There are around four million homes in the UK and Ireland that aren’t connected to the gas grid. Most of these homes are in rural areas and for some, the only alternative to gas is to use electricity to heat up their water and their houses. Electricity is expensive and inefficient, so if you have space in your garden for an oil tank, or if you’re moving to a new house that has oil-fired heating already installed, you’ll be pleased to find out that there are lots of benefits to oil.
Here are just a few of the benefits of using oil-fired heating to warm your home and your water.
It’s a lot safer than you think
Many people shudder at the thought of having a huge tank full of kerosene in their garden, but home heating oil is actually one of the safest heating options there is! The oil itself isn’t flammable and it doesn’t produce fuel vapours that ignite. The oil can only be ignited and combusted when it passes through the special mechanisms inside the boiler. Having said that, though, it’s always essential to have your tank and boiler installed by a reliable technician, as well as having a yearly (at least) inspection to make sure all’s well.
It’s really very affordable
Unlike gas or electricity, oil-fired central heating doesn’t have access to a constant supply of mains fuel – you have to have your fuel delivered once or twice a year. Paying upfront for a year’s supply might sound quite daunting, but thankfully you can get cheap home heating oil from Supersaveroil.ie to help you out. Paying upfront actually helps you to control your fuel spend – once it’s there, it’s there, so there’ll be no unpleasant surprises in the form of huge bills. You may occasionally have to top up your supply if it’s a hard winter, but by buying your oil in the summer, when it’s cheaper, you can cushion yourself against any really eye-watering spends. Some delivery companies offer the option to spread the cost over the year, too, so always ask if this is possible. You can also bulk buy your oil with friends and neighbours, which will reduce the cost of the oil and the delivery charge.
Oil heating is also surprisingly efficient
Previously, oil-fired boilers were either on or off; there were no temperature controls and you faced the prospect of either freezing or roasting (well, maybe a slight exaggeration there…). Modern-day oil boilers have the same sorts of controls as gas-fired central heating systems do, so you can fine-tune your boiler’s operating times and temperatures to suit your schedule and preferences. You’ll be able to use a thermostat to control your temperature, as well as set a schedule so the heating turns off when you’re leave for work but starts purring away nicely when you’re returning home. In addition, you can also control each radiator and use a thermostat to control the temperature of your hot water.
So as you can see, using heating oil is actually a brilliant alternative to gas or electric heating.