Oil heat: Good or bad?
What’s one of the things that Americans are hearing about a lot these days? The rising cost of oil, perhaps? Well, I don’t know about you, but everyday on the radio I hear a constant stream of ads talking about the joys & cost benefits of installing oil heat in your home. Let me say that again…cost BENEFITS. (?!?!)
Hmmm….well, like many Philadelphians I have an old oil tank in my basement. My house has long since been converted to forced air gas heat and is therefore no longer in use, but every house on my block used to use oil as it’s primary heat source. My next door neighbor’s house has never been converted and is still filling her oil tank every couple of weeks, and has told me how much she spends each winter on oil…and the cost is OUTRAGEOUS! Therefore it amazes me to hear these ads from Oil Heat America talking about the reasons people should install new oil heat systems into their homes.
While reading over their list of benefits, I still have a hard time believing any of them are actually true considering I’ve met people who complain about sky-high heating costs. Not to mention the fact that Americans are always hearing how bad using oil is for the environment! But seeing as how I’m not an expert, I thought I’d pose the question to the internet. With the onset of winter coming, do any of you have oil heat? If so, do you like it? Would you consider switching over to oil heat?
As a side note, in last week’s people magazine I read an article about a man named Dallas Gigrich from Seattle who removes old oil tanks for a living. He drains the remaining oil at the bottom of the tank and donates it to needy families. They call him the “Oil Angel.” I thought that was such a great thing to do. Anyways…let me know thoughts on oil heat. Everytime I hear one of those commercials, I start yelling at the radio really loudly! haha.