What is Home Heating Oil?

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The majority of households in the UK are connected to the national gas grid. However, there are plenty who rely on heating oil to warm their homes instead – with the key difference being that it gets delivered manually and is kept in a storage tank. If you’re new to this, understanding what home heating oil is and its uses could help you to save greatly in the long run.

If you’re considering looking for an alternative approach to heating your home, this guide should help to answer all of your burning questions.

What are the different types of heating oil?

There are only a handful of heating oil types available, with the two main examples of heating oil including:

  • Gas oil – also known as red diesel or 35-second oil. It’s a heavier oil that’s generally for commercial or agricultural use.
  • Kerosene – also known as home heating oil or 28-second oil. This is a lighter type of oil which is used in a domestic setting in many homes in the UK.

At Certas Energy, we provide an exclusive premium kerosene heating oil. This includes a number of benefits, such as reducing the risk of breakdown, lowering boiler maintenance costs, and reducing sludge formation. For more information, contact us on 0345 600 4040 or click here to email. 

What is kerosene and how is it made?

Kerosene is a type of oil which is commonly used in domestic heating systems in the UK. Also known as heating oil or paraffin, it is a non-corrosive fuel that poses less danger than other fuel types. There’s also an added benefit too, in that it can be stored for several years – making it ideal for domestic storage.

Petroleum is a natural oil found beneath the earth’s surface, which can be obtained through drilling and distillation. Using high temperatures, the petroleum is then broken down into different fuels, including butane, propane, petrol, diesel, and kerosene. The kerosene is then finally extracted and stored for home heating oil.

Why use heating oil for central heating?

There are a number of benefits that come with using heating oil to power your central heating, which is why so many people are using it. Some of the main reasons include that it is:

  • Safe – home heating oil is non-explosive and will not burn in its liquid state, only when it is vaporised.
  • Efficient – oil usually burns at 70C, which is hotter than electricity or natural gas – meaning your home can warm up quicker.
  • Economical – heating oil is among the cheapest options including gas from the national grid and electric. If you use a regular supplier, they often offer different payment plans to help manage the cost of deliveries.
  • Flexible – with heating oil, you own the tank so there’s no additional costs. You have the freedom to buy fuel ad and when you please, while the price of oil can fluctuate too – which can be used to your benefit.

Storage regulations

If you’re using heating oil in your home, it’s important that you follow the proper storage regulations as set out by the government. The guidance applies to tanks that can store up to 3,500 litres of fuel, while any higher would have to refer to business regulations.

If you don’t yet have a tank but are thinking about getting one installed, it’s important to make sure the tank is manufactured to OFTEC standards and that a registered technician installs it. In addition to this, you will also need to take the location and positioning of the tanking into consideration too, as well maintaining regular checks.

A full list of rules and regulations can be found on gov.uk, as well as industry standards agency OFTEC.

How do I buy heating oil?

You can order heating oil easily with Certas Energy.

To do this, you simply need to choose which type of oil you require then select how many litres you need (between 500 and 5,000 litres). If you’re a new customer, you need to set up an account and add your personal details and address, which we’ll use for deliveries. From here, we’ll agree on a quote and you can proceed to checkout.

We can deliver goods within England, Wales, and Scotland and will have the oil with you by the delivery date in your quote, or if no date is set, within 30 days.

For more information, read through our domestic terms and conditions.