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Heating With Oil

Updated on November 4, 2013

Heating With Oil in Your Home

Heating your home with oil may seem like an old and dirty choice but with today's advances in oil furnace technology you just might be surprised at how efferent and clean things have become. The biggest decision is where to put the oil storage tank in your cellar, if the look of this huge tank bothers you then think about building a small room around it or just use an attractive set of panels to hide it.

I grew up with the cold winters of New England howling outside our doors and I will never forget that comforting sound of the oil burner made as it came to life quickly heating our home with forced hot air. I would always stand atop one of the floor registers letting the warm air envelop me in its toasty arms.

Oil Furnace Equipment

Boiling water and heating the air are the two main types of heating equipment that oil heating utilizes to keep your home warm. Which ever type of oil furnace you choose it is important to shop around for both price and for the all important efficiency rating which helps you figure out the true cost of owning a new furnace over time. Heating with oil may just be the perfect solution for you and your family.

An oil furnace uses a simple process to create heat. first a pump forces the oil through a filter and then it is sprayed into the furnace and ignited by electricity and burns in the combustion chamber. The gasses that are created are separated from the hot air and sent up the chimney, the hot air is sent to each floor of the house or in the case of using a boiler the hot water is sent to each floor through pipes.Heating with oil can be a great way to keep your home warm and toasty all winter long.

Staying Warm - when the icy wind blows, turn on the heat.. Brrrrrrr

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  2. Russia - 9.67
  3. United States - 8.37
  4. Iran - 4.12
  5. Mexico - 3.71
  6. China - 3.84
  7. Canada - 3.23
  8. United Arab Emirates - 2.94
  9. Venezuela - 2.81
  10. Norway - 2.79

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @AmberSprad: If your furnace is already set for gas then oil may not save you any money over the cost of gas but if you are replacing your furnace then it is a good time to chat with your service person to find out about costs. Coal seems to be the cheapest at the moment.

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      AmberSprad 6 years ago

      I never thought of using oil to heat my home. I am currently using natural gas. Is oil more efficient? I learned how to save money with mu furnace at this heating and cooling site. Is using oil also a way to save money on my heating bill?