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Q: My neighbors just had their oil heat system upgraded. They claim the upgrade will save money. My system is about twenty years old and still works pretty well. Why should I consider an upgrade?
A: Studies show older equipment is not as effective as more efficient modern units. New oil equipment produces the highest average efficiency at 85%. Make an appointment to have your system evaluated. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, the service technician may suggest an upgrade. A new system will reduce maintenance and repair costs, lower your heating bills, and provide greater peace-of-mind. A new, modern, compact, high efficiency oil heat system will often pay for itself over a short period of time.
Q: Why should I schedule regular maintenance on my oil heat equipment?
A: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, heating equipment that is maintained annually uses 13% less fuel than units that are not. Approximately 55% of American homeowners have their heating equipment serviced. Those that don't may experience an increase of 10-15% in fuel bills. Maintenance extends the life of your heating equipment by as much as 20-30% which can translate into 5 to 10 years of additional usage for a furnace or boiler. Approximately 75% of all emergency repairs can be avoided with regular maintenance.
Q: I’ve been told that I need to convert my oil heat system to natural gas or electricity in order to sell it. Is that true?
A: No, it is not. Conversion is an extremely expensive process. In most cases the thousands of dollars you spend to convert to natural gas are never recovered. It is almost always more cost effective to upgrade your existing system. New oil heat furnaces are state-of-the-art and will heat a home with efficiency approaching 90% or more—a fact that prospective buyers will appreciate. Your local oil heat dealer is an expert on the costs and consequences of conversion, so be sure to call them first.
Q: I’ve heard that oil heated homes are cozier than homes heated with natural gas. Why is that?
A: Oil heat burns 400 degrees hotter than natural gas, resulting in a cozier house that heats up faster. And because oil heat has a higher burn temperature, it provides a more even temperature in all rooms throughout the house. It’s no surprise that most people who convert to natural gas or electricity regret their decision.
Q: Aren’t oil supplies dwindling? What does that mean for my home heating?
A: It is a myth that oil supplies are dangerously low. With over 36 oil-producing countries, the world’s oil reserves will last a long time. Moreover, we are not dependent upon any one nation for our supply. The U.S. is the third-largest oil producer in the world with 33 American states producing almost half of our supply.
Q: Isn’t heating oil more expensive than natural gas?
A: First, it’s important to know that prices for all home heating options are going up. But unlike home heating oil, natural gas just doesn’t seem to adhere to the old adage of “what goes up must come down.” Once the big utilities raise prices for natural gas, they almost never go back down again! Second, your local oil heat dealers keep heating oil prices as low as possible through good old fashioned competition and a variety of service options. In addition, these folks run small, local businesses and understand the value of superior customer service. A public utility just can't match their dedication. Finally, consider the long term costs. Oil furnaces last significantly longer than other options, averaging 30 years compared to 15 years for a typical gas furnace. Moreover, a gallon of home heating oil produces more heat compared to a comparable amount of natural gas. In other words, your home heats up faster and stays warmer longer—which saves you money.
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