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Should I Use Heating Oil or Kerosene?

When it comes to heating up your home or business, there are many choices, includin kerosene and heating oil. Here at Woolley Home Solutions, we can provide delivery services for both heating oil and kerosene. But how do you decide which fuel is best for you? To determine whether heating oil or kerosene fits your needs better, you need to understand the differences between the two.

Heating Oil

Heating oil has been used by Americans as a source of heat for a long time due to the fact that it is clean, reliable and affordable to boot. There are, however, still some misconceptions about heating oil. For example, many people still think that heating oil doesn’t burn cleanly. This may have been true back in the day, but heating oil actually burns 95 percent cleaner today than it did back in 1970. It is also capable of being a biodegradable fuel source that is both non-carcinogenic and non-toxic. And  yet, when adjusted for inflation, the cost of heating oil is actually less than it was in 1980.

Heating oil is also a safe option as it won’t ignite until it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it will vaporize. Heating oil will provide your home or business with even and efficient heat and will do so relatively quickly. Heating oil systems also boast efficiency ratings of more than 95 percent and their tanks are safely built to last using corrosion-resistant materials.

Kerosene

Kerosene is also sometimes referred to as lamp oil and is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid that is used for everything from cooking and lighting fuel to jet engine and rocket fuel. Kerosene was first used to light kerosene lamps and lanterns towards the latter half of the 19th century. Kerosene is a more stable fuel option than gasoline and only contains flammable vapors. It can also be stored longer than gasoline and is often considered to be a more user-friendly form of fuel. It’s worth noting that the burning of kerosene fuel does result in the production of carbon monoxide, which means that there needs to be adequate ventilation available if used indoors.

Choosing Between Heating Oil and Kerosene

Now that you know what heating oil and kerosene are, which exactly should you be using in order to heat your home or business? Both are effective fuels that can be safely used, which means that it comes down to the type of tank your property has. If your tank is inside of your home or business, then you should use heating oil. If your tank is built on the outside of your home or business, then you should use kerosene since it will operate better when temperatures are low.

If you have an existing oil burning system to heat your home or business, it is important that you know which type of fuel to use in your system. Using the wrong kind of fuel could not only cause harm to your system, it could be dangerous.

Here at Woolley Home Solutions, we have been providing the northeastern New Jersey area with fuel delivery services for over 90 years. If you need heating oil or kerosene delivered to your home or business, then be sure to contact us at Woolley Home Solutions today.

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