Monday 02 November, 2015
If you are new to the area, you may be wondering what the large tanks outside of homes and businesses are. These are for holding fuel to heat dwellings during the harsh winters. The standard electric systems begin to fail and will leave you with inadequate heat once the temperature drops. The coldest months of January and February also bring the highest amounts of snowfall for the year. You need to know your options so you can be prepared before those months hit.
Electric systems are most commonly used to heat and cool your home. They can be an air conditioner or heat pump unit outside and will have an inside unit such as a furnace or air handler. But they will only heat your home while the outside temperature is around 37 degrees. After that point, they will run, but they are not able to keep up with the temperature difference. This is when a backup fuel system will kick on. You can have a special thermostat so you never even have to worry about your fuel system coming on at the right time.
Portable kerosene heaters can also be used and are effective for smaller spaces. They are not without risk and do not adequately heat entire homes.
Back to those tanks…. They are filled with #2 fuel heating oil. You don’t have to worry about your home smelling like oil or breathing in harmful chemicals. In fact, you can think of the fuel as just a means to light a burner that in turn heats the air drawn in from the heat pump outside.
Benefits to Using #2 Fuel
The safest and most efficient way to heat your Lynchburg home is with #2 fuel. This heating oil is a by-product of the refining process used in the production of gasoline. The cost per gallon varies as it is directly dependent on the current price of oil barrels. Even so, it is a much more economical way to heat your home during the cold winter months.
With an average annual snowfall of over 12 inches, you don’t want to be caught without a way to heat your home. If your home HVAC system needs updating, let Sterling Oil help meet your needs. With friendly financing and budgeting plans, heating your home does not need to be overwhelming. It is also a great time to have a tune up and ensure you have enough fuel before the spike in prices happens during the dead of winter.