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All Home Heating Oil is Not the Same

Jan 12, 2020 | Main Blog | 0 comments

People in this country rely on different sources of energy to heat their homes and keep themselves warm during the winter season. Although LPG, electricity, and other renewable sources are familiar, there is one that stands out: home heating oil. The most distinctive characteristic of heating oil is the fact that it is delivered by oil delivery companies and it is stored in a tank that is commonly placed or situated beneath the home.

But contrary to what most homeowners who use heating oil believe in, not all home heating oil is the same. Even if they all look alike and serve the same function, heating oil is actually distinguished into different types and grades. In this article, we look at those differences and compare each one.

Types of Heating Oil

Generally speaking, there are two types of heating oil intended for domestic or home heating. They are:

Gas Oil – This is also referred to as red diesel or the 35 second oil. It is distinguished by the fact that it is heavier and is primarily used in older generation of boilers, more specifically those once used in commercial and agricultural use.

Kerosene – Kerosene on the other hand is the second type. It is known as the typical heating oil and also called 28 second oil. Its main advantage is the fact that it is lighter and cleaner.

If you recently moved into a new house or property, the kind of oil you will be using primarily depends on the type of heating system that is already in place. In most instances, there is a clear label on the boiler or the tank, giving you the right instructions on what type of heating oil was used previously. If there is no indication, you have to ask a heating oil expert to be sure.


Heating Oil Costs

Furthermore, another manifestation that all home heating oil is not the same is the costs. Kerosene, for one, is considered as the more efficient compared to gas oil. But then again, there is also great emphasis placed on the area where you live and the availability of the type of heating oil in your state or city.

Heating Oil Grades

But aside from the two types, heating oil is also differentiated on grades. Traditionally speaking, there are three different grades along with three intermediary grades. Likewise, each has its own distinctive quality and characteristics. But just a preview of the quality of each grade, the common scenario is that when you choose a higher grade, it also means you will have to spend more on it. Although higher grade heating oil is more expensive, it also burns cleaner, more efficiently, and has lesser impact on the environment.

But just like the types we’ve mentioned earlier, you have to first understand your heating system and your furnace to be able to use the right oil required to keep your home warm during the winter. And for your information, heating oil, as of today, is the second most widely consumed petroleum product, obviously behind only to gasoline.

1 – Heating Oil (Grade) 1 and 2

Number 1 and 2 heating oil is considered as the two most common type used for residential heating. 1 is less expensive compared to 2. Actually, 2 has the same classification as diesel fuel in the United States so most people think they’re one in the same. However, they are not because number 2 is formed during the refining process by heating and then condensing raw crude oil. The best attribute of number 2 is that it is more efficient than other fuel sources for home heating like natural gas, propane, kerosene, or even electricity.

2 – Intermediary

Intermediary grade heating oil on the other hand is mostly blended mixtures of higher grades and lower grades. They are mostly used for industrial and commercial burners with better efficiency. However, they are expected to be more expensive.

3 – Number 6

The last grade is called heating oil number 6. This one is the least expensive of the three standard heating oil grades. However, as the price implies, it is also the dirtiest. Using this type of home heating oil will most likely correspond to more frequent maintenance and cleaning of your furnace and heating system. Because of the high concentration of pollutants and sulfur, it is gradually being phased out.


Source: R.F. Ohl Fuel



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Over other fuels and provides that warm cozy feeling on the coldest days. Today new oil furnaces and boilers burn cleaner and provide higher efficiency.

Consider upgrading your heating equipment to save on heating your home. We can provide a no-cost estimate and discuss options to maintain your whole home comfort.

Oil Storage Tanks

May be safely located inside or outside your home and will last for years to come. Oil is non-explosive while in liquid form, non-toxic and biodegradable. Storage tanks should be inspected for leaks; fills and vents should be kept clean and in working order.

The driver should be able to hear a whistle while filling the tank, this is the air pushing out while the oil is going in. Safety is a priority at Carlisle Petroleum our drivers are trained to look for potential problems.

We will not fill tanks that do not produce a whistle while filling if the air cannot escape the tank could build pressure and burst. We will be happy to schedule a technician to repair the problem, our flat rate pricing ensures you know the cost up-front.

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We Offer Automatic Delivery

Automated heating oil to ensure your home stays warm all winter. We have decades of experience analyzing data using weather degree days and your usage pattern to provide you with an uninterrupted fuel supply.

With analysis, we can also alert customers to potential problems with efficiency and operation of their heating equipment.

Degree Days Explained

A degree day compares the mean or average of hi and low temperatures for a given day and location. The standard in the US is 65 °, the temp at which no heat or cooling is usually required.

The colder the mean temperature the higher the number of degree days. For example, an outside temperature of 40° F will be 25 heat degree days for the day. At Carlisle Petroleum we analyze this data to ensure auto fuel customers maintain a sufficient supply of heating oil.

Unforeseen factors can affect the analysis such as operation issues with the equipment or a change in how customers adjust their thermostats. Installing a programmable thermostat can keep consumption of heating oil consistent and predictable throughout the heating season.

Delivery And Payment Options

Automatic Delivery is Available for Heating Oil and Propane

As a credit approved automatic delivery customer you are guaranteed priority delivery and 24 hour emergency service is available at current rates. We will calculate your consumption and deliver on an automatic basis. Serving Cumberland County and portions of Perry and Franklin counties.

12 Month Budget Payment Plan

This program allows you to make monthly payments for a 12 month period May thru April for heating oil or propane.

Will Call Delivery

You may call us for a delivery of heating oil, diesel or propane. Your delivery will be scheduled as we receive them to be delivered on the next day we are in your area. We offer delivery to Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Mt Holly Springs, Gardners, Mechanicsburg, Newville, Walnut Bottom, Plainfield, Shippensburg, Dillsburg, and Shermans Dale.