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Are Heating Oil Furnaces Efficient?

Choose winter heating that keeps you and your loved ones reliably warm.

efficient heating Sherborn, ma Heating system efficiency is a serious concern in Needham, Framingham, Medfield, Wayland and other Massachusetts communities we serve. Our customers want to know they can keep their families warm and comfortable when a harsh nor’easter blows in and the temperatures stay stubbornly below freezing.

Many Needham Oil customers depend on oil-fired furnaces for heat in the winter, and we are happy to say that these heating systems provide excellent bang for your energy buck!

Understanding AFUE

If you’re interested in heating efficiency, you might have heard the term AFUE, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This number tells you how well a heating system converts fuel into heat. In this sense, it’s a bit like your vehicle’s miles-per-gallon.

AFUE is expressed as a percentage. In a heating system with 84 AFUE, 84 percent of the heating oil consumed goes to heating the home. The rest is lost.
Today’s oil-fired furnaces have AFUE ratings between 84 percent and 90 percent.

However, a furnace that is over a decade old may have lost much of its efficiency over time. Your old furnace could be reduced to an AFUE in the low 60s. As you can imagine, arranging an oil furnace replacement — and improving your AFUE by 30 percent — can do wonders for lowering fuel usage.

Heating Oil’s Superior Btu Generation

Are you thinking of switching from heating oil to another heating fuel? Before spending a lot of money on a home conversion, it’s important to look at the relative effectiveness of different energy sources at generating heat.

You get a lot of comfort for your energy dollar with heating oil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, you can generate about 138,500 British thermal units (Btu) with one gallon of heating oil. By comparison, here’s what you’d need to produce that same amount of heating energy from other sources:

  • About 134 cubic feet of natural gas
  • About 41 kilowatt hours of electricity

When the mercury plummets in our part of New England, heating oil is a reliable source of robust heat.

Needham Oil helps you get the most from your oil-fired furnace.

For over 150 years, the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team has kept households safe and warm in Norfolk and Middlesex counties. We want you to get the best, most affordable heat from your heating oil furnace.

The best way to keep your heating system’s efficiency up and your fuel bills down is with annual furnace maintenance. Trust our licensed technicians to inspect, calibrate, clean and test your furnace this fall. We’ll get it running at peak performance before winter arrives.

Even better, you can guarantee your furnace’s performance with one of our affordable, comprehensive Heating Plans. With your heating system protected, you’ll receive FREE annual maintenance, priority emergency service and discounts on needed repairs. We also offer Loyalty Credits for enrollment, which you can put towards heating system upgrades!

Needham Oil customers know they can enjoy top-tier comfort without breaking the bank. Contact us to learn more.