Heating Oil: Frequently Asked Questions

Safety, Efficiency, Bioheat® Fuel and More

heating oil new jersey Here are answers to some common questions you may have about home heating oil.

Is Heating Oil Considered a Clean-Burning Fuel?

Yes. The heating oil industry continues its commitment to fight climate change by improving both efficiency and cleanliness. This is in large part due to the combination of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and Bioheat® fuel. This is a blend of premium biofuels made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant cooking oils, algae, and plant oils.

Bioheat fuel is made from locally sourced products, which aids in reducing waste within our communities. As ultra-low sulfur Bioheat fuel becomes more widespread in the future, home heating oil will move closer and closer to becoming a carbon-neutral fuel.

Bottom line: the quality of your heating oil has a big impact on how efficiently your boiler or furnace operates and how long your equipment lasts. That’s why your New Jersey heating oil company provides the cleanest fuel possible with each heating oil delivery. It’s better for the environment and better for your heating system.

Do I Need to Change My Equipment to Use Bioheat Fuel?

No. Most major heating system manufacturers accept Bioheat fuel as covered under their warranties for use, and you won’t need to make any changes to your furnace, boiler, or oil storage tank to use it. Performance standards for Bioheat fuel have been approved by ASTM International, an organization that sets industry standards for fuels and lubricants.

Is Heating Oil a Safe Way to Heat My Home?

Absolutely. First, heating oil cannot burn in its liquid state. Before combustion can even occur, heating oil must first be vaporized into a finer mist by your oil burner at temperatures above 140°.

Second, the fuel you have stored in your heating oil tank right now is very safe because it can’t explode. In fact, if you were to drop a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, the flame would go out, just as if you dropped the match into water.

Third, unlike natural gas, a heating oil system poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner ever malfunctions, you’ll most likely see smoke and the safety devices will shut the furnace or boiler off.

Fourth, the advent of Bioheat® fuel has made home heating oil even safer. That’s because Bioheat fuel has a higher flash point, also known as ignition temperature. It’s just one more thing that New Jersey homeowners who use Bioheat fuel can feel good about.

Is Heating Oil More Efficient than Natural Gas?

Yes. Oil generates nearly 140,000 Btu of heat for every gallon burned and warms a home evenly and efficiently. An equivalent amount of natural gas only produces about 100,000 BTU of heat.

This is because the flame in a heating oil system burns much hotter than other energy systems. This produces more heat and warmer air or water, which leads to evenly distributed heat throughout the house. So, when the outdoor temperatures are in the single digits, that powerful heat output can help keep your home as cozy as ever.

Technology has also brought great improvements in heating oil equipment efficiency that has reduced annual fuel consumption by as much as 40%. This has saved oil heat consumers a lot of money on fuel.

Read more about how much you can save on fuel with a new furnace or boiler installation.