Would you consider yourself to be a bit of an expert in the field of home heating oil? If you recently changed your central heating system from natural gas to oil then you probably have done your research, but for those of you still in the dark about it, here are the 6 home heating oil facts to know. Be better prepared to make decisions about how to heat your home with these facts and myth busters.
- Home heating oil is not destroying the environment
One of the biggest myths surrounding home heating oil in Ireland is that its emissions are destroying the environment, or that it is a ‘dirty’ fuel source, however this is simply not true anymore. Many advancements in cleaner, greener fuels have produced bio fuels, which release minimal emissions into the air, and therefore it burns cleaner than it would have done 20 years ago.
- Heating oil is very safe
Many people fear that home heating oil is very dangerous, however in its liquid form it is non-explosive – it needs to be ignited with a burner (your boiler) to create the heat you need for your home. Similarly, you can’t accidentally set your oil tank on fire with a lit match – if dropped into an oil tank the match will simply go out.
- Home heating oil systems are very robust
Your boiler is linked to your home heating fuel source – so a gas boiler can only be used for natural gas, and an oil boiler can only be used with home heating oil. Oil boilers are very durable, as long as you look after them and get them serviced. Many will last 20 years after being initially installed, however, as they get older they are unlikely to be as energy efficient as newer models.
- Home heating oil supplies are not going to run out
People in Ireland believe the myth that reserves of home heating oil are dwindling, but the fact is that they are very healthy, with new sources of oil being discovered all the time. If you are thinking about changing your oil central heating system to gas because it is more readily available, we would advise you against this as home heating oil is set to be around for many more years to come.
- You will waste heating oil by not servicing your boiler
One of the most useful home heating oil facts to know is that your home heating oil will be used more efficiently when your boiler is serviced and working at its best. It needs serviced one a year to remove any residue build up, dirt or grime that could be slowing it down. It’s also essential to get it checked to make sure that it’s in safe working order.
- Home heating oil is not as expensive as you think
If you’re worried about the cost of home heating oil, the fact is that it’s a very economical way to heat your home. Unlike with natural gas, you control how much you buy and therefore how much you pay for, and we’ll always give you a great deal. Prices of domestic oil will always fluctuate as they are heavily influenced by external factors, however it still remains the most popular way to heat your home affordably.