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Fuel oil is not explosive, nor is inhaling its fumes fatal, unlike natural gas.
Oil heat allows you to control your own personal supply stored on your own property. Some areas are confined to a single provider for natural gas.
Oil heats homes more quickly and provides more even, efficient heat. Oil creates 140,000 BTU's of heat per gallon, while a gallon equivalent of natural gas produces 100,000 BTU's.
Today's heating oil is 95% cleaner than it was in 1970. Oil burner emissions have been reduced to near zero levels, boasting efficiency ratings over 95%
- Maintain your heating system. Have it cleaned and checked by a professional annually, and change filters regularly.
- Adjust thermostats to 65 degrees during the day and 55 during sleeping hours or when the home is unoccupied.
- Replace old thermostats with programmable thermostats.
- Open drapes and blinds on the south side of your home during sunny days, close them at night and on cloudy days.
- Do not block registers and hot water radiators.
- Place foil-covered cardboard between cast iron hot water radiators and the wall to reflect the heat into the room and away from the wall.
- Install storm doors and windows. The space they create makes an excellent insulator.
- Have adequate insulation throughout the house and around your hot water heater.
- Seal cracks and holes around windows and doors.