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How Heating Oil Has Changed in 50 Years

Today’s Heating Oil Has a Tiny Carbon Footprint

heating oil woodbridge twp, nj When you talk about heating oil, most people have an image of thick, black, toxic sludge. The thing is, that’s an outdated and inaccurate idea of today’s home heating oil. In just the last few decades, advances in the refining process have resulted in a fuel that burns 95% cleaner than it did in the 1970s. In fact, the heating oil in your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore.

One of the biggest changes in heating oil in recent years has been the development of ultra-low sulfur heating oil blended with biofuels. Biofuels are made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and plant oils such as soybean. Bioheat® fuel is an even cleaner-burning heating fuel that emits up to 80% less sulfur dioxide as well as 20% less carbon dioxide than traditional heating oils. Fewer greenhouse gases mean cleaner air and a more sustainable future for everyone! That’s why we were one of the first heating oil dealers in the New York City area to make the switch—long before it was mandated!

Ultra-low sulfur Bioheat fuel isn’t just good for the environment: It offers plenty of benefits for customers, too. The quality of the oil in your tank has a big impact on how efficiently your system runs, how long your equipment lasts—and how much fuel you need to burn to keep your home comfortable.

Improved Efficiency Helps You Save

Heating oil is already more cost-efficient than natural gas in terms of Btu content. You need to burn about 40% more natural gas to receive the heating equivalent of heating oil. Cleaner oil burns even more efficiently—helping you keep heating costs down even more. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil also opens the door to super-efficient heating systems, which can increase the advantages of heating oil over natural gas even more. Research conducted by the Energy Research Council/Brookhaven National Laboratory found fuel savings as high as 48.3% when outdated equipment is replaced with a new, high-efficiency boiler.

With more unpredictable winter weather, it’s one more reason more people are sticking to oil.

Protecting Your Investment

Cleaner fuel also protects your investment in your heating equipment and helps it last longer. Less sulfur means less build-up in your equipment and your storage tank. That translates to fewer breakdowns and lower maintenance costs for you.

The average heating oil- fueled boiler or furnace should last around 30 years if it’s properly maintained—nearly double that of a typical gas furnace. Heating oil-based water heaters also boast faster recovery rates. For example, a unit powered by heating oil will recover up to twice as fast as a water heater powered by natural gas, and more than three times as fast as an electric-powered water heater.

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For reliable heating oil delivery service, backed up by fair and transparent pricing and a commitment to customer service, homeowners in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Jersey City area choose Rucci. From heating and cooling services to plumbing and more, contact us to learn more about all we can offer and become a customer today.