Benefits of Heating Oil – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

The benefits of heating oil are numerous. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your home heating and business energy requirements.

Oil heat is economical.

If you adjust for inflation, the price of heating oil is actually less than it was in 1980! In fact, oil heat has been a better buy than gas heat for 11 of the past 12 winters. Plus, competition among local oil heat companies helps to ensure a better value.

Oil heat is efficient.

Thanks to major advancements being made in oil heat burner technology, some oil heat systems now boast efficiency ratings of over 90%! Another fact is that modern oil heat equipment actually burns less fuel. The average annual fuel consumption in 1973 was 1,294 gallons; in 2001 it was 800 gallons!

Oil heat has minimal impact on the environment.

The environmental impact from using oil heat is much lower than the alternatives, especially electric heat and wood. The air pollution emissions from oil burners are insignificant, and oil storage tanks do not pose a threat to the environment because oil heat is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and biodegradable.

Oil heat is clean.

Today’s oil heat burns 95% cleaner than before. In fact, according to Brookhaven National Laboratory Report Number 52249, entitled “Emissions Characteristics of Modern Oil Heating Equipment,” the technological improvements in combustion equipment have reduced total emissions to the environment by 68 million tons a year.

Oil heat is safe and non-explosive.

It will not burn in a liquid state. In order to light heating oil on fire, you must heat it above 140 degrees, the temperature at which it begins to vaporize. In contrast, when natural gas or propane leaks, even at room temperatures, an explosive mixture of air and fuel forms rapidly. Moreover, oil heat poses one of the least risks of carbon monoxide poisoning to you and your family.

Oil heat is dependable and secure.

We will not run out of oil heat anytime soon. There will always be a plentiful supply, even during the coldest winter months. In fact, the United States has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve with a capacity of 700 million barrels – the world’s largest emergency oil stockpile – in addition to a two-million-barrel heating oil reserve. There are over 36 oil producing countries, and the U.S. is not dependent on any one country or region for its supply.

An oil heat tank ensures you of an ample supply of fuel safely stored on your property. With oil, you have control over your heat. There is no need to worry about the weather, pressure drops in the gas pipeline or broken gas mains. Because heating oil is safe, the oil heat tank can be located anyplace that’s convenient – above ground, underground, in the basement, etc. (Propane tanks, conversely, need to be placed 50 feet from the home.) And wait until you see all the attractive aboveground tank enclosures that coordinate perfectly with your home’s décor.

Oil heat gives you personal service.

We at Jack Rich Inc. provide courteous, prompt, personal attention. Try getting that from your local utility!

Oil heat means cozy home comfort.

Fact is, when surveyed about their comfort, oil heat customers around the country said they find oil heated homes to be cozier than gas or electric-heated homes. While we can’t measure it, warmth, comfort and a nice cozy feeling are definite heating oil pluses.

Oil heat means choice.

And we’re glad you chose Jack Rich Inc. as your dealer! Moreover, you are free to choose from our “menu” of full services – everything from service contracts to payment plans to automatic delivery. On the other hand, there is only one big utility.

Oil heat customers prefer oil heat.

According to oil heat industry research, 95% of oil heat users are satisfied with their dealer’s overall performance and feel they do a good job delivering oil and servicing heating equipment. A majority (70%) feel that the gas utility would not give the same personalized service as the oil heat dealer. They prefer oil heat for all the reasons mentioned above … and more!