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Oil Heat vs. Natural Gas

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More than 8 million US households – including homeowners throughout Massachusetts – rely on home heating oil as their primary fuel choice. They do it for some pretty good reasons, too – especially when compared with other options like natural gas.

Here are three key reasons to choose heating oil when you’re thinking about the best fuel source for your home:

  1. It’s safe – Because it does not burn in a liquid state and is non-explosive – unlike natural gas – heating oil is the safest of major heating fuel sources.
  2. It’s efficient – Advances in technology by the heating oil industry have made fuel oil one of the most efficient sources of heat – with efficiency ratings reaching as high as 95 percent.
  3. It’s eco-friendly – Bioheat® produces fewer carbon emissions than natural gas, which has become more of a carbon producer as the use of liquefied natural gas continues to rise. Methane leaks from natural gas have also become a big environmental concern.
  4. It’s a great value – You may hear that natural gas is cheaper than heating oil, but when you do an apples-to-apples comparison, heating oil comes out ahead – mostly because burning heating oil generates about 40 percent more heat than burning the equivalent amount of natural gas. You also have to factor in the fees and surcharges that utilities charge to deliver natural gas – including fees for lost gas.

As you can see, heating oil has some significant advantages compared to natural gas, even at a higher per unit cost – especially when you factor in the cost and inconvenience of converting your equipment.

The bottom line: When you combine new technologies with heating oil’s inherent advantages, it’s really hard to beat. To start benefitting from the advantages of heating oil, contact Needham Oil & Air today!