Home Oil Heating Systems

home oil heating systems

home oil heating systems
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What does it mean when a house has it’s heating listed as oil heat/forced air?

I am a first time home buyer and live in Michigan. So the cost to heat a home will have a huge bearing on whether or not I buy it. The house I am looking at was build in the Late 1800’s and lists heating system as oil heat/forced air. I have no idea what oil heat is, how efficent it is, or the cost of it.

Can anyone help me out?
does anyone have any idea how often I may have to refill the oil? Also how much it may cost and where I could do so?

A forced air heating system is one that heats the air in your home and blows it through duct work and out of registers. Usually they are on the floor, but can also be on the ceiling or in walls. Most homes in the U. S. have forced air heat. Oil Heat means that the source of the heat is home heating oil. This is basically the same as diesel fuel. It is burned as fuel in the furnace and heats the air by way of a heat exchanger as the air blows through it. Other types of forced air furnaces include gas, and electric.

As for how efficient it is that depends upon how old it is. If it is very old, the efficiency isn’t going to be very good regardless of what fuel is used. New gas furnaces can have efficiencies as high as 90 % or maybe even better. But ones even 10 years old might be only 70% efficient. I would expect that oil fired furnaces would be similar. I recommend that you first find out how old the furnace is, and then have a certified HVAC company check it out.

Something else that you want to consider, especially in a home that old is insulation. It probably didn’t get any at all when it was built, so it is a good idea to find out what you have in that regard. How deep is it in the attic, what kind of insulation is in the walls etc. The higher the R-value of the insulation the better. You can call your local building authority for information on the requirements for new homes in your area, and use that as a basis for comparison .

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