Heating Oil for Your Furnace or Boiler: What To Know - Resnick Energy

Heating Oil for Your Furnace or Boiler: What To Know

How oil heat makes your home warm and comfortable

heating oil sullivan countyIf you use heating oil to keep your home here in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region warm, congratulations! You have a heating fuel that gets your home warm faster than any other fuel source. And you can get that heating oil brought to your home with safe and dependable delivery by Resnick Energy!

We’ve put together some other things about heating oil you may want to know.

How is heating oil made?

Heating oil is made by refining crude oil. Crude oil is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur.

During refining, the crude oil is separated into different fractions. The lighter ones become propane, butane and other petrochemicles. The heavier fractions become gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and No. 2 home heating oil. The heaviest fractions become No. 4 or No. 6 heating oil, which is used for heating commercial or industrial buildings, schools and hospitals.

The differences between furnaces and boilers

Furnaces use air. A fan pulls exhaust air through a heat exchanger. The heated air is forced through ductwork and out through vents, to heat your home. Boilers use water or steam.

Boilers use water or steam. Hydronic boilers heat water, which travels through your home, providing heat through radiators or baseboards. The water then returns to the boiler to be reheated and sent out again. Steam boilers are less common. Water is boiled, and steam is sent through your heating system to bring heat to your radiators. The steam condenses, and those gases are vented through a side wall or chimney.

How oil heat has improved

The heating oil you get with Resnick’s heating oil delivery is not the same heating oil of a generation ago. Advances in the heating oil industry that reduced the amount of sulfur in heating oil have made heating oil more clean-burning, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

And we’re not resting on our laurels. The industry is continuing to work on innovations that will make heating oil more efficient while reducing its carbon footprint even more.

How you can make oil heating more efficient

The most important thing you can do to keep your oil heat furnace or boiler running at its peak efficiency is to get annual maintenance. And spring is a great time to do that, as service technicians have more open time slots.

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