Surveys have shown that while heating oil customers have exceptionally high levels of satisfaction with the service they receive from their neighborhood heating oil company, most don’t realize all the ways today’s oilheat can enhance their comfort and save them money. Additionally, some people have misconceptions about the overall safety of using heating oil to keep their home warm. That’s especially true if they didn’t grow up in an oil-heated home.
The reality is, home heating oil has always had an excellent safety record in New Jersey and everywhere else. Home heating oil has been widely used for nearly 100 years!
Let’s begin by looking at flammability. Heating oil is not only biodegradable and nontoxic, it is nonflammable too. That means it cannot burn in its liquid state. Before combustion can occur, heating oil must first be vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140°.
That’s why the heating oil in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe!
With an oil tank on your property, you can always count on having a secure, on-site supply at your home. Heating oil is easily transported and handled by highly trained professionals using equipment and techniques that keep safety at the forefront.
Modern heating oil storage tanks have been designed to be virtually leak-proof. Whether your oil storage tank is located in your basement or outside your home, the heating oil tanks being installed today have been designed with corrosion-resistant materials.
A heating oil system also poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the heating oil furnace or heating oil boiler off.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that heating oil consumers shouldn’t have working carbon monoxide detectors inside their homes, especially near all bedrooms. Besides a malfunctioning boiler or furnace, there are many other sources for carbon monoxide leaks, including:
Make sure you check your carbon monoxide (and smoke) detectors regularly to confirm they operate properly! You should also review manufacturer guidelines about when to replace your detectors, which eventually wear out.
Many New Jersey heating oil companies now deliver Bioheat® fuel, which is renewable, clean, energy-efficient and exceptionally safe. And it requires no modification of your present oil heating system. Here are just a few benefits.
Modern heating oil – still the best and safest way to heat your New Jersey home! If you have any safety concerns or questions, please reach out to your New Jersey heating oil company.