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5 Benefits of Using Oil Heat

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

5 Benefits of Using Oil Heat

If you are considering switching to oil heat or are contemplating buying a house that uses oil as its primary source of heating fuel, you will be happy to hear that oil has several benefits as a source of heating fuel. Some of the benefits of oil heat are:

  • It is very safe: Oil is one of the safest heating fuels available as it will only ignite when it is in the combustion chamber of your furnace or boiler. It needs to reach a high temperature (over 500 degrees) and to be under high pressure before it ignites. You can drop a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, and all that will happen is the match will extinguish.

  • It is clean-burning: The heating oil used today is designed to be clean-burning. In most states, the only type of heating oil now in use is ultra-low sulfur heating oil, meaning it has a sulfur content below 15 parts per million.

  • It is budget-friendly: When you use heating oil in your home, you get a certain amount delivered all at once. SMO Energy gives you the option of signing up for a SmartPay program, which divides up the cost of heating oil, your tank lease and any service agreements you have with us into monthly payments. You can get better control over your budget and avoid surprise energy bills during the winter months using our payment plans.

  • Heating systems that use oil have long lifespans: Another benefit of using oil to heat your home is that furnaces and boilers that use oil as their fuel source tend to have longer lifespans than other types of heating systems. Your oil-burning furnace may stay in good working condition for up to 15 to 20 years with preventative maintenance and regular tune-ups. However, like all heating systems, they start to lose efficiency over time and become more expensive to operate as they get older. We recommend replacing any heating equipment in your home every 15 to 20 years.

  • It is available in remote areas: Unlike fuels like natural gas where the supply is limited to the location of the gas lines, oil heat is available just about anywhere. Oil heat is an excellent option as long as you have room on your property for an oil tank and can provide access to a delivery driver to reach the tank to fill it up.


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