Installing a new home heating system has never been easier, quicker, or more valuable for Rhode Island homeowners with oil heat. New technologies have made oil-fired boilers and furnaces even more efficient, and with state rebates alongside potential special offers from your energy provider, savings opportunities are easy to come by.
What are the benefits of high efficiency?
A heating system that runs at peak efficiency makes a significant difference for your property, your family’s comfort, and our environment.
- Greater warmth and improved home comfort
- Fewer fuel deliveries throughout the winter
- Reduced risk of equipment failure
- Prevention of property and environmental damage, such as oil spills
What qualifies a system as high efficiency?
Each furnace or boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). Simply put, this rating represents how much heat the system gives off, taking into account the energy consumed by the system’s operation. High-efficiency heating systems most commonly share these features:
- 90% to 98.5% AFUE
- Sealed combustion
- ENERGY STAR® approval
How can I tell when it’s time to upgrade?
New, highly efficient oil-fired boilers and furnaces can be upwards of 30% more efficient than models 15 years old or older. A heating system upgrade is particularly important if you have a heating system that falls into at least one of the following categories:
- Over 15 years old
- Operating efficiency less than 80%
- Stack temperature over 500°