The Dangers of Oil Home Heating Systems — Heating Oil WaxingResidential heating systems typically use number 2 type fuel if they're heating with oil. At certain temperatures, No. 2 oil begins to "cloud," wax," or "gel," meaning it becomes more viscous. The minimum temperature at which oil will continue to flow is known as the "pour point," and although it may very depending on oil quality it generally won't be below 20 degrees fareneheit. After that, the fuel starts to develop "crystals," wax platelets made from long hydrocarbon chains that slow oils motion. When it reaches a certain level of viscosity, oil can cause:
- Oil Piping Clogs
- Filter Damage
- Loss of Heat
Converting to Natural Gas HeatingThe safe and efficient alternative to oil heating is natural gas. Since the 1960s, the percentage of homes using exclusively oil has been in steep decline. That's because people noticed the huge advantages of natural gas and have been making the switch! As a fuel source for heating your home, natural gas is:
- More Efficient- Get better heating without breaking the bank! Natural gas is typically 20 to 30% more efficient than oil.
- More Affordable- Since natural gas can be produced domestically, it is typically far less expensive. In 2012, a home using natural gas spent about $750 over the course of the Winter — a home using oil spent more than $2100!
- Safer for the Environment- When burned, natural gas releases fewer carbon emissions, meaning a lower carbon footprint.
- More Reliable- Natural gas doesn't have any issue with waxing, so you get to enjoy peace of mind all winter long!