Is Heating Oil Safe?
Heating oil: the safe choice for homeowners
Some people wrongly assume that, because it has “oil” in its name, heating oil is flammable, but this is a myth. It takes an advanced high-tech burner to ignite the oil. Before combustion can occur, heating oil must first be vaporized by your oil burner at temperatures above 140°.
Heating oil has always been a standout when it comes to safety, which is why homeowners who choose heating oil tend to stick with it. While there are a lot of reasons that people feel safer with heating oil as their fuel choice, here are some things to consider:
Heating oil is very safe. In fact, if you dropped a lighted match into a bowl of heating oil, the flame would go out just as if you had dropped the match into water.
Additionally, oilheat poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. And if there is an issue, your system will alert you.
Safe and improved tanks too
Modern oil storage tanks have been designed to be virtually leakproof. Whether your oil storage tank is located in your basement or outside your home, the tank you install today is designed with corrosion-resistant materials. These tanks can last for decades!
New technology allows for remote monitoring of your fuel tank to protect against the rare event of a leak and guarantees that you will always have a sufficient supply of heating oil on hand.
Safety-wise, oilheat wins hands down
When was the last time you heard about an oil-heated home exploding? Never? In fact, heating oil has an excellent safety record, especially considering that it has been widely used for decades.
The best way to stay safe is to make sure to have your heating system tuned up every year. This will also ensure maximum performance, efficiency and savings.