Natural combustion oil furnace. Older style oil furnaces like this one are easy to service and maintain. They operate at around 80% efficiency. Newer condensing furnaces can operate above 90% efficiency.
Oil heating systems are more common in the Northeast than in most other parts of the country. Heating oil can be used to fuel a furnace (often system referred to as an "oil burner") that heats air for distribution throughout the house. It can also be used in a boiler that heats water.
A pump distributes the hot water to radiators installed in different parts of the house. Hot water baseboard radiators are the most commonly used radiators. If you have an indirect water heater, this means that your oil furnace or boiler also heats the water you use for washing.
An oil boiler can also be part of a hydro-air system. This is a forced-air heating system that utilizes hot water (pumped through a heat exchanger) to heat air for distribution throughout the house.
Contact Comfort Services, Inc. to schedule an estimate to have your oil heating system repaired or replaced by one of our experts. We provide our heating and cooling services to residents of Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Pinehurst and nearby.
If you have an oil furnace, you’ll also have a ductwork system that distributes warm air to different rooms throughout the house. With an oil-fired boiler, heated water is pumped to baseboard or other radiators in different parts of the house. Alternatively, the boiler can provide hot water to a “hydro-air” forced-air heating system.
Versatile heat source. Fuel oil is a reliable & safe heat source for furnaces, boilers and water heaters. New, high-efficiency furnaces and boilers can operate at 90% efficiency.
A furnace or boiler more than 10 years old is probably operating in the range of 75%-80% AFUE. Today the best “high-efficiency’ furnaces and boilers can operate above 90% AFUE. Many homeowners choose to upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler even though an older model is still working well. As energy prices continue to rise, an appliance that’s more than 20% more efficient really starts to pay for itself.
If you are considering replacing your furnace, learn more about the heating systems available. Call 1-910-695-2665 or contact us online to schedule a comprehensive heating inspection and oil heating replacement or installation estimate. Comfort Services, Inc. provides heating and cooling services to Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, as well as Apex, Garner, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Durham, Fuquay Varina, Fort Bragg and nearby.