Americans have been using heating oil to heat their homes since the 1920s – yet it remains a poorly understood fuel. Here are a few of the more common misconceptions about heating oil – along with the facts to set the record straight.
Myth 2: Oil heat is inefficient. Fact: Heating oil provides more heat per gallon than any other fuel (about 137,000 BTUs vs. 95,000 BTU for propane, for example).
Myth 3: Oil heat is dangerous. Fact: If you dropped a lit match into a pool of heating oil, it would do exactly the same thing as if you had dropped it in water. That’s because heating oil must first be heated to 140 degrees and then turned into a vapor in order to burn it – unlike natural gas or gasoline, which can be volatile even at room temperature.
Myth 5: Heating Oil supplies are running out. Fact: New oil deposits are being discovered every day – while there is a theoretical limit to how much oil we can discover, practically speaking there is no end in sight.
Myth 6: Most home heating oil comes from the Middle East. Fact: About 38 percent of the heating oil we use in the US is produced domestically; of the remaining supply, Canada produces more of our oil than all Middle Eastern countries combined.