Benefits of Oilheat - Why Switch to Gas Heat?
"Switch to gas heat." "Convert to gas." The gas utilities are spending millions of dollars to convince Oilheat customers that natural gas is the best fuel on the market. But there's plenty they won't tell you. And that's why we would like to present the truth about natural gas the utilities are keeping under wraps.
Here Are 6 Reasons Why Oilheat Is Better Than Gas Heat
- Oilheat is better for the environment than gas heat. Utility gas is made up largely of methane, which is 60 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Oilheat is moving towards new environmentally friendly blends like ultra-low sulfur Oilheat and renewable Bioheat® fuel — both of which are mandated in New York City. Tomorrow's blend of reduced-sulfur Oilheat and biofuel "may well become the preferred fuel for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.," according to the Energy Research Center.
- Oilheat is safer than gas heat. Nothing beats the safety record of Oilheat. Unlike natural gas, Oilheat is not explosive. To ignite, Oilheat must be heated to 140 degrees and converted into a vapor. What's more, if you have a system malfunction, an Oil heating system will give you telltale signs such as smoke, odors or even soot before releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO). Gas heating systems give you no warning of CO production or release, leading to potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Oilheat bills are easier to understand than gas heat bills. Unlike utility gas bills, which contain line after line of charges, your Skaggs-Walsh bills are only for the gallons you receive — they tell you exactly what you're paying for, in no uncertain terms.
- Oilheat upgrades cost less than gas conversions and save you more money. Converting from an Oil heating system to a gas heat system can cost as much as $9,000 — and then there's no payback from this substantial investment. That's why the Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) has concluded that: "In 95 out of 100 cases, it makes economic sense to stick with oil, and if an energy-related investment is desired, to invest in conservation."
- Many gas utilities do not provide routine service on home heating equipment. Some utility companies may subcontract their service and installation work, while others ask their customers to refer to the phone book to find a heating service technician. In addition, gas utilities often provide no emergency burner service. Skaggs-Walsh is a full-service home comfort company. You can rest assured that our technicians are available around the clock and throughout the year, and we never subcontract our work.
- With Oilheat - and Skaggs-Walsh - you get warm, personal service - something you won't get from the gas utility. Skaggs-Walsh is a family owned and operated company offering personalized, "I'll-be-right-over" service since way back in 1933. We know your home, your heating system, and most of all, you. In contrast, the gas company is often a large, multinational, bureaucratic entity.
The American Energy Coalition's website gives you many more reasons you should not switch to gas heat. Discover the facts about gas the utilities won't divulge — and if you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact us.
Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil
Your heating oil is better than ever!
In 2010, New York State approved a switch to ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO), which reduces sulfur content in the fuel by 99 percent. The law went into effect on July 1, 2012.
Benefits of Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil
- Heating equipment that runs on ULSHO lasts longer and requires less maintenance.
- Using ULSHO could also increase your heating system’s efficiency. And, according to the Consumer Energy Council of America, ULSHO reduces emissions by over 70 percent compared to traditional heating fuel.
- You don’t need to make any modifications to your burner, boiler, furnace, tank or any heating system component in order to use ULSHO.
- ULSHO can be blended with renewable, eco-friendly Bioheat® fuel to create the cleanest home heating fuel in the USA. Combine that with the latest advanced burners, and emissions are reduced even further!
Oil Heat Systems
We are the premier installer of high-efficiency boilers, furnaces and hot water heaters in New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx and Long Island. Your heating system is comprised of several components:
- Boiler. A boiler is a vessel for heating water that is then piped through the home - either as steam or hot water — to deliver heat to each room. Every heating system that uses radiators or non-electric baseboard units has a boiler.
- Furnace. What a boiler is to a water-based system, a furnace is to an air-based system: the vessel where air is heated. A blower fan pushes the heated air into ducts, which distribute it to the different rooms in the home.
- Burner. Every oil-powered system has a burner. It is a separate component that plugs into the boiler or furnace. As the name suggests, the burner actually burns the heating oil, and the flame heats a "heat exchanger" that is designed to absorb the heat and transfer it efficiently to the water (boiler) or air (furnace).