Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Heating Your Home But Didn't Know Who To Ask

A Money Saving Guide To Heating Your Home.

We've included lots of money-saving tips, safety tips and general information pertinent to every home that has oil heat or is considering switching to an oil heating system. You'll benefit from it now and in many of the years to come, too. And remember, the more you know about oil heating systems, the more you'll benefit.

U.S. Department of Energy research proves that oil heat offers homeowners many benefits like security, savings and personal service. Additionally, continued technological improvements assure a steady future supply as well as increased savings over the next two decades. That's why oil heat's reputation continues to grow every day. If you have any questions, please contact us, we'll be happy to help!


If you're heating your home with oil, you've made a wise choice. Oil heat provides homeowners with lots of advantages, especially a safe, warm environment. Here's some quick facts about Oil Heat!

Why Smart Homeowners Choose Oil Heat.

Oil Costs Less.

It costs far less to heat your home with oil than with electricity. And oil is competitive with gas. It's a simple fact. History shows us oil heat costs less than almost anything you've bought in the last decade. While postage has gone up 40%.. apples 68%.. and cereal 75%.. heating oil has gone down 28%! Oilheat is the most economical heat source available!


We all like to be comfortable. And oil heat is the most comfortable heat of all. An oil heat system distributes the warm cozy feeling you want quickly, bringing your home to a warm toasty temperature in less time than other fuels. Which means less chill. And less money.

Safe and Secure.

Oil heat is one of the safest fuels ever developed. A clear, champagne-colored liquid that's non-toxic and non-explosive. An oil heat system doesn't "burn" oil like a kerosene lamp. Before heating oil will burn, it must be vaporized. The burner unit in an oil heat system acts like a finely tuned carburetor, turning fuel into vapor for efficient combustion in a sealed chamber. When is the last time you heard of an explosion caused by oil heat? It doesn't happen! Compare that to the weekly disasters involving natural gas, and you can see why oil heat is the safe choice.


The single most important factor in your decision about home heating is the efficiency of your equipment. Common efficiency ratings for modern oil heating systems are over 80%. New technological and design improvements on oil heating systems continue to produce increased efficiency ratings. Click here for information and comparisons on the efficiency of oil heat!


Oil heat can do a whole lot more than just provide efficient heating. New complete oil home comfort systems supply cooling, and keep you in hot water all day long, plus heat hot tubs and swimming pools. Today, you can expect to get the most from your home comfort system. State of the art oil systems provide heating and hot water for the same annual costs other energy sources provide only heating. That's like getting hot water FREE!

With an oil hot water heater, your home will never run out of hot water. A hot tub heated with an oil system will be heated to over 104 degrees in less than an hour. And a hot tub heated with an oil system will stay at a comfortable, constant temperature for a very low cost.


Heating oil is always produced along with gasoline when crude oil is refined. As long as we need gasoline, heating oil will be available. In fact, increasing gasoline consumption is resulting in a surplus of heating oil - a situation helping to keep heating oil prices low.

Most of our home heating oil is produced and refined here in the United States. Domestic and friendly petroleum reserves are available well into the next century. The total known reserves in the world are actually increasing rather than declining, due to improved exploration and extraction technologies. In Oregon, our supply comes from Alaska. Oil is stored locally, so there's always a reserve to help weather an emergency. The full tank of oil at your home represents another measure of security.


Last but never least, service. The old American competitive spirit. With oil heating, you get to choose who delivers your fuel at competitive prices. There are about 244 home heating oil dealers in the state of Oregon. You have the choice and control. So you can decide who you want by price, service and quality. The American way.

How Oil Heating Systems Work.

Every oil heating system is based on one simple principle. The heat from the burner flame produces hot water, hot air or steam which is then circulated throughout the house for heat. Without question, your oil burner is the most important part of your heating system. But contrary to popular belief, an oil burner doesn't burn oil.

Instead it combines fuel oil from your tank with just the right amount of air and then delivers it to the point of ignition at the burner head. This burning mixture of oil and air heats the air, water or steam that's circulated through your home.

This is an extremely safe heating method because fuel oil in its liquid state will not burn. Ignition can only be achieved after the burner has atomized the oil into a fine spray of minute oil particles. These particles are mixed with air drawn into the burner, then ignited by an electric spark generated by the burner's transformer. Oil burners provide a steady flame which is better for your system's efficiency.

How Does Medford Fuel Know When You Need Oil?

How does Medford Fuel know how much oil you have in your tank? It's simple. We use the "degree day" system. Each day the "median" or average temperature is calculated. Every degree the median temperature is below 65 degrees is called a degree day. The more degree days there are, the more fuel you use. Medford Fuel always keeps close tabs on degree days. Then, for safety's sake, Medford Fuel plans automatic delivery schedules about five days in advance.

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Free Home Energy Audit.

Oregonians who heat with oil can get a free home energy audit to help determine how you can save energy and money by weatherizing your home.

The Oregon Department of Energy's State Home Oil Weatherization (SHOW) program offers FREE home energy audits to households heated with oil. With the audits you can also receive low interest 6.5% loans and cash rebates to help pay for cost saving energy conservation measures such as insulation.

In addition to a SHOW audit, owners of rental housing can also receive a state Business Energy Tax Credit. A combination tax credit and SHOW rebate application is available from the Oregon Department of Energy for weatherization of oil heated rental dwellings.

For more information on the SHOW program or to schedule a free energy audit, call Toll Free 1-800-452- 8660 or visit the Oregon Department of Energy website .

Medford Fuel is here to help.

Medford Fuel competes for your business. Your satisfaction is our livelihood. So you can count on us to do our best to serve you.

And remember, if you ever have any questions, Medford Fuel has the skills and expert advice to help you. We can help you make your home more comfortable, more energy efficient, safer and more economical. That's why Oil Heat is the intelligent choice.

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