Friday, 14 December 2018

The Benefits of Heating Your Home With Oil*

When we’re looking at moving to a new house, heating is one of our primary concerns, especially if we will be buying the property and so responsible for the upkeep of the system, and for the cost of any repairs and maintenance needed. Heating is one of the things that surveyors look at so that you’ve got all of the information about the central heating system, the boiler, and the hot water, in your new home. The last thing that we want after all is to move into a house to find that it’s cold, the boiler is struggling, and expensive repairs and replacements are going to be needed in the next year.

Usually, these searches come back telling us that a gas main supplies the home that we're looking at. That’s what we expect to see. When we’re told that a house is heated with oil and that you’ll need to look at bunded oil tanks to store it, it can be a little off-putting. Not least because most of us have never heard of it. We grew up in houses connected to a gas main. We’re familiar with combi boilers and British Gas. Anything out of the ordinary is scary. But, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are many advantages to heating your home with oil. Here is a look at a few of them.


In the past, heating your home with oil has been more expensive, and it’s fair to say that it might be again in the future. But, this is the same with any form of fuel. Even the price of petrol for your car goes up and down frequently. There are certainly no guarantees of a reasonable price for any kind of fuel.

But, in the last few years, the price of oil for home heating has dropped significantly, and the increase in oil production could see it fall further still.  It’s also become a much more efficient system, and storage units have become more effective. This efficiency means that most people that use oil to heat their homes use less of it over time, which saves them a lot of money. If you’ve got a large storage tank, you can also buy your oil in bulk, which can make it much cheaper, and certainly more cost effective than being at the mercy of a gas provider every month.


That efficiency is a benefit of its own, even without the effect to the cost. Any oil heating boiler today has to meet rigorous safety checks and standards to be on the market. Because of these checks, it’s thought that heating your home with oil could save up to 90% energy. An oil-based heating system heats the same space much quicker than a gas system would.


Years ago, the idea of an oil tank in your home or garden might have been off-putting. Today, containers can be custom made to fit your space, and to fit in with your garden design or decor. These tanks are fireproof and safe, and because they are prepared to such a high standard, they can last for a very long time. The efficiency and energy savings of oil heating burners mean that they too can last for a long time, and often need fewer repairs than a gas system. Which again saves you money over time, but it also means that you are less likely to find yourself without heat in the winter when you need it the most.


Used correctly, a gas system should be safe. But, we’ve all heard terrifying stories about gas leaks leading to fires and damage. Not to mention undetected harmful fumes leading to property damage and poisoning. Gas shouldn’t be dangerous anymore, but it can be, and you don’t always know until it’s too late.

Oil is a much safer way to heat your home. There are less associated risks, and anything that can go wrong is usually easy to spot as soon as it becomes a problem. Giving you peace of mind above all else. A leak to an oil tank is very unlikely, and if it doesn’t happen, it won't pose nearly the same risk as a gas leak.

Of course, all systems have pros and cons, and you should weigh up your individual situation before deciding. But, don’t automatically be put off by an oil burning heating system. It might end up being a good thing that saves you time, money and stress going forward.

*Partnered post

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