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When The Weather Outside Is Frightful: 7 Benefits Of Home Heating Fuel

by Jacob Scott

As New England residents probably already know, home heating fuel is nothing short of necessary in the cold winter months. If you've just moved to the northeast, or live in a place that's just as cold and are looking to set up a home heating system, consider these ten benefits that will help you warm up to the idea of using home heating fuel.

  1. There's no argument here--home heating oil is really safe. In fact, it doesn't even burn as a liquid, so there's no need to worry about accidental fires. Even if you were to drop a match into a home heating oil solution, it would be put out immediately.
  2. Not only is it safe, but it's also extremely hot. Heat from No. 2 oil is significantly hotter than alternative heating methods such as natural gas or electricity, so you can ditch the extra blankets and still be warm and cozy.
  3. There aren't any negative health effects, either. Unlike heating oil used in the mid-20th century, modern home heating oil burns clean, so you don't have to worry about causing significant air pollution, no matter how much oil you use.
  4. While heating oil isn't a renewable resource, there is always plenty to go around. The United States has hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in reserve, and it's far from being the only oil-producing country. No matter how cold it gets, you can rest assured there will be heating oil to keep you warm.
  5. Home heating oil is cheap too. While natural gas providers don't often have a lot of competition in a given area, the opposite is true for companies that provide heating oil. This means that even when supply stays the same, oil prices are low and the customers are happy.
  6. It's better for the environment than you might think. Many natural gas companies utilize controversial methods, such as hydraulic fracturing, in which drilling mechanisms inject a mix of sand, water and chemicals into the ground to gain access to natural gas reserves.
  7. If you heat your home with gas, you won't get any warning about a carbon monoxide leak from the gas equipment itself. With a home heating oil system, you'll see soot or smoke before anything bad happens, giving you time to fix the problem.

So if you're in need of a home heating system, consider heating oil as a safe, affordable and efficient alternative.