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Should I Buy A Home That Uses Heating Oil?

why heating oil massachusettsLots of people are investing in new homes these days, making decisions that will impact their quality of life for years to come.

But one decision that most homeowners make without giving much thought to the choice is how their new home will be heated.

A heating system can have a considerable impact life here in Massachusetts, where your furnace or boiler is active for nearly two-thirds of the year.

The good news for homebuyers is that there are many heating fuel options here in New England. But when it comes to meeting the challenges of a Massachusetts winter, one fuel stands out above the rest: heating oil.

The Perks Of Heating Oil

Why choose a home that uses heating oil? Consider these benefits.

  • It’s the BTU king – Heating oil burns hotter than any other fuel source, which means your home will heat faster and stay warmer. When you heat your home with an electric heat pump, the air coming from your vents will be…well, room temperature – not the cozy warm goodness pumped out by your oil-fired furnace.
  • It’s greener – Think that electricity bests Bioheat® Fuel for eco-friendliness? Think again: Almost all of the electricity produced in Massachusetts is generated by burning natural gas, which is mostly methane – a gas that is more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. When it comes to reducing GHG emissions and shrinking your home’s carbon footprint, Bioheat comes out on top.
  • It’s safe – Heating oil is one of the safest sources of home energy around – in fact, it’s harmless at room temperature (heating oil must be vaporized and ignited under the very specific conditions that occur inside your oil burner).
  • It’s convenient – You won’t need a pipeline to access heating oil – all you’ll need is an easy to maintain, on-site oil tank.
  • It’s abundant – During the winter, high demand for fuel can strain supply for gas – a problem you rarely encounter with heating oil.
  • It’s a good value – Adjusted for inflation, today’s heating oil prices are about the same as they were in the mid-1970s, making heating oil an ongoing bargain.

The bottom line: Whether your choosing a home that’s new or new for you, take a good long look at homes powered by heating oil – the tried and true fuel for homes in New England.

Need COMPLETE heating oil solutions for a home you’ve recently bought? Call the pros at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling! Contact us today to learn more about heating oil deliveries and heating oil maintenance in Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA!