heating_oilWhen you compare heating oil and natural gas, the choice is clear:

Many people in this area have to decide between heating oil and natural gas. When it comes to safety and satisfaction, heating oil is the clear winner. Here are some reasons why:

  • There is a big difference between heating oil and gas when it comes to safety. Gas is highly explosive when it is concentrated in a small space, which is exactly what can happen when a pipeline leak causes gas to enter a home or building. 
  • Oil heat poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (usually due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the furnace off. Gas systems usually do not afford you this protection.
  • Heating oil has a better record on price: heating oil is the better value. When you compare the prices of heating oil and utility gas on a BTU-for-BTU basis, you find that in 12 of the last 15 years, heating oil has been the better value in New York, and that's before you add in the extra charges that the utilities tack on to the quoted price.
  • Heating oil is now 95% cleaner than 25 years ago. In addition to that, the heating oil industry has listened to customers desires for a cleaner environment and reduced dependence of fossil fuels, and we have moved aggressively to implement excellent solutions. As use of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biofuels becomes widespread, CO2 emissions from heating oil will decrease to match those of natural gas.
  • With heating oil, you always  have a reliable supply of fuel safely stored on your property. There's no risk of losing heat due to problems with underground pipes lines.
  • Oil burners produce a white-hot flame, which has better heat-transfer properties than the colder blue flame of natural gas. A gallon of oil generates 40% more BTU's of heat than an equivalent amount of natural gas.

If you want more information about heating oil or the services we provide, please contact Valley Oil today.