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Is Heating Oil Still a Good Way to Heat a Home?

Oil heating equipment is more efficient and eco-friendly than ever!

oilheat system Denville, nj Households have been staying warm and comfortable with heating oil for roughly a century — just about as long as Dixon Energy has served customers in Morris, Somerset, Union and Sussex Counties.

While heating oil is a time-tested energy source, it’s still worth considering whether it’s still a good way to heat your home. There are more home heating alternatives than ever for New Jersey homes. But heating oil still has some distinct advantages.

1. Superior heat generation

First, let’s consider heating oil’s amazing heat generation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one gallon of heating oil can produce 138,500 Btu (British thermal units) of heat energy. To create the same amount of heat, you would need about 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt hours of electricity.

If you’re considering converting to another energy source for your home heating, we recommend you talk to us first. Conversions to electric or natural gas equipment can have considerable upfront costs, and there’s rarely a guarantee that you’ll see energy cost savings to quickly defray those expenses.

2. Efficient furnaces and boilers

Not only is heating oil an effective fuel for generating heat, but the boilers and furnaces that use it are more efficient than ever. Today’s oil-fired heating equipment can have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings in the 90s. That means that almost all the heating oil you consume goes to keeping your family warm, and very little is wasted.

This is a big improvement on yesterday’s oil heating systems. On average, today’s heating equipment consumes 500 fewer gallons of fuel annually than systems did in the 1970s.

3. Cleaner operations

Home heating oil is greener and cleaner than the fuel your grandparents used. Gone are the days of black smoke and soot. Modern heating oil is ultra-low sulfur, with a sulfur content of 15 ppm (parts per million), down from roughly 4,000 ppm in earlier fuels. This is great for the environment, and it also slows wear and tear on your equipment, lowering maintenance costs.

4. Energy independence

When your home’s heating depends on natural gas, a utility issue can leave your entire neighborhood cold on a winter night. But that’s not the case with heating oil. An on-site heating oil tank is an energy source you control, and with a dependable heating oil delivery partner like Dixon Energy, you’ll never be out of fuel.

Let the Dixon Energy team safeguard your home heating.

Oil-heated homes across northern New Jersey trust Dixon Energy to keep their boilers and furnaces humming all winter long. Our free automatic heating oil delivery service frees you from needing to check your tank gauge and eliminates runout risks.

Additionally, you can trust our technicians to provide expert heating system maintenance, which will improve your equipment’s efficiency, reduce breakdowns and extend the system’s life expectancy.

To arrange a heating system tune-up or heating oil delivery, get in touch with the Dixon Energy team .