What Is Heating Oil?

Written on: October 24, 2022

Discover the difference in today’s heating oil with Kimlin Energy!

heating oil new york If you heat your Hudson Valley home with heating oil, you know that it’s the absolute best for home heating since it gets your home warm faster than any other energy source.

Kimlin Energy provides dependable heating oil delivery so that you can take advantage of everything heating oil has to offer. Automatic Delivery takes the hassle and worry out of having to constantly monitor your heating oil levels. Now you can relax and enjoy the benefits of a comfortable home without any stress.

Here’s some more information about heating oil.

What is heating oil?

No. 2 heating oil and diesel fuels are low-viscosity distillates obtained from crude oil. Although No. 2 heating oil and diesel fuels have almost identical chemical properties, they are used for different things.

No. 2 heating oil is not subject to the federal excise tax because consumers use it to heat their houses rather than for on-road transportation. To make it more distinct from taxed on-road diesel fuel, it is dyed red, just like off-road diesel is.

No. 2 heating oil is most commonly known as home heating oil or fuel oil to ensure that it isn’t confused with diesel fuel.

Kerosene mix, as the name implies, is a combination of No. 2 and No. 1 heating oils that has been blended to make it less likely to gel in cold temperatures and run more smoothly in your furnace. This winter blend is popular in our area for cabins as well as manufactured homes with an outside heating oil tank.

Is today’s heating oil different than it used to be?

The heating oil Kimlin Energy delivers to your Hudson Valley home has come a long way from the heating oil your parents and grandparents used.

In order to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050, the heating oil industry has been striving to create a more environmentally friendly product that burns cleaner. This has led to some dramatic changes in the last few decades.

In recent years, the most significant change has been the introduction of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). Since 2018, all heating oil delivered in New York must be ULSHO, meaning that it must have 15 parts per million (PPM) or less sulfur content. Traditional No. 2 heating oil contains an average of 4,000 ppm.

One of the many benefits of using ULSHO is that it has a lower sulfur content. This means that, as the world combats climate change, greenhouse gas emissions are much lower than with traditional heating oil, making it better for the environment.

Did you know that lower sulfur content not only benefits the environment but also your winter heating expenses? When there is less sulfur in heating oil, furnaces and boilers are able to operate more efficiently, cutting your energy costs. Reduced levels of sulfur decrease the number of deposits on heat exchangers in your furnace or boiler. That means reduced wear and tear on your heating system, which helps it run more smoothly with fewer breakdowns and a longer life expectancy.

This is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a long list of improvements in the heating oil sector as it continues to improve its environmental protection efforts. The use of biodiesels, which are created from renewable resources such as plant oils and algae, can help us decrease our reliance on foreign oil while also making heating oil even cleaner burning.

With Kimlin Energy, you get heating oil delivery and service you can trust. Become a customer today!