Oil Facts

10 REASONS WHY OILHEAT IS BETTER!

10. The Facts will Warm You Up

Consistent rates you can depend on. The price of Oilheat is projected to rise at a lower rate than natural gas and electric energy. In fact, adjusted for inflation, the price of Oilheat hasn’t changed since the 1950s. Not many other energy sources can say that.

9. Get hot water. Faster.

The “more–hot–water” heat. Oilheat heats water twice as fast as typical natural gas and five times faster than electricity.

8. How Efficient is efficient?

Less fuel. Greater efficiency. Today, oilheat appliances burn more efficiently than ever. Fuel is cleaner, increasing efficiency and extending the life of your appliance, saving you money.

7. What a little equipment upgrade can do.

Modern solutions for bigger savings. Improving your furnace/boiler efficiency is easy and cost–effective. You can save about 15% simply by downsizing your oil burner nozzle.

6. No "mysterious" costs on your bill

Natural Gas bills can contain extra costs such as Gas Cost Adjustment (to recover operating costs), System Sales Gas Supply Charge, Buy/Sell Sales Gas Supply Charge and monthly Customer Charges. Oil bills are always easy to understand and don't contain any extra charge surprises.

5.Why a hotter flame is better.

The hottest flame around. Oilheat is the most comfortable heat. It burns hot, so you get heat fast to make you comfortable quickly. When it comes to heating efficiency, it’s better than natural gas, electricity, propane and every kind of home heat.

4. We Know Who Our Customers Are

Ever try calling one of the Natural Gas companies for information? Chances are you were transferred around to various departments and probably didn't even get an answer to your question. At Durham Fuels, you are guaranteed personal service from people who know you and your heating system.

3. Clean Burning

Home heating oil burns so cleanly, it's not subject to any clean air requirements.

2. Reliable Source

Oil heat is as reliable as man's best friend. Fuel oil is a natural resource with new supplies being discovered regularly. You have the security of supply in your home, plus regional and national storage. You're sure to always have oil! and the #1 reason why OILHEAT is BETTER......

1. Oil is safe

Unlike Natural Gas, fuel oil is non-explosive. AND, if an oil furnace malfunctions, smoke, soot or an odor will warn you BEFORE carbon monoxide is released. Natural Gas equipment gives you NO warning of carbon monoxide production leaving you and your family helpless should a problem occur.


New Homeowners

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home!

If this is the first time you have heated with oil, you have made the smart energy decision! If you have heated with oil before, you already know oil heat is the safe, reliable, clean burning, efficient energy choice!

You probably have a lot of questions about your new oil heating system. After you have finished reading this section about oil basics, click on Oil Heat Q & A's link for answers to some commonly asked questions.

Safe

Heating oil is a non-explosive substance. If heating oil leaks, it will not explode or support a flame. Therefore, it is very unlikely that a fire or explosion will occur following a basement fuel oil leak. If a burner malfunctions, oil heat equipment will produce smoke before hazardous levels of carbon monoxide are produced. This smoke serves as an early warning sign to homeowners of a system problem before a serious health hazard can occur.

Reliable

Oil heat is everywhere! Fuel oil is a natural resource with new sources discovered regularly. You not only have the security of supply in your home, but you also have regional and national storage. You're sure to always have oil!

Clean Burning

Technological advances have made modern oil heating equipment as clean and non-polluting as any residential fuel-including natural gas. New, high efficiency oil burners release near zero levels of smoke and soot and produce extremely low emissions.

Efficient

When it comes to fuel efficiency, you're at the head of the class with oil heat! That's because your oil furnace is part of a high performance heating system. A modern oil-fired furnace can achieve efficiency rates up to 86 per cent. That's right up there with any other type of furnace, including natural gas.
Take comfort knowing we're always on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep your oil tank filled and your furnace humming. You can take comfort knowing fuel oil is a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly heat source. And, you can take comfort knowing that oil is competitively priced and still the best buy among all home heating options.


Frequently Asked Questions


When it comes to fuel efficiency, you're at the head of the class with oil heat! That's because your oil furnace is part of a high performance heating system. A modern oil-fired furnace can achieve efficiency rates up to 86 per cent. That's right up there with any other type of furnace, including natural gas. Take comfort knowing we're always on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep your oil tank filled and your furnace humming. You can take comfort knowing fuel oil is a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly heat source. And, you can take comfort knowing that oil is competitively priced and still the best buy among all home heating options.

