Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Oil Furnaces Have Many Benefits

Construction & Contractors Blog

Heating your house can take a lot of money. That means that you want to get the most bang for your buck. One way to do that is to use a furnace that uses heating oil.


There are several benefits to using an oil furnace:

1. Energy-efficient: More heat goes into your house using one of these furnaces. That's because they are generally forced hot water heaters. There is no loss of heat from heated air as it passes through the ductwork in your house. 

2. Free Hot Water: Because oil furnaces generally use hot water to heat the house, hot water for your house is a side effect. You don't need to have a water heater because there is always a tank of water ready to be heated.

3. Cost: Not only is oil heat more efficient, it's also generally less expensive to use. If you need to change your heater, choosing to go with an oil heater will save you money versus choosing an electric heater because of the fact they cost less to run. 

4. Even Heat: Because oil furnaces don't use blowing hot air to heat, there are no hot and cold spots. The hot water radiates heat out through the radiators and helps to leave a nice, warm house. 


There are also several drawbacks to using an oil heater:

1. Oil Delivery: You will need to set up a regular oil delivery. In the winter, you will generally need to have your oil delivered monthly. In the summer, you can stretch it out since you aren't using it for heat, just for hot water. If you miss a delivery, you may end up with no heat. 

2. Oil Tank:  If you are choosing to switch over from an electric furnace to an oil furnace, you are going to need to find somewhere to put the oil tank. They are usually put underground or in a basement or cellar. You will also need to make sure that the tank is protected from anything that could damage it. Some states may require you to put the tank on a concrete pad as well, so that if it leaks it doesn't go into the soil. 

When it comes to heating your house, the ultimate goal is to be warm but not to have to spend a lot of money. Using a heating oil furnace will let you accomplish both those goals. To learn more about heating oil, contact Self Heating Cooling


22 March 2015