It is easy to beat the winter blues when your home is cozier and warmer than the wintry, wet weather conditions outside. Coal, that was earlier used to heat up homes, has now been replaced by heating oil – a free-flowing, easily combustible by-product of petroleum. The required quality of heating oil is usually ordered from vendors who deliver the same in huge tanker trucks and this oil is heated in gigantic boilers or furnaces to increase the temperature inside buildings, especially homes and offices.
Homes that have boilers have a separate room specifically built to accommodate the boiler due to their enormous size. But you will rarely find a boiler in the modern homes built these days and the only ones you see around are built into centuries-old bungalows.
A lot of people use heating oil to warm up their homes during cold winters and this increased usage has led to a direct hike in the price. Prices of are usually not stable and tend to rise during winters. Harsher the winter, costlier will be the price tag, making it an increasingly expensive commodity for the common populace.
There are two methods of warming homes in the winter, namely gas and oil heating. The method of using heating oil for the homes in the cold seasons is very similar to the system of heating the homes using gas. The difference is that there will be radiators in the houses utilizing home heating oil facility and the efficacy of the device is greatly dependent on the heating system.
The prices of heating oil and gas vary frequently, and it is not easy to envisage which would be cheaper. But one thing is certain; gas is always available in your home, as long as you pay for it. The demerit of using home heating oil is that, its delivery could be disrupted due to severe weather conditions, and if you happen to run out of oil, you will have to face the biting cold.
Even issues in the local market can affect home heating oil prices. A drop in the supply of crude oil amplified by an increase in demand can send prices sky high. Many oil vendors offer fixed prices so as to help customers control their costs.
You will also find that there are many consumers who handle the hike in home heating oil prices by storing up oil in the summers when the costs are comparatively lower. By and large people store the oil in one large tank or a many smaller tanks that are placed either in the yard or underground.
A sure-fire remedy to avoid over-usage and preserve coziness indoors is to ensure that vents are sealed in every room, exhaust fans are turned off when not in use and the home is well-insulated. Also remember to check the furnace or boiler and have it serviced on a regular basis.