1. Is oil harmful to the environment?

Durham Fuels shares your concern for the environment. That's why we take special pride in the progress we've made over the past 20 years. Thanks to technological advances, modern oil heating equipment is as clean and non-polluting as any residential fuel-including natural gas. Recent studies have proven that oil-fired residential home heating systems are clean burning and produce extremely low emissions.

2. Isn't it cheaper to heat my home with gas than with oil?

The answer is no. Increased demand and reduced supply are causing natural gas prices to rise to record highs all across North America. Hopes for long term low natural gas prices are diminishing as winter approaches. Energy experts predict Ontarians will pay more, even with the gas in their backyard. Skyrocketing gas prices in the U.S. caused by heightened demand, make this an increasingly costly fuel. In the 1980's, the Canadian Federal government offered incentives to homeowners to encourage them to convert from oil to electric heat. Today, the cost of operating electric baseboard heating is 47% more than the cost of operating modern, efficient oil furnaces. History could very well be repeating itself with natural gas. Why take the chance?

3. I am on a pretty tight budget. Can I make monthly payments for my oil?

Durham Fuels recognizes the need for homeowners to know how much their fuel bill is going to be each month. You can choose from our Budget Billing Plan (Post-Dated Cheques) or our Equal Billing Plan (Pre-Authorized Payment). These payment plans allow you to spread your annual heating costs over ten months with equal payments. Your monthly statements include fuel usage and balance. If there are price fluctuations throughout the season, final adjustments up or down are made on your June biling. With Budget Billing and Equal Billing, you never face late payment charges provided all payments are made as scheduled, you save on postage, and your payments never get lost in the mail. Best of all, you don't have to guess what your oil bill is going to be each month!

4. Are oil-fired water heaters and furnaces as efficient as gas equipment?

When the gas utility talks about 90% efficiency ratings, it refers to high-condensing models. While efficient, they are also expensive. As a result, what you'll find in most homes are mid-efficiency furnaces, equivalent to the efficiency of modern oil furnaces. Make sure you compare apples to apples! Oil fired water heaters heat water twice as fast as natural gas and five times faster than electricity. Now that's efficiency in operation!

5. How do you know when I need another oil delivery?

We monitor the ongoing performance of your heating system and record the "degree days". Degree Days represent the average temperature on a given day. By adding each day's number and comparing that to the degree days you can expect from a tank of heating oil, we know when to schedule you for a top-up.

6. How often should I have my furnace cleaned?

We recommend you have your furnace cleaned and tuned at least once a year. This will ensure your equipment is operating at the highest efficiency possible and will give our service technician an opportunity to make sure small problems are repaired before they become costly replacements.

7. What is the average life expectancy of an oil tank?

The average life expectancy of an oil tank is 15-20 years. However, oil tanks should be replaced immediately regardless of age if they show signs of corrosion or leakage. Tanks over 20 years should be replaced even if there are no signs of deterioration on the outside because they could be corroding from the inside out.

8. Does it make economic sense to convert from oil to natural gas?

No! The cost to covert an oil-heated home will vary depending on necessary modifications. Costs may include a new furnace, chimney liner, replacement or venting, gas piping, meter installation, carbon monoxide detectors and an application fee to open your account. Make sure a quote indicates all the costs so you can make an accurate comparison. It costs on average $1500-$2000 to heat a home in Ontario with oil. Potential savings from natural gas prices are estimated to be about 5 per cent, which amounts to $75-$100 a year. Depending on the type of system you choose, the cost to convert can be up to $3500. It would take up to 46 years to recover the costs. In comparison, a new high efficiency oil burner costing $800 may be added to your existing furnace, producing immediate savings of 12-15 per cent. That adds up to about $225 in savings each year. Your investment is paid back in under four years.

9. Do you know how much furnace oil is going to cost this winter?

Unfortunately, without a crystal ball, nobody knows how much furnace oil is going to increase or decrease at any given time. Much like oranges, heating oil is traded on the commodities market and is subject to supply and demand. What we do know is of all modern energy sources, oil heat prices have recovered the fastest.

10. How do I open my Durham Fuels oil account?

If you are interested in opening an account with Durham Fuels, simply call the location nearest you and we will send you an application form. All you have to do is mail or fax us your completed form and we'll take care of the rest! You can also apply for an account online.


Payment Options

We are pleased to offer the following options for bill payment:


Visa, Mastercard
Telephone Banking
PC Banking
Personalized Cheque
Equalized and Pre-authorized Payment Plan
In Person at any of our locations
In Person at all 6 Major Banks, and finally
Good old fashioned cash...just like Durham Fuels good old fashioned service!
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Call Durham Fuels today to discuss the details of our Equalized and Pre-Authorized Payment Plans and we'll find the one that's best for you.

 
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