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Should I Feel Safe Using Oilheat?

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Across Michigan, families depend on oilheat for a large portion of the year. Sometimes people wonder whether oilheat is a safe way to go for heating their home. Not only is it safe, it’s also efficient—and it keeps getting more efficient. Here are some of the benefits of using heating oil in your Wolverine State home.

Why Choose Oilheat?

You don’t have to worry about combustion. One important characteristic that sets heating oil apart from natural gas is that it does not burn in its liquid state. A lit match dropped into a bowl of heating oil would just go out. In fact, oilheat cannot burn until its temperature goes past 140° and it vaporizes.

The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is very low. If you are concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning, you can rest easy with heating oil. Related instances of carbon monoxide poisoning are incredibly uncommon. And in the event of an issue, your system would alert you.

Tank leaks are a thing of the past. In years gone by, it was reasonable to worry about a tank leak. Today’s oil storage tanks are built with corrosion-resistant materials and last for decades—inside or out.

Tank monitoring makes a difference. The latest technology allows your oilheat company to keep up with your fuel usage with the help of a tank monitor. They’ll know when you need a delivery—well in advance of a run-out, and, on the off-chance of a leak occurring, they will be alerted.

Here’s the bottom line: Oilheat is a safe, clean-burning, smart choice when it comes to heating your home. Still, you should be sure to schedule an annual tune-up to ensure that your system runs efficiently. This will maximize its lifespan and save you money in the long run. And if your oil boiler or furnace is showing signs or wear or you have no idea when it was last upgraded, you may be ready for a replacement.