Five Benefits of an Oil-Fired Central Heating System

Posted: January 20, 2020

Benefits of an oil-fired central heating system

More than 8 million smart homeowners and home builders across the country – especially here in Rhode Island and the rest of New England – continue to make heating oil their fuel of choice for their central heating systems.

Here are five reasons that make an oil-fired central heating system a great way to heat your RI home, particularly when compared to electric- or natural gas heating systems:

  1. It’s safe – Home heating oil can be ignited only by an advanced burning system in your oil burner or furnace. In fact, if you dropped a lit match in your oil tank (don’t try it!), it would go out as if you dropped it in water. Heating oil can never explode the way natural gas can.
  2. It’s clean-burning – Today’s oil heat is 95 percent cleaner than in 1970, and new oil heating systems produce almost no soot, dirt or odor. In fact, one BTU of heat produced by a new and properly serviced oil heating system releases fewer pollutants – and less carbon monoxide – than one BTU produced by natural gas.
  3. It’s energy-efficient – New oil heat boilers and furnaces range from 83 to 95 percent efficient – a big reason why upgrading your heating oil equipment to a more energy-efficient system can lower your energy costs by up to 30 percent compared to electrical heating systems.
  4. It’s cost-effective – With a higher BTU output than any other fuel source, plus longer-lasting equipment and lower maintenance fees for oil-fired heating systems, you’ll get more heating bang for your buck with heating oil in the long run than you’ll get from a natural gas or electricity-based heating system. When adjusted for inflation, the cost of the heating oil is actually cheaper than it was 30 years ago – another big win for heating oil as a home energy source.
  5. It works! – Oil-heated homes are comfortable even during the coldest Rhode Island winter days because heating oil quickly burns at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit – far higher than the heat generated by electric heat pumps.

Want to learn more about the benefits of oil-fired central heating for your new (or new to you) RI home? Contact the oil heat pros at Vaughn Oil today!