Q. How can I reduce my home heating costs?A. Contact your Oilheat dealer and tell them you are looking to reduce your home heating costs. Most Oilheat dealers offer a variety of products that can drive down your costs, from a new microprocessor-based control to a replacement heating system with an efficiency rating of over 90 percent. Many homeowners can reduce costs by 30 percent to 40 percent by using fuel more wisely.
Q. Why does the price of heating oil vary from company to company?A. Oil dealers work in a free, unregulated marketplace where they are free to set their own policies and prices. Some dealers offer a relatively low per-gallon price to attract customers who are concerned primarily about price. The lowest-priced companies typically offer only fuel delivery on a cash-on-delivery basis. Other dealers offer a full range of home comfort services so that their customers can depend on them for all their home comfort needs. Those companies typically charge a higher per-gallon price to cover the cost of carrying a staff of service technicians and customer service representatives. To compare Oilheat dealers in your area, see our complete list of DVFDA Dealers.
Q. What Is Bioheat® heating oil? Can I use it in place of Oilheat?A. Bioheat® heating oil is a blend of heating oil and biodiesel made from renewable, organic materials such as soybeans and waste cooking oil. Bioheat® heating oil is approved for use in all Oilheat systems. Bioheat® heating oil burns cleaner than traditional Oilheat with lower emissions.
Q. Where does crude oil come from?A. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in October 2013, for the first time since 1995, the U.S. produced more crude oil than it imported. The top five oil producing states, by thousands of barrels, for the month of August 2013:
- Texas (82,958)
- North Dakota (28,249)
- California (17,070)
- Alaska (13,270)
- Oklahoma (9,810)
In 2012, the U.S. imported about 40% of the crude oil and petroleum products it used, the lowest annual average since 1991. The top five source countries of U.S. petroleum imports, and their percentage of net imports:
- Canada (34%)
- Saudi Arabia (18%)
- Venezuela (12%)
- Russia (10%)
- Mexico (6%)
Q. Is Oilheat harmful to the environment?A. No. Heating oil burns cleanly, and new blends are coming to market that are reducing emissions even farther. Ultra low sulfur heating oil and Bioheat® heating oil are environmentally friendly products that are helping homeowners protect the environment.
Q. Is Oilheat as safe as they say it is?A. Yes. Nothing beats the safety record of Oilheat. Fuel oil is not explosive and inhalation of fuel-oil fumes is not fatal. What's more, if you have a system malfunction, an Oilheating system will give you tell-tale signs such as smoke, odors or even soot before releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. (Gas heating systems, on the other hand, give you no warning of carbon monoxide production or release.)
Q. When is it time to upgrade to a new heating system?A. Studies show older Oilheat equipment is not as effective as more efficient modern units - systems installed before 1990 could be burning up to 30% more fuel than necessary. New oil equipment has higher average fuel utilization efficiencies and burns much cleaner. Look for these signs that your current system might need an upgrade:
- Uneven heating throughout your home
- Time lag between turning the heat on and actually feeling it
- More frequent breakdowns and service calls
- Rising energy bills even when you turn the temperature down
- Signs of smoke or soot
With a new heating system payback could be less than 3 years. Ask your dealer to perform an analysis to see what is best for your home comfort and heating system.