Guide to Heating Oil

If you live in one of the 4 million homes that aren’t connected to the mains gas supply, heating oil is likely to be the most efficient and affordable solution for heating your home.

There are two main types of oil that are used for heating domestic properties. Gas oil, which is also known as red diesel, is an older type of oil, and tends to be used for agricultural applications more than domestic properties. Kerosene oil is the most popular choice for modern heating systems, proving cleaner and more efficient energy. The boiler installed in the property will determine the type of oil you’ll use. However, if you are able to decide yourself, kerosene is the better choice.

What Is Kerosene?

Kerosene, also known as paraffin and 28 sec oil, has been used domestically since the 1800s. Originally, it was used within paraffin lamps, and is the most popular choice when it comes to heating homes with oil across the UK.

Kerosene is a highly efficient type of fuel, and the majority of modern oil-fired boilers using kerosene have been found to achieve efficiency ratings of up to 95%. To improve the efficiency further, you can purchase premium kerosene. This contains additives, which are used to improve the efficiency. Typically, this will cost you an additional £30, or the additives can be purchased separately.

Kerosene has also been found to last longer than other types of oil, which can prove invaluable when you choose to buy large amounts of oil. The precise lifespan will vary, dependent upon the environment in which it’s stored, but can last up to 10 years in some conditions. You must keep your kerosene in a dry, temperature-controlled environment, away from direct sunlight.

Whatever oil you choose, you should always monitor your usage to ensure you always have sufficient quantities available.