R.F. Ohl Fuel & Energy Articles

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Why Use A Ductless Air Conditioner For An Oil-Heated Home Without Ducts?

August 1, 2022

Hydronic heating are usually utilized in most oil-heated homes, meaning these homes do not have HVAC ductwork in place. Therefore, during summer, oil-heat homeowners tend to use window air conditioners for cooling than central air systems. Using this type of system may have been logical in the past. However, ductless AC systems has changed this.

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Home Heating Oil – The Top Tips For Summer

July 5, 2022

Even though winter may seem far away, the reality is that it comes faster than you think. The last thing you want to do is wait until the cold weather creeps in, to realize that your tank is empty. This article shares some useful summer heating oil tips any oil-heat user can follow.

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Best Ways To Maintain Your Hydronic Heating System

June 8, 2022

A hydronic heating system, like a vehicle, needs to be properly maintained and serviced to operate as expected. The good news is that homeowners armed with the proper information can do much to help with their hydronic heating system’s upkeep. This article discusses the best approaches to maintaining a hydronic hot water system.

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What To Look For In A New Oil Boiler For Your Home

May 20, 2022

Boilers are built to last, but they will eventually come to an end. Repairs might not be the most economical option. As a result, you will need to install a new oil boiler. This article discusses all you need to know on what to look for in a new boiler.

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What Is The Best Temperature To Set Your Heating Oil Boiler At?

April 24, 2022

It can be a challenge to find out the best temperature that will work best for your central heating oil boiler. Exterior temperatures fluctuate all the time, and everyone has varying heating needs. Therefore, your boiler settings may significantly differ from the next person. Read more to learn the recommendations for efficient home heating.

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How The Efficiency Of New Oil Heating Systems Increase Comfort & Decrease Fuel Use

March 24, 2022

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your oil heating system, given that newer heating oil systems are greatly outperforming older models. HVAC manufacturers are placing a strong focus on efficiency, resulting in some remarkable innovations. Keep reading to find out how these changes can be advantageous to you too.

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Wi-Fi Thermostats for Oil Heat

February 26, 2022

Fifty percent of the US households’ average energy consumption is their heating and cooling. Your oil heating system’s effectiveness and your home’s energy use can be significantly affected by the type of thermostat you have. Therefore, if you want to increase your oil boiler or furnace’s efficiency, think abling a Wi-Fi thermostat.

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What To Look For In An Oil Boiler Repair Company

January 23, 2022

The cost, complexity, and sensitivity of oil heating systems make DIY boiler repairs far too risky. It is also worth noting that any attempt to tinker with the heating system can void the warranty. You can even put your home in danger by working on the boiler without appropriate training. The quest to save money…

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What Is A Boiler Expansion Tank?

December 23, 2021

Do you hear a loud noise every time you turn off the shower. Maybe an HVAC expert advised you that it’s time to replace your boiler expansion tank, but you don’t know what this tank is or what it’s for. This article discusses what you need to know about boiler expansion tanks.

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Gas Vs. Oil Furnaces: Which Is Best?

November 27, 2021

You may question which is the better choice – a natural gas or a heating oil furnace. It is not an easy question to answer. Both these fuels are used to heat our homes, but they are very different from one another. This article discusses the difference between gas and oil furnaces.

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How Much Heating Oil Will I Use A Day?

October 29, 2021

Having sufficient heating oil in your tank is essential during the winter. Therefore, it is also crucial that you know how much heating oil you use in a day to see if you have enough to last through the cold months. This article includes all you need to know to answer this common query.

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Above Ground Vs. Underground Oil Tanks: What To Consider

September 1, 2021

Heating oil is a popular fuel for domestic and commercial heating applications in the United States. As a matter of fact, from 2019 to 2020, fuel oil was used by more than five million U.S. homes as their primary heating fuel during the winter. This data was per the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). If…

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