Heating oil is a commonly used fuel in American homes that helps power everything from heating systems to air conditioners to dryers and more. And that’s just the beginning if you want to know all about a fuel that’s proven to be more efficient, reliable and environment-friendly than most other fuels. At Boyle Energy, we love sharing knowledge that helps better the homes and lives of our customers and so, here’s a listing of 15 interesting facts that will help you know more about the fuel that fuels homes all across America.
Fact 1: The Romans pioneered it
The first oil extraction techniques were devised by the Romans, but it was not until the 20th century that systematic and precise extraction became possible.
Fact 2: Oil on US soil
The first well that pumped oil from the deep reaches of US land was built in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Fact 3: The invention of the furnace
The first forced oil furnace was built in 1935 after which it became extremely popular in the US.
Fact 4: Preferred by millions
Over 18 million American households use heating oil to stay warm and comforted through freezing winters. With its rising popularity, this number is certain to witness a further upswing.
Fact 5: Don’t sip this champagne
Once it gets through the refinement process, heating oil gets a champagne tinge which is further dyed to a rosy color to distinguish it from diesel fuel.
Fact 6: One source creates them all
Heating oil comes from the same source that gives the world fuels like gasoline, kerosene, diesel and even jet fuel – crude oil.
Fact 7: Cleaner at heart
Heating oil technology has evolved over the years making today’s heating oil 90 – 95% cleaner than what it was in the 70s. Its sulfur content too has reduced by 93% since the late 80’s.
Fact 8: Faster at its job
Heating oil burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas. This enables your heating system to warm your home much quicker which also brings down your heating cost. According to the Department of Ecology, heating oil is 16% more efficient at heating than natural gas.
Fact 9: Clean, not messy
Heating oil takes away the cleaning headache that you’re likely to face with other fuels as heating oil-based systems don’t produce soot or dirt.
Fact 10: Won’t go boom
Compared to natural gas which can become explosive when mixed with air, home heating oil is safe and non-explosive.
Fact 11: Don’t pinch your nose
The fumes generated by heating oil are not harmful like other fuels, propane for instance. You also lower any chances of carbon monoxide exposure by choosing heating oil.
Fact 12: A drop in the bills
On average, heating oil prices are 2.5 to 5.5 times lower than other electric-based methods. This means, homeowners relying on heating oil spend less than homeowners with natural gas systems.
Fact 13: Always around
“We’ve run out!” This is something you’ll never hear with heating oil which is available in abundance. Unlike propane and natural gas which get scarcer in supply during winters leading to shortages.
Fact 14: No travel fuss
Heating oil is portable and can be easily delivered even to homes in rural or remote areas where other fuels simply fail to reach.
Fact 15: Celebrates more birthdays
Heating oil based systems last longer than 30 years which is almost twice the lifespan of propane and natural gas systems (15 to 20 years). A longer life also means you don’t need to think about the expense of making a replacement for a long, long time.
We trust you enjoyed learning more about America’s favorite fuel and hope that the advantages listed here will inspire you to choose a more superior fuel for your home’s needs (if you’re currently using any other fuel source). Feel free to speak to us at Boyle Energy if you’re looking for heating oil companies in Philadelphia or even oil companies in Delaware County. With over 80 years of experience in delivering oil to the doorsteps of homes and businesses and a tradition of ensuring quality, reliable and affordable service, we look forward to serving your needs with the Boyle tradition of excellence.