Heating Oil


Heating Oil 101

We think that heating oil is the best fuel for Richmond, Virginia homeowners because it has so much going for it!

Heating oil is safe.

  1. Heating oil does not explode, and in fact it doesn't even burn in a liquid state. In order to ignite, heating oil must be heated to 140°F - the temperature at which it begins to vaporize.
  2. With home heating oil systems, carbon monoxide leaks rarely happen without warning, unlike gas heat systems. Read more about heating oil safety.

Heating oil is "green."

  1. It burns cleanly. Today's heating oil burns 95% cleaner than in 1970. Low-sulfur products and biofuels, such as those made from soybeans, will further reduce the already near-zero emissions. Read more about Bioheat and biofuels.
  2. Residential heating oil equipment creates such a negligible amount of emissions that heating oil is not even regulated by the Federal Clean Air Act.

Heating oil is dependable.

  1. With heating oil, you benefit from having your fuel source safely stored in a tank on your property, with no need to worry about the weather or disruptions in the fuel supply.
  2. Even during the coldest winter months, there's more than enough heating oil for everyone, thanks to our country's 727-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
  3. There are over 100 oil producing countries, and the U.S. is not dependent on any one country or region for its supply.*
  4. Heating oil can be blended with domestically produced, renewable biodiesel to produce Bioheat. Bioheat and biofuels are the future of home heating oil!

* U.S. Energy Information Administration

Heating oil is economical

  1. On a BTU-for-BTU basis, heating oil (including biofuel) has cost less than utility gas in our area for the majority of the past 20 years.
  2. Woodfin offers full service benefits that add value to every gallon of heating oil we deliver.

Heating oil is efficient.

  1. Of all heating fuels, heating oil has the hottest flame, for satisfying warmth, and rapid space and hot water heating.
  2. Thanks to major advancements being made in heating oil burner technology, some heating oil systems now boast efficiency ratings of over 95%!
  3. Modern heating oil equipment actually burns less fuel. The average annual fuel consumption in 1973 was 1,294 gallons; and now it is only 833 gallons. That's 35% less fuel.

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