While there are many options when it comes to heating your home, Atillio Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers oil heating as an alternative to natural gas. Here are a few reasons why oil heating might be right for your home:
Despite global unrest and conflict, oil reserves are actually abundant. The US does not depend on oil imports from any one region and is actually the world’s 3rd largest oil producing country, according to Energy Answers Today. Our biggest supplier is Canada and half of our heating oil comes from domestic sources. Since natural gas is not renewable, the majority of reserves are not in the US, and domestic production might not be able to keep up with demand, oil heating may be a more reliable option than natural gas systems.
While some believe that oil heating is more costly than natural gas, this is in fact a misconception. Typically, it’s poor insulation combined with an old furnace, not the fuel source, which contributes to the myth that oil isn’t affordable. Oil is a stable product, meaning it is less expensive to transport. Conversion to a natural gas system is often pricey, and as demand for natural gas goes up, the cost of gas is expected to rise as well. Therefore, oil heating systems are a viable option as an affordable alternative to heating your home.
Oil heating systems also tend to be safer than natural gas. Natural gas is explosive and system leaks are the leading cause of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the American Energy Coalition. With oil heating systems, there are clear signs of malfunction like smoke and odor before releasing dangerous fumes.
While natural gas heating systems account for almost 20% of global methane emissions, oil heating systems produce virtually zero emissions, according to the American Energy Coalition. This means oil heating is better for the environment, since it doesn’t contribute to global warming. Heating oil also contains less sulfur that it once did, which helps to lower pollution in the air.
In addition to being better for the environment, oil heating systems are also more convenient than natural gas appliances. Unfortunately, gas furnaces typically have a life span of only 14 years before needing to be replaced. Oil heating systems can last upwards of 30 years when properly maintained, reducing the hassle and expense of replacing your entire heating system. These systems are also significantly cleaner than they once were, so there’s no cleanup involved.
If you would like to learn more about oil heating or are interested in having one of these systems installed in your home, contact the experts at Attilio Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (610) 277-5698 or visit AttilioPlumbing.com. You can also request service quickly on our Contact page.