Data shows that while heating oil customers have exceptionally high levels of satisfaction with the service of their provider, many homeowners, particularly younger ones, have misconceptions about the safety of heating their home with oil.*
The truth is that heating oil has always been a remarkably safe fuel. Customers who understand this consider it a big reason they choose to stay with oil heat instead of switching to an alternative fuel. As you continue to enjoy the comfort and safety of your oil-heated home, here are a few points to keep in mind:
You’re probably already aware that oil heat poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions—most often due to a lack of maintenance—you will usually see smoke emitting from your boiler or furnace indicating that there is a problem. In addition, the safety devices built in to the unit will typically shut off the furnace or boiler.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that oil heat consumers shouldn’t have working carbon monoxide detectors inside their home, especially near all bedrooms. There are many other sources for carbon monoxide leaks besides a malfunctioning boiler or furnace. These include:
Make sure to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors regularly to confirm they are operating properly!
You will be able to enhance heating oil safety even further by getting regular system maintenance. This will ensure that your boiler or furnace is operating with optimum safety and efficiency.
*Based on the NORA-funded Oilheat Consumer Research Study.