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Building With Oilheat

Open communication between home builders, inspectors and heating oil dealers is one of the many goals of the Ohio Oilheat Council.

Here are a few ways that you, as a home builder or inspector, can better work with a local Oilheat dealer:

  • Ask the Oilheat dealer any questions you may have about the home’s heating system.
  • Consult with the dealer about the age and condition of the heating equipment inspected.
  • Request to be present when the dealer performs repair or maintenance service, equipment installation, or tank removal or installation.
  • Ask about compliance with local codes.
  • Learn about alternative methods of heating and hot water-making, and request new equipment information.
  • Speak with the dealer about any service contracts covering the heating system and/or tank.

If you’re a home builder looking to equip your latest development with technologically advanced, energy-efficient and affordable amenities, look no further than Ohio Oilheat. There are more than 114,000 Oilheated homes and more than 180 Oilheat retailers in our state, so the fuel promises to be a major energy source for Ohio residents and homeowners for many years to come.

Advancements in Oilheat technology have made the fuel 95 percent cleaner than it was 30 years ago; ENERGY STAR®-rated Oilheat systems promote smart and energy-efficient year-round comfort, while renewable blends of Bioheat® fuel help reduce the home’s environmental footprint.

Last but certainly not least, Oilheat burns so cleanly that there are no federal regulations attached to its use. That means less red tape for you and future homeowners to get through in order to enjoy the comforts of their new home. 

To learn more, download the “Build with Oil” brochure or connect with a local Ohio Oilheat provider.

How to Inspect an Oilheated Home

Wondering what you should look for when you are inspecting a home's heating system?

inspectors.pngHere is a checklist for identifying problems when you inspect an Oilheat system in a home:

  • Check the aboveground tank and the condition, placement and size of the tank's vent pipe.
  • Examine the exterior of the furnace cabinet or the jacket of the boiler/water heater. Look for signs of rust, discoloration, burn marks and soot buildup.
  • Operate the heating system using normal control devices to determine function. (Tip: to run the system, make sure the thermostat setting is above room temperature.)
  • Observe visible flue pipes, draft regulators and related components for safe operation.
  • Observe the condition of ductwork and heat outlets, including vents, registers, baseboards and/or radiators. If you see marks that appear to be soot, be careful in making a conclusion about the cause. A homeowner often mistakes dark marks on walls for soot when they might actually be residue from cooking grease or candles. Marks on walls near registers and vents may also be "baked-on" dust. (While these are possible explanations, there are others too, of course. Dark marks on walls could also indicate an inadequate draft, ignition problems or a cracked heat exchanger.)

To find out more, download the Home Inspector’s Companion to Oilheat and connect with your local Ohio Oilheat dealer.

Guide to an Oilheat System

If you are curious about how an Oilheat system works, here is your chance to find out!


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For an Oil Furnace System

The thermostat (1) sends a signal to the controls (2) on the burner (3). The fuel pump (4) draws oil through a filter (5) to the burner. The burner turns the oil into a fine spray, mixes it with air and ignites it in the combustion chamber (6), causing the chamber to become very hot. Air absorbs heat in the heat exchanger (7). A blower (8) sends this air through ducts (9) to heat the home. The air eventually circulates back to the heat exchanger and the cycle continues. Combustion emissions are vented out the flue (10).


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For a Hydronic Boiler System

The thermostat (1) sends a signal to the controls (2) on the burner (3). The fuel pump (4) draws oil through a filter (5) to the burner. The burner turns the oil into a fine spray, mixes it with air and ignites it in the combustion chamber (6), causing the chamber to get very hot. Water circulates around the combustion chamber. A circulator (7) pumps the heated water through radiators or baseboards to heat the home. An expansion tank (8) adjusts to varying pressures. Eventually, the water returns to the heating unit to begin the cycle again. Combustion emissions are vented out the flue (9).

Ohio Oilheat Tank Safety

Heating oil gives homeowners control of their comfort by having an oil tank on their property in which to store the fuel.

Heating oil storage tanks, whether installed aboveground or underground, are extremely safe and will last for decades because:

  • Modern oil storage tanks use corrosion-resistant materials such as fiberglass or corrosion-protected steel.
  • Double-wall construction for oil storage tanks can provide added protection and peace of mind.
  • Industry and regulatory standards based on decades of experience provide guidance for the proper installation and maintenance of oil storage tanks and piping.

Properly installed and maintained, oil storage tanks will provide decades of safe and reliable service.