Oilheat Myths

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Many consumers not familiar with the benefits of Oilheat may have preconceived notions about the fuel. We'd like to help set the record straight and ease any concerns that you or someone you know might have.

MYTH: Oilheat explodes.

FACT: Oilheat does not explode.
If you drop a match into heating oil, it will go out as if dropped into water. In order to light heating oil on fire, you must heat it above 140 degrees, the temperature at which it begins to vaporize.

MYTH: Oilheat poses a health hazard.

FACT: Oilheat does not harm one's health.
The possibility of carbon monoxide entering the home from an oil burner is extremely rare. And with Oilheat, clear warning signs one can see are generated before carbon monoxide is released.

MYTH: Oilheat is not a good value.

FACT: Oilheat is a great value year after year!
Oilheat increases in value even further through heating system upgrades. Plus, competition among local Oilheat companies helps ensure a better value.

MYTH: Oilheat is not dependable.

FACT: Oilheat dealers have always kept their customers warm, and will continue to do so.
There is no need to worry about world supply - with over 50 oil-producing countries, the U.S. is not dependent on any one source for our supply. And, in addition to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's maximum 727 million barrels, Oilheat customers can rest assured of an ample supply, thanks to the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, a 1-million barrel supply of emergency fuel oil for homes and businesses in the Northeast United States.

MYTH: Oilheat is dirty.

FACT: Oilheat is now 95% cleaner than 25 years ago.*
Achievements in oil burner technology have resulted in emissions levels approaching zero. In fact, Oilheat burns so cleanly its emissions aren't regulated by the Federal Clean Air Act. New EPA emission ratings affirm that oil burners are now one of the cleanest combustion sources in the U.S. On top of all this, low sulfur products and biofuels, such as those made from soybeans, are reducing emissions even further. *Source: USEPA, BNL Report 52249

MYTH: Heating oil tanks are unsafe.

FACT: Oil tanks are safer than ever.
Oilheat customers benefit from having their fuel source safely stored in a tank on their property - with no need to worry about the weather or disruptions in their fuel supply. Modern tanks are designed with corrosion-resistant materials to make them safer and more leak-proof than ever before. There is no federal law or regulation mandating the removal of an existing oil tank.

Know the facts and feel good about Oilheat!