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Is Heating Oil Safe?

Posted: August 8, 2022

Feel safe and secure with heating oil from Vaughn Oil!

oilheat safety rhode islandHeating oil has long been the preferred choice for Rhode Island residents to keep their homes warm, even with other fuel options available.

The reason for this is that home heating oil is less expensive than other fuels and heats your house much faster than any other energy source. With dependable heating oil delivery from Vaughn Oil, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with electric or natural gas heating.

However, there’s another element to consider when looking at heating oil as a fuel: safety.

Heating oil is safer than you might think. In fact, it is one of the safest fuel sources out there. Despite its name, it’s not inherently flammable. In order to be vaporized and combusted in your home boiler or furnace, heating oil must be heated to a temperature of at least 140°F.

Today’s heating oil tanks are designed with safety in mind. They’re made with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass, to ensure that they’re practically leakproof. There are built-in alarms to prevent the tank from being overfilled, reducing the danger of spills and leaks.

Even with all of this, there are still things you need to do to make sure that your oil-fired heating system and heating oil tank operate safely.

Take care of your heating system

You can prevent future issues by scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups for your home’s furnace, boiler, or burner with Vaughn Oil. Their in-depth inspection will identify any potential problems before they get worse and potentially create a hazard.

Take advantage of our affordable service plans that include a tune-up and discounts on repair services!

Pay attention to your heating oil tank

Inspect your heating oil tank regularly, and between every delivery of heating oil. Check for warning signs that the tank may soon fail, such as blisters on the paint, moisture on the outside of the tank even after a recent delivery of heating oil, or pinhole leaks. Contact Vaughn Oil if you see any of these issues to prevent an expensive and potentially dangerous heating oil tank failure.

If you find oil on the floor or ground around your tank, get in touch with us immediately.

Our Tank Secure tank protection plan is designed to protect your tank from corrosion and also provides replacement coverage.

Protect against carbon monoxide leaks

A carbon monoxide leak from a heating oil system is extremely unusual. They can, however, happen. They are especially possible if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. Contact Vaughn Oil right away if your boiler or furnace is emitting black smoke or soot. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the basement, as well as outside all bedrooms. Test and change the batteries twice a year and replace the detectors every five years.
 
Become a Vaughn Oil customer for the most reliable heating oil delivery and service in Rhode Island!