What is Heating Oil?

Written on: December 27, 2022

We’ll answer your questions about this popular, effective heating fuel

heating oil delivery connecticut In the United States today, over 5.3 million households use heating oil as their primary home heating fuel. People have been keeping their homes warm with oil for over a century, and with good reason. Heating oil is a practical, robust home comfort solution.

Seymour Oil & Propane has been the premier heating oil delivery partner in the Naugatuck Valley and nearby towns for over 20 years. These are some of the common questions we hear about this fuel.

Where does heating oil come from?

Heating oil is a liquid home heating fuel distilled from crude oil, a process that temperatures over 1,000°F! Heating oil is nearly identical to off-road diesel and is sometimes called no. 2 fuel oil.

How does heating oil differ from other fuels?

When comparing heating oil to natural gas or propane, one significant difference is that heating oil arrives in your boiler or furnace as a liquid instead of a gas. To ignite it in your system’s burner, the oil must be turned into a fine spray, mixed with air and heated to over 140°F.

Heating oil also generates more robust heat than natural gas. Heating oil produces 138,690 Btu’s per gallon, while natural gas produces 1,030 Btu’s per cubic foot. So, a single gallon of heating oil generates the same amount of heat as 135 cubic feet of natural gas!

Is heating oil safe in your home?

Heating oil is one of the safest home heating options. First and foremost, it does not explode in liquid form. If you were to drop a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, it would extinguish like it was water.

Because heating oil is a liquid fuel, it won’t create a suffocation risk in a leak. However, one concern you might have as a homeowner would be the cost of cleanup and decontamination if there is a significant tank leak. With that said, the Seymour team is always available to inspect and, if necessary, replace your heating oil tank.

Has heating oil changed over the years?

We tell new customers that our heating oil is lightyears ahead of their grandparents’ fuel. The dark smoke and soot of yesterday are long gone. Our heating oil is ultra-low-sulfur. This is better for emissions and wear and tear on your equipment. And you don’t sacrifice any comfort for this cleaner-burning fuel. Today’s oil-fired heating systems can reach fuel efficiencies in the mid-90s. You lose almost no heat energy in combustion!

If you are looking for a dependable, professional heating oil provider in western Connecticut, Seymour Oil & Propane is ready to help. We offer no-stress Automatic Delivery, so you never need to worry about running out — or even calling us for delivery. Our state-of-the-art computerized system tracks your usage based on customer history and the weather, then schedules a delivery before you run low!

To get the most reliable fuel delivery in the region, become a Seymour Oil & Propane customer today.