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How Long Is Heating Oil Good For?

Is your heating oil past its prime, or good to go?

heating oil lifespan massachusettsHeating oil typically lasts about 18-24 months, on average. But, there are several factors to consider when determining how long your heating oil will be good. Below, we’ll discuss some of the different conditions that may impact your heating oil’s quality and efficiency, and how you can get the most for your money in Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA when it comes to your heating oil.

Factors that influence heating oil longevity

Not all heating oil is created equal, and that means it doesn’t all “act” the same, or last the same amount of time. Some of the characteristics you can assess to estimate how long your heating oil will be good for include:

Quality heating oil

Like many products, higher-quality heating oil lasts longer and works better than more average fuels. Certain additives present in good quality fuel behave like preservatives, helping to extend the life of your heating oil. Higher quality heating oil also tends to have lower levels of sulfur, which can cause heating oil to break down and not work as effectively. If you want your heating oil to last as long as possible – and give you the most bang for your buck – it’s important to work with a heating oil provider that ensures their product is the best quality.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling’s Bioheat Plus® fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with biodiesels, which are made from renewable resources such as:

  • plant oils like soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower
  • animal fats
  • recycled restaurant cooking grease
  • algae

Bioheat Plus® fuel burns cleaner than traditional heating oil, resulting in dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions, which is better for the environment. It also leaves fewer deposits on your heating system parts. Your furnace or boiler operates more efficiently, which may help lower your heating costs. Fewer deposits also result in less wear on your heating system, so it is less likely to break down and may last longer.

Your heating oil tank’s condition

Even the best heating oil will be less effective if your heating oil tank is in poor condition. Worn-out heating oil tanks can have corrosion and debris building up inside, creating a sludge of sediment in the tank that mixes with the heating oil. Unsurprisingly, heating oil just doesn’t work as well or last as long when it’s contaminated with gunk. Fortunately, a reputable heating oil provider can inspect your tank for any wear and tear that could cause problems for your heating oil quality, along with your furnace or boiler.

If it’s time to replace your old heating oil tank, Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling offers professional oil tank replacement, including safe, environmentally friendly oil tank removal. Among the state-of-the-art solutions we offer for safe, trouble-free fuel storage includes the Granby EcoGard Double-Walled Safety Tank and the Roth Double-Walled Safety Tank.

You can trust Needham to deliver top-quality heating oil that lasts

We know that offering a heating fuel that is clean, efficient, and easy to use is in the long-term interest of both our customers and the communities we love to serve. You can feel good that you’re putting your trust in a company that COMPLETELY cares about our community, cares about our environment, and cares about our customers. For more information about our Bioheat fuel or to request a Bioheat delivery, feel free to connect with us today.