What Are the Benefits of Heating Oil?

Heating oil may seem like an old fashioned option for home heat, as many older homes are equipped with oil furnaces and storage tanks. However, heating oil is still one of the most popular heating fuels for a variety of reasons. What are some of the benefits of heating oil?


Clean Burning

Heating oil is a clean burning fuel. It produces significantly less soot than in years past. And its greenhouse gas emissions are so small and insignificant that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t regulate the emissions for heating oil. Current oil furnace systems even reburn oil, further reducing its emissions and improving efficiency.



Heating oil can save you money in a variety of ways. For one, you get more heat out of a smaller amount of heating oil than you do from natural gas. Heating with oil is a wise financial choice for your home.



As stated above, you can get a lot of heat out of a small amount of heating oil. Oil burns 300 degrees hotter than natural gas, meaning a single gallon of heating oil offers 125,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units, the standard unit of measurement for home heat). Natural gas comes in around 20,000 BTUs per pound, making it significantly less efficient. Since the early 1970s, heating oil has become 95% more efficient thanks to advancements in technology.



Heating oil is extremely safe. You can store it safely inside or outside of your home. There are no carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) in oil. It won’t burn in liquid form, as it must be converted to a vapor by your furnace before it can be burned to create heat. Leaks are uncommon, but easy to detect as heating oil is stored as a liquid.


In Supply

Don’t believe the myth that heating oil is no longer available. Heating oil is a petroleum based product that is still commonly processed. Supplies far surpass the demand for oil, which also helps the price per gallon stay within a reasonable range.


Oil Furnaces Last a Long Time

Another benefit to heating oil is that oil furnaces last longer than other types of furnaces, like natural gas furnaces. Oil furnaces have been known to last for 30 years or more, where others need to be replaced after an average of 10 to 15 years.


Heating Oil Delivery is Convenient

Heating oil is delivered directly to your home and stored in a tank on your property. Whenever you need a refill you can schedule a delivery, or sign up for automatic deliveries from your heating oil supplier. Your supplier can calculate how much heating oil your home will need and schedule refills accordingly to ensure you never run out.


Berico is Your Local Heating Oil Provider

Berico has been providing heating fuel and home comfort services to Greensboro and the surrounding area since 1924. If you want reliable service and automatic refills to ensure you never run out of heating oil, Berico is your supplier. Berico also provides yearly furnace maintenance as well as air conditioning services.


Call (336) 273-8663 today or request fuel delivery.