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Is Heating A House With Oil Safe?

Date: September 12, 2022

Our heating oil has significant safety advantages over natural gas

heating oil safety massachusettsWe always tell our new customers, “This is not your grandparents’ heating oil!”

If your memory of heating oil is black smoke and soot, that is long gone. We proudly deliver Bioheat SuperPlus™, the cleanest burning fuel you’ll find in the Massachusetts area. It’s great for the environment and your bottom line. It leaves far fewer deposits in heating equipment, reducing the need for burner cleanings.

Perhaps most importantly for the families we serve — today’s heating oil is far safer than other standard fuels out there like natural gas. Let’s break down why that is.

Heating oil is non-flammable

Unlike natural gas, heating oil is non-combustible. You need to heat oil to 140 degrees and vaporize it to make it burn. In fact, that’s precisely what happens inside an oil-fired furnace. If you were to drop a lit match into a pale of heating oil, it would extinguish the same way it would in a pale of water!

By contrast, natural gas can be lit with an open flame, which is extremely dangerous in the case of a gas leak.

Heating oil rarely leaks

With the unfortunate state of gas utilities all over the commonwealth, gas leaks are more common than we’d like. Inside a home, natural gas leaks can lead to explosions and asphyxiation. Heating oil spills can have negative consequences — especially the risk of expensive cleaning and environmental remediation — but they don’t tend to be as severe as natural gas.

And today’s oil storage tanks are virtually leak-proof. They have double wall steel, plastic or fiberglass construction and protection against corrosion. A Cubby service technician can also check your tank regularly to address potential structural issues early.

Heating oil is there when you need it

So many Boston area households depend on oil for heat and hot water. With an onsite storage tank and a reliable heating oil delivery partner in Cubby Oil, you can be confident that your home will be warm and your family will be safe in the coldest winter months.

When you are at the mercy of a natural gas utility, there isn’t this peace of mind. A leak in one of their pipes can knock out heat for a whole residential block!

Heating oil and carbon monoxide

Although the chances of your oil-fired heat system leaking carbon monoxide (CO) are slim, it is still possible — particularly if your equipment hasn’t been serviced regularly. Don’t wait to call us if you see black smoke or soot coming from your furnace. This means that something is wrong with your equipment. There could be a risk of CO poisoning.

It’s vital that you place carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home and near each bedroom. Test them and change their batteries regularly. Be sure to replace them after five years. Also, please ensure that you and your family know the symptoms of CO poisoning, including headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue.

We are ready to deliver clean-burning, safe heating oil to your home. Contact our team today to become a customer.

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