There have been a lot of changes in homes over the last several decades. There is a greater interest in energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
What may surprise you is that heating oil has changed as well, becoming cleaner and greener while still being an outstanding way to keep your New Hampshire home warm, safe, and comfortable!
Johnny Prescott is the Greater Concord area’s leader for dependable heating oil delivery, heating oil tank services, and expert oil-fired heating equipment installation and service.
Lower sulfur content: Today’s heating oil is dramatically different than it was just a generation ago. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). As a result, the heating oil you receive today is of exceptional quality, with an ultra-low sulfur content. At just 15 parts per million, it is a significant improvement compared to the previous standard of roughly 4,000 ppm. This remarkable reduction greatly benefits air quality, making it a fantastic choice for all.
Biofuels: Another dramatic change in heating oil is the introduction of biofuels. Heating oil is progressively integrating biofuel as an alternative to petroleum. Biofuel is derived from organic and recycled sources such as used cooking oil, inedible corn oil, soybeans, animal fats, and even algae. This innovative approach not only promotes sustainability but also ensures the efficient utilization of resources. By combining ultra-low sulfur heating oil with biofuel, you get a remarkably clean-burning product that effectively reduces emissions of carbon, mercury, and particulate matter. In fact, a heating oil blend containing 20% biofuel burns even cleaner than natural gas. This innovative approach not only enhances environmental sustainability but also ensures optimal heating efficiency.
Cleaner burning: The introduction of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesels have also made a dramatic difference to your home’s oil-fired heating system for the better! Today’s heating oil leaves fewer deposits in your heating system, which help it be more efficient, lowering your energy costs. Thanks to fewer deposits, there is less wear on your heating equipment, leading to fewer breakdowns and repair bills, and an extended life expectancy for your furnace or boiler!
Fast, even heating: Despite these outstanding advancements in heating oil technology, its heating power remains unchanged. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a single gallon of heating oil produces approximately 138,500 Btu. In comparison, it takes 135 cubic feet of natural gas to generate the same amount of heat. In fact, heating oil makes your home warmer faster than any other energy source!
Safety: Heating oil helps to ensure your family’s safety as it doesn’t pose the risk of explosion like natural gas does. Imagine dropping a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, it would extinguish just like when dropped in water. To ignite, heating oil requires a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, causing it to vaporize. This is precisely what the burner in your furnace or boiler accomplishes.
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