Heating Oil History and Usage
Heating oil is a refined petroleum product used in furnaces for heat. Commonly known in the United States as No. 2 heating oil, it is a low-viscosity liquid petroleum product often used as fuel in furnaces or boilers.
The first U.S. well that pumped oil from the ground was built in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. But the real history of heating oil in U.S. homes began in 1935 with the invention of the first forced-air furnaces.
Oil heat systems allowed the average homeowner to easily control the temperature in their home by simply adjusting their thermostat, making oil a convenient and dependable source of heat.
Today, nearly 10% of all homes are heated with oil heat (as opposed to gas-fired furnaces). There are an estimated 9,100 retail heating oil businesses in the United States, employing nearly 100,000 people, and with sales exceeding $16 billion annually.
Heating oil is typically delivered to residences and commercial buildings by tank truck and stored in tanks above or below ground. Storage tanks are often located in the basements, garages or adjacent to the buildings they serve.
Heating oil companies like Quarles offer customers the reliably of local storage, and the peace of mind of automatic delivery and price protection plans, so you’ll never be left out in the cold.
To find out how your home may benefit from using a heating oil system, check out the Fuel Savings Analysis Calculator at the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA). This tool uses information from the U.S. Department of Energy to give an accurate estimate of how much money you’ll save with a heating oil system and service from Quarles